About

What is Citta?

CITTA IS CLEAR AND KNOWING

In western cultures our mind & heart are typically seen as separate.  Our mind is what thinks, while our heart refers to feelings and emotions. In Buddhist Psychology, these two are seen as one CITTA. 

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Mind & Heart Transformation

Our Mission

To promote human flourishing.

Our Goal

To transform mind & heart to cultivate optimal well-being and to promote human flourishing by unveiling our innate goodness.

Our Values

Wisdom & compassion.

Compassion

Sensitivity to suffering of oneself and others, coupled with aspiration to alleviate our suffering.

Wisdom

Powerful intelligence that acts as a penetrating analysis that sees the truth about reality.

My Journey

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Brazil

My journey began in Sao Paulo, Brazil where I was born and raised. I have always been intrigued to learn about human psyche, and my Psychology degree was the starting point of my exploration.

Australia

In 2005, my inquisitive nature took me to Perth, Western Australia where I completed a Masters in Business and I worked in Human Resources for five years prior to resuming my counselling career. As a Psychologist, I have explored both organizational and clinical settings, and I have worked extensively with refugees and other survivors of trauma and across different cultures.

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India

My personal and professional quest are deeply interwoven and related to my own journey of self-inquiry and personal development. With many questions left unanswered by western psychology, strong winds of my unceasing inquisitiveness sailed east for me to explore other traditions. I started practicing yoga and meditation, and in 2017 I embarked on a journey to Nepal and India.

I have spent many years in Dharamsala, India studying Buddhist Science of Mind and Buddhist Philosophy in the Tibetan tradition, under the guidance of Ven. Lobsang Choegyal Rinpoche. What I found is a very profound inner science that has been exploring the mind and its potentials for millennia. 

Inner journey

Studying in India has been an opportunity to delve deeper into the nature of mind and emotions, to investigate the nature of reality. This journey was into another planet, the mind planet. An inner journey. 

This inner journey has been primarily a process of mind & heart transformation. Since mind has the potency to create happiness and the causes of happiness, by transforming our mind we can experience more peace of mind, more satisfaction, and happiness. 

I have gained a deeper insight into the nature of mind and emotions, and my journey took an unexpected turn. Under my teacher’s guidance, turbulent seas of confusion and suffering have been crossed, and we sail our way towards the other shore of optimal well-being.

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"I am passionate about integrating Buddhist Science of Mind and Contemplative Neuroscience."

My goal is to promote human flourishing through a twofold approach: to reduce the impact of negative emotions and to enhance the positive emotions that naturally exist within us.

Martha Farat

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Qualifications

I am fluent in both English and Brazilian Portuguese
Martha Farat studying

since 2009

Registered Psychologist with the Psychologist Board of Australia – AHPRA.

since 2017

Buddhist Science and Philosophy Studies, Dharamsala, India.

2013

Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills – Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

2007

Master’s in Business – University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

2004

Psychologist Degree with Honours, Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Courses & Training

I am fluent in both English and Brazilian Portuguese

2016 -2017

10 days Vipassana Meditation Course, Dharamkot, India and Brookton, Western Australia.

2017

Yoga & Ayurveda Intensive Course – Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamsala, India.

2017

Intensive Yoga Course – Yog-Ganga Centre for Yoga Studies, Dehradun, India. 

March 2017

Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference, Sydney.

May 2015

Trauma informed practice with Children: Therapeutic Applications with traumatised children and their families, Australian Childhood Foundation,  Perth.

June 2014

Developmental Trauma in the context of war and relocation, Australian Childhood Foundation, Perth.

December 2013

ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshop, Perth.

October 2013

4th WA Transcultural Mental Health and 2nd Australasian Refugee Health Conference, Perth.

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Citta Psychology

Project

Citta Psychology is founded on our method of Mind & Heart Transformation.

Mind & Heart Transformation is aimed at transforming mind & heart to achieve optimal well-being.

Citta Psychology has three components of psychotherapy, meditation, and workshops.

ORIGINS

During a private audience with Rinpoche, he instructed me: ‘You should teach about the mind. If you do that, your life will be meaningful.’

I took his advice to heart. Not only teaching about the mind, but also writing about the mind I thought. But not in a technical way, there are already plenty of textbooks available containing thoroughly explanations about the Buddhist Science of Mind. But my idea is for this book to be more like a travel guide. A travel guide into the mind planet, for all sorts of travelers, not necessarily therapists, psychologists, and academics. A mind guide that could be easily understood and applied into our everyday life, a guide towards the path to well-being and away from the unwanted route of ill-being.

