Heloisa Portela

Heloisa Portela

Dr. Heloisa Portela, LPCS, NCC, ACS, RPT-S, Director

I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor providing counseling services and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. In addition to psychotherapy, I provide clinical supervision and training for mental health practitioners. I'm one of a handful of Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisors in Wake County who are also credentialed as a supervisor in play therapy. 

I love people. I want to know them, to help them, to make them smile. I'm curious by nature and enjoy trying to understand what's beyond what they present. That's why I became a psychotherapist. I've worked with childrenadultscouples, and familiessince 1994. 

Before moving to the U.S., I was a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Brazil, where I specialized in working with families, adults, and adolescents. Once in the U.S., I became a Licensed Professional Counselor and expanded my practice to include children and couples.





  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LCPS)

  • Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S)

  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  • Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in Training (SEP-training)



Professional contributions

  • Published articles in, and a reviewer for, Play Therapy magazine

  • Teach graduate courses and mental health professionals

  • North Carolina Association for Play Therapy (NCAPT)
    - President for 2 consecutive years
    - 7-year+ board member

  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
    - Leadership Academy graduate
    - Conference Program Committee member