Meet RTT therapist Dr Giana Gomes

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Dr Giana Gomes rapid transformational therapy

Rapid transformational therapy has much to recommend it. Just ask veterinarian and now RTT therapist herself, Dr Giana Gomes, whose aim is to help those in the profession experiencing stress and burnout. By Dr Phil Tucak

Suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout, aquaculture veterinarian and former research scientist Dr Giana Gomes decided it was time for her to rethink her career direction.

Following a period of healing and self-development, this led her to her current base in Singapore where she is completing a Master of Guidance and Counselling while also running her business Trueselfhealing Online, using rapid transformational therapy (RTT) to help clients in the veterinary care community cope with moral distress, moral injury, burnout, emotional fatigue, and other mental health issues.

“When I decided to completely change my career path I was probably suffering from burnout,” recalls Dr Gomes. “I was getting sick all the time and not feeling my normal self. I realised that helping other people directly as a therapist would be more fulfilling than being a research scientist. However, there was one thing that was missing—how would I fit my love for animals into the wellbeing business?

“So, with my love for animals and my study towards becoming a rapid transformational therapy therapist, I wanted to merge my professional background and passion for animals into something that would work for a larger cause. And when I learned more about compassion fatigue—or what is probably better referred to as empathy fatigue, as it’s our empathy that gets tired—it all started to make sense and I could clearly see the path I had to take, which was to help those who work with animals.”

After graduating as a veterinarian in Brazil in 2003, Dr Gomes initially worked for a large shrimp hatchery and then in other aquaculture roles, before migrating to Australia in 2008 where she had jobs in government and academia. 

“While working at James Cook University in Townsville I completed a PhD in fish health and genetics. During this period, I also started working with fish veterinarian Dr Richmond Loh, helping him to expand his business around Australia. In 2018 I relocated to James Cook University Singapore working as a lecturer and researcher. In 2019 I moved to Hong Kong where I worked as an assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong veterinary school and helped to develop their aquatic animal health program. I returned to Singapore late 2020 and continued working in aquaculture research, until late in 2023 when I decided to quit to start my new journey,” says Dr Gomes.

“While my career journey was amazing, and took me to great places, giving me the opportunity to meet wonderful people and learn many skills in different areas of science, it got to a point where I started questioning the impact of my work. I started realising that the work I was doing was not bringing me meaning anymore. I questioned my purpose and my ‘why’, and I realised that helping others was something natural for me, but the love for animals was still there.”

Although it can potentially be applied to a wide range of industries, Dr Gomes explains that RTT is particularly suited to veterinarians and others working with animals—drawn to such professions because of their empathy and compassion—because it helps develop greater mental resilience.

I was getting sick all the time and not feeling my normal self. I realised that helping other people directly as a therapist would be more fulfilling than being a research scientist. However, there was one thing that was missing—how would I fit my love for animals into the wellbeing business?

Dr Giana Gomes, founder, Trueselfhealing Online

“RTT helps to identify the limiting beliefs related to resistance related to self-care and life-work harmony that so many vets or animal care professionals experience. And I know this because that is how rapid transformational therapy changed my life,” says Dr Gomes. “After experiencing RTT, I was able to reframe the way I spoke internally to myself, to build my own praising words and statements which lifted me up and cheered me up every day, particularly during difficult times—which has been a game changer in my life.

“Compassion fatigue or emotional fatigue is a common issue for animal care professionals, and it can have negative consequences for their mental health and the quality of the care they provide to animals. We start questioning ourselves, our feelings or even our love for animals.”

Gomes discovered RTT as a client, experiencing firsthand the benefits of this form of therapy which then inspired her to become a therapist herself. 

“This award-winning hybrid therapy method was created by Marisa Peer in England, and integrates the principles of hypnotherapy, neuroscience, positive psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy and the power of neurolinguistics to deal with a range of mental and physical conditions,” explains Dr Gomes.

“Rapid transformational therapy focuses on finding the root cause of the problem and reframing it. It re-wires how the person thinks, empowering the client to understand deeply how their mind works, what are their limiting beliefs, how the mind creates its own beliefs, and how it can manifest these beliefs in the physical body too. By using powerful words that excite and motivate the mind, RTT causes significant changes in how people think and act.” 

Dr Gomes plans to return to Australia within the next few years to build a sanctuary where animals and people can heal together.

“My goal is to stop animal cruelty and suffering, globally. I believe rescue centres have a significant role in this path, however in my mind there was always a deeper question—why do people harm animals? My belief is that it is because people are hurting too, extending the principle of ‘hurt people hurt people—and animals’, says Dr Gomes. 

“So, if my aim is to stop animal suffering and cruelty, I must help people. If I want to change the way people treat or mistreat animals, I must help people who are hurting. And I can start this process by helping people who are already helping animals.”

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