Who I Am

fullsizeoutput_2412Therapists rely on a wide range of approaches and techniques; what you need is a therapist who connects with you. It’s also important to know that your therapist has the right credentials (scroll down for information on my training).  I tailor my approach and technique to each patient.

I was trained in psychoanalysis at university and completed a therapeutic psychoanalysis with a member of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris (SPP). However,  I am not a psychoanalyst. I generally use John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a frame and over the past twenty years, as I witnessed groundbreaking developments in neurosciences, I opened up to other methods, in particular Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.

Actually, beyond my clinical activities, I’ve incorporated Mindfulness in my own daily life and practice zen meditation regularly in addition to tai chi and qi gong. I believe in a multi-pronged, non dogmatic approach to mental health. You can listen to my guided meditations here.

My own background is multi-cultural and I’ve lived in many countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This made me aware of the challenges that can arise as we move across cultures and this awareness, in turn, informs my practice as a clinician.

In therapy, our aim is to bring change to your life thanks to your strengths. While  I am aware that patients come with your own history, therapy is focused on the future more than the past.

Additional information about how I work with couples is available here.

Diplomas

  • PhD in Psychology (Bordeaux 2 University)
  • MA in Degrees in Clinical Psychology (one from the Xaveriana University in Colombia and one from the University of Paris VII)
  • BA in Psychology (University of Uruguay)

Clinical internships in psychiatry

  • Vilarebó Psychiatric Hospital (6 months) in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Sibate Hospital (3 months) in Sibate, Colombia
  • Hôpital Trousseau (10 months) in Paris, France

Trainings

  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Use (Bowlby Center in London)
  • Mindfulness (UCLA and Paris)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy, or IPT (Anna Freud Center in London)
  • Rational Therapy (National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists in the USA)
  • Erotic Intelligence workshop (with Esther Perel in Switzerland)
  • Solution Focused Approach (with In Soo in Singapore)
  • Systemic Couple Therapy (Monceau Center in Paris)
  • Hypnotherapy (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtriere in Paris)

Memberships

  • Association Française de Thérapie Cognitivo-Comportementale
  • Société Française de Psychologie (SFP)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)

I participate in supervision groups with colleagues (peer supervision).

In addition to my private practice, I do research in the field of cross-cultural psychology and have been running cross-cultural programs in Asia and in Paris for many years.

Research in fields such as neuropsychology, neurosciences and emotions, has been making impressive strides in the past few decades. That is why I am an avid reader of publications in these fields and also attend conferences and trainings.