Juliana Bilachi

Juliana Bilachi Algosini is a clinical psychologist graduated in 1999 at UNORP (Centro Universitário do Norte Paulista) and, since then, she has engaged herself in the psychotherapy service and the Systemic Approach. She has a post-graduation degree in familiar intervention: Psychotherapy and Systemic Approach from the Medical School of São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP) in the state of Sao Paulo.

 She was co-founder of the Tobacco Smoking Outpatient Clinic at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (IMC), in São José do Rio Preto, state of São Paulo, Brazil and founder of the Support Group of tobacco smokers at the Institute. From 2000 to the beginning of 2006, Juliana worked as coordinator therapist at the Support Group of CETESB’s employees who smoked (Environmental Sanitation Institute; CETESB), associated with the Department of Environment from the state of Sao Paulo. Juliana also coordinated the Support Group of tobacco smoker patients at Beneficência Portuguesa Hospital in Sao Jose do Rio Preto from the end of 2008 to the middle of 2009.

Seeking higher professional qualification, the psychologist traveled abroad, mainly in Latin America and the USA - to take part in programs and debates on Tobacco Smoking. She went to Smokenders Program at Florida Centra Care in Orlando, Florida (USA) and to the Tobacco Smoking Outpatient Clinic, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California (USA).

Juliana achieved unpublished results with her project for smokers willing to quit smoking in her country. Using a different approach, her method got 322, out of 460 smokers that she had been monitoring, to quit the addiction. The repercussion of her work, motivated the psychologist to write a book, “Smoking – how to break this legacy”, in which she narrates her professional experiences and offers important information to smokers willing to quit smoking or those who would like to help someone in the battle against the addiction.