About Me

About me

My name is Yema Ferreira and I am a healer, psychotherapist and life coach. My mission is to spiritually liberate black and African people all over the world, and to be part of the movement to heal the collective trauma of black people and people of African descent resultant from slavery, colonization and neo-colonialism. Part of this process is to retrieve our History – our individual personal histories, our family and community histories, our national histories and, importantly, our pre-colonial history as a People.

 

I have known from a very early age that I was here to work with people therapeutically to resolve trauma.  To that end I studied Psychology at undergraduate level at Temple University in Philadelphia (USA), and later began my training in Existential Psychotherapy at Psykoterapeutisk Institut in Denmark. I have since obtained a Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regents University London, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the same university. I am currently a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

 

Although psychotherapy helped me to develop my practice in important ways, it turned out to be only part of what I needed to take on my task. And so, I went on to do some Coaching training and to study and explore spirituality as well, in order to further develop my natural gifts. As a result, I use a blend of all these skills acquired and deepened in different ways in my work with women.

 

 

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Yema Ferreira

My professional roots are in the women’s movement, working as a counsellor for women survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. I worked for a community organisation called Women Organized Against Rape, Philadelphia’s official Rape Crisis Centre, doing crisis counselling for rape survivors on a help line and hospital emergency room (A&E). I also worked for the Bilingual Domestic Violence Project, in another Philadelphia organisation, providing domestic violence counselling on an individual and group basis for women experiencing or recovering from domestic violence.

In other capacities which involved using my organising and facilitating skills, I worked for the Angolan network of women’s organisations, Rede Mulher, a refuge for women fleeing domestic violence situations in Denmark, and an HIV testing and counselling point for minorities in Denmark.

In the UK, in a counselling and psychotherapy capacity, I work with women who have experienced various forms of Violence Against Women, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse and trafficking, to name a few. I have also helped diverse clients through trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, coping with a chronic illness among other difficulties.

As a black and African woman in the psychotherapeutic and coaching worlds, I have been very aware of the great insufficiencies in addressing the specific needs of black women, and I have made it my mission to fill that gap. Click here to learn more about how I work.

Ana, London

I was a bit stuck in my life. There were things I wanted to do and things I had to do, and both worlds became too overwhelming, and I did nothing. The workshop helped me create a map to navigate through my self-doubt and keep me moving. It gave me the tools to help focus my thought, language and communication into action. Every time I lose sight of my intention, I look at my vision board, and I can pick myself up again and carry on.

Anonymous, Brussels

I’ve always wanted to do therapy because I knew I needed it, but all my attempts to commit were unsuccessful because, what I would call a connexion, was lacking. When I started with Yema I found that working with a black woman like me made things easier. There is an entire, spiritual, historical and political context that I don’t have to explain, and a range of emotions arising from it that I don’t have to feel apologetic for. In this unique context, being heard by someone who looks like me, validates my experiences in a more meaningful way.  I believe black women need each other and need to learn to heal one another, more than ever. There is a healing dialogue that can take place even in silence.
 
I approach mental health care as any other self-care, this is my way of recognizing that as, I, woman - black -  African - and immigrant, go through a very unique set of challenges and difficulties in life, it is real, and choosing a black woman therapist fills a void, it is a personal and political decision that feels very appropriate. 

You've got a question? Just send me a message… I’d love to hear from you!

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3 days ago

Yema Ferreira

When was the last time you took yourself out on a date? Where would you go or what would you do if you did take yourself out on a date? What would feel absolutely delightful and indulgent? Can you give it to yourself? #SelfCareWednesday ... See MoreSee Less

When was the last time you took yourself out on a date? Where would you go or what would you do if you did take yourself out on a date? What would feel absolutely delightful and indulgent? Can you give it to yourself? #SelfCareWednesday

5 days ago

Yema Ferreira

Today I bring you a little prayer of gratitude for help in those difficult times, from Sonia Choquette's Uplifting Prayers to Light Your Way.

Holy Mother-Father-God,
Divine Loving Light and Heart of the Universe,

Thank you for lighting my way through the darkness and for keeping my heart open to your love and guidance. I feel your presence in my heart and in my bones, clearing and cleansing the old and making way for the new. I am grateful for your love.

Amen and with infinite gratitude.
#TGIM
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Today I bring you a little prayer of gratitude for help in those difficult times, from Sonia Choquettes Uplifting Prayers to Light Your Way.

Holy Mother-Father-God,
Divine Loving Light and Heart of the Universe,

Thank you for lighting my way through the darkness and for keeping my heart open to your love and guidance. I feel your presence in my heart and in my bones, clearing and cleansing the old and making way for the new. I am grateful for your love.

Amen and with infinite gratitude.
#TGIM
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Self-awareness is the first step to meaningful change. Are you highly sensitive? What does that mean for your mental health? What does it mean for who you want to be in the world?
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"Those of us who are healers in these modern times and contexts... are reduced to going about it in the only conventionally acceptable way: getting a Western education as doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists and other helping professions."

Yema Ferreira on Twitter

“What is a therapist anyway? In today's blog post I offer one perspective. #Healing https://t.co/5b7cZZSWWa”

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