Helena studied Modern Latin-derived languages in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later obtaining a degree in Psychology from PUC-RJ. Various clinical formations followed, including a formation in Psychoanalysis.
Helena obtained a Masters in Applied Linguistics and an MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder from King’s College London. Between Masters in A.L. and current PhD research, she worked as a clinician in her private practice where she acquired experience with schizophrenic patients.