ABOUT MEGetting to know Andrea G. Oliveira
My Professional Nest
I received my Master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Lisbon in Portugal and went on to pursue a Post-Graduate Certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health at UMass Boston with Dr. Ed Tronick. I have worked as a child and family counselor in several community and hospital settings providing both mental health and behavioral counseling, as well as parent education. My passion lies in the early childhood field, particularly in developing and implementing prevention programs that aim to promote positive social-emotional development. I am a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) and a Circle of Security Parent Educator, as well as a member of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIHM) and the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIHM). I am bilingual in English and Portuguese.
For more information see my profile on LinkedIn.
My Personal Nest
Ever since I can remember I have been an observer. I would sit on the bus and watch how people interacted. I would be intrigued and imagine what their lives were like. I would imagine what the world would be like if we all treated each other better. Choosing Psychology as my major was really a no-brainer. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I wanted to undersatnd how people developed, I wanted to have tools to intervene, but above all I wanted to be able to make small changes and impacts in people’s lives. I love to observe, I love to reflect, I love to think about life. I started sharing my reflections on my personal blog Two Tiny Feet, One Big Heart, which will now be transitioning into this website under My Personal Nest. I have always been weary about mixing my personal reflections with my professional ones, but as time has gone by I see how much they influence each other. I have become the person I am in part due to the exposure that my professional lens has granted me. And as much as you try to put it aside, you always have your personal experience in you when you are acting as a professional. Especially now, as a new mother. Yes, I am a new mother to a wonderful, energetic, and funny 2 year-old girl (#My2013Pumpkin). I have been enjoying this wonderful ride full of ups, downs, and excitement that is this journey of parenthood. She is showing me a whole other side of parenting, but above all, teaching me so much more about love.
My Little Reader’s Nest
I love books! I used to read all the time before having kids! From novels to psychology manuals, you could always find a book on my nightstand (and later, with more modern times, on my Kindle. Although I have always preferred the touch of a real book.)
Then came the kids. As their library grew, mine paused for a moment. I LOVE reading to my kids! It’s such a great way to play with them and teach them the love of books. Early literacy, along side playing and talking to your children, are so important for their future development and school readiness. If you talk, read, and play with your kids from birth, you will see their early language skills blossom and develop through the years, as well as their love for reading and learning.
This has just recently brought me to Usborne Books & More! I fell in love with their books AND the company! The books are of an amazing quality and are so engaging! So much so, I decided to join them as an Independent Consultant. Follow this new chapter on My Little Reader’s Nest and learn all about the books! Do you love kids books? Ask me how you can shop, fundraise, or join my team!
This post is also available in: Portuguese (Portugal)