I have been working on this ‘mind guide’ since 2020 and it is a compilation of personal stories and experiences, professional reflections, combined with elements of western psychology and modern neuroscience. Essentially, underpinning this mind guide is the profound knowledge of Buddhist Science of Mind.

This Mind Guide will be the foundation for future workshops about Mind & Emotions.

So here I joyfully share my personal and professional project with you.

Our Method

Informed by Buddhist Science of Mind and Contemplative Neuroscience, our focus is on well-being and healthy qualities of mind that already exist within ourselves

OUR METHOD IS AIMED AT TRANSFORMING THE MIND & HEART TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL WELL-BEING

IF OUR MIND IS OUT OF CONTROL AND STRESSED HOW CAN WE BE AT EASE? A HAPPY MIND IS A SPACIOUS MIND THAT IS CONTENT AND AT PEACE

Innate Goodness

Mind has the potential to create the causes of our well-being.

These causes are healthy qualities that already exist within ourselves.
Both Buddhist Science and Neuroscience assert the existence of an innate goodness as well as the potential to develop the mind.

This concept is at the heart of our approach, asserting that we all possess this inner treasure of healthy qualities. Each human being has the potential to overcome unhealthy mental states that are the causes of ill-being and to develop the mind to reach optimal well-being.

All unhealthy qualities of afflictive emotions are like temporary stains that can be removed from our mind.

“THERE IS ALSO STRONG EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE HAVE A NATURAL PROPENSITY TOWARD BEING GOOD, TOWARD CARING FOR OTHERS - AND THAT THIS PROPENSITY CAN BE NURTURED OVER TIME. WHEN WE DO SIMPLE MEDITATION PRACTICES TO CULTIVATE KINDNESS AND COMPASSION, WE ARE NOT CREATING THOSE QUALITIES DE NOVO, BUT RATHER WE ARE NURTURING QUALITIES THAT MAY BE THERE FROM THE START."
Richard Davidson
Neuroscientist and founder of Centre for Healthy Minds

Emotional Hygiene

OUR METHOD, informed by the model coined by His Holiness Dalai Lama as Emotional Hygiene, focus on a twofold approach:

to reduce the impact of negative emotions and to enhance the positive emotions that naturally exist within us.

Emotional hygiene means training the mind to reduce our destructive emotions and to develop constructive emotions.
The aim is to reduce unhealthy qualities that are detrimental to our well-being and to cultivate healthy qualities that are conducive to well-being

"IF SOMEONE HAS A CERTAIN VIRUS, WE NEED TO USE THE APPROPRIATE HYGIENE. SIMILARLY, THERE'S A HYGIENE OF EMOTIONS. JUST AS PHYSICAL HYGIENE HELPS US KEEP OUR BODIES CLEAN, EMOTIONAL HYGIENE HELPS US MANAGE OUR DESCRUTIVE EMOTIONS."
His Holiness Dalai Lama
and Daniel Goleman
in 'A force for good'

Our Values

Our Method is based on two core values of Wisdom & Compassion

Compassion

Sensitivity to suffering of oneself and others, coupled with aspiration to alleviate our suffering.

Wisdom

Powerful intelligence that acts as a penetrating analysis that sees the truth about reality.

Wisdom & Compassion are embedded in our method as a compassionate stance sustained by wisdom

Compassion

Embedded in compassion, the therapeutic relationship is an important part of the therapy.
Therapy sessions are a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings and emotions, and my motivation is to listen to you in a compassionate manner to provide guidance throughout your journey of self-discovery and mind & heart transformation.

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Wisdom

Wisdom is a direct antidote against all forms of mental suffering.

By applying our powerful intelligence of critical wisdom we can enhance healthy qualities that are conducive to our well-being. Wisdom is the ability to see things as they really are, free from any form of distorted views.
This critical wisdom acts as a penetrating analysis including insight into:

– Nature of the mind and emotions.
– Nature of reality.
– Causes of well-being and ill-being
– Healthy and unhealthy qualities of mind.
– Our innate goodness and human potential.

Mind & Heart Transformation

By drawing upon a variety of evidence-based tools and practices from Buddhist Science of Mind and Contemplative Neuroscience, sessions include elements such as informative discussion and material, reflection, and meditation practices.
Martha Farat and Rinpoche
"TRANSFORMING THE MIND WITH WISDOM AND COMPASSION IS THE SOURCE OF ALL HAPPINESS."
Lobsang Choegyal Rinpoche
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