English Speaking Therapists in Brazil

It's a Challenge to Find an English Speaking Therapist

Finding an English speaking therapist in Brazil is a conundrum.  While your chances are much higher if you live in a large city like Brasilia, Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, it’s still very difficult. Expats use private therapists rather than the social system and pay out of pocket. There aren’t many fully fluent English speaking therapists, so expats typically use online therapists. 

A Bit About Mental Health In Brazil

English Speaking therapist in Rio de Janeiro

People in Brazil frequently do not appreciate or outright disregard the mental distress of anxiety or depression. The emphasis tends to be on addressing physical ailments rather than addressing mental challenges. A significant portion of patient concerns is typically managed by doctors, which excludes the option of involving psychologists or psychiatrists in making well-informed decisions about healthcare. As a result, in demanding situations, the significance of taking breaks to prioritize mental well-being often goes unrecognized. 

Brazil Can Intensify Mental Health Concerns

Living in Brazil may be a dream come true for many expats.  The emphasis on family and community, lack of international conflict, and sub-tropical weather provide protective factors when dealing with mental health issues. However, there are things that can cause or intensify existing emotional states. The following list includes what others have reported as having a negative impact on their mental health. 

  • Invasion of personal space
  • Vanity – Brazil can feel very superficial. It may feel like they are obsessed with how they look. is seen as a healthy relationship with your body. Expat women in particular perceive Brazillian women as cold and jealous. They feel evaluated by other women for what they are wearing
  • Non-committal and non-confrontational – Brazillians will lie to your face and agree to things with no intention of following through. They don’t want to let you down. Never admit when they are wrong.
  • Crime – High crime makes for significant restrictions of where you can and can’t go.
  • Langiage barrier – You have to know some Portugese.  Finding an English speaker is a rarity.
  • Expensive – It’s not cheap.  Housing costs in big cities are on par with other big cities such as London and New York.
  • Lack of infrastructure
  • The bureaucracy is massive, complicated and confusing.  Getting a visa is a complete headache and the foundation for getting a tax and ID number.  Without those, you can’t do much of anything. Everyone knows the run-round of standing in a long line with a stack of paperwork only to be told to come back later. You need an ID to do anything.

Native English Speaker Expat Therapists

If you are striving to have a more balanced emotional life, having a comfort zone of cultural and linguistic familiarity is key. Working with an Apricity therapist gives you the best of both worlds; you get to have a hiatus from the local culture while enjoying the convenience of online therapy with a therapist that implicitly understands the expat experience. Each of our therapists has years of experience, is licensed, and has your best interests at heart. We will work with you to identify your therapeutic ambitions and then help you accomplish them.