BACKGROUND

In my work as a psychologist, I have provided therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Some of the issues that I have addressed are the following:

For individuals: eating disorders, self-mutilation, self-esteem, shyness and assertiveness, sexual identity, grief, loneliness, relationships, life transitions and immigration, anxiety, depression, anger management, PTSD, career transition, psychological testing, workshops on meditation, stress management and study skills.

For couples: conflict and arguing, communication problems, parenting, infidelities, separation/divorce, sexual difficulties, coping with illness and/or death, domestic violence, anger management, alcohol/drug abuse, gambling.

For families: domestic violence, eating disorders, immigration, life transitions, response to children’s grief after separation/divorce, parenting plans after separation/divorce, fathering after separation/divorce, the challenge of step-mothering, children and adolescents’ disciplining, second marriages, blended families, coping with illness and/or bereavement.

Originally from Canary Islands, Spain. I came to Montreal, Canada in 1995. I received my Bachelors Degree of Specialization in Psychology from Concordia University, and my Masters Degree of Counselling Psychology from McGill University. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a volunteer for a listening and referral service in Montreal (Face to Face) for 4 months. During my masters, I completed one-year internship at the McGill University Counselling Service, where apart from my therapist duties, I also participated in the case-conferences of the McGill Eating Disorder Unit in collaboration with the Psychiatric Department.

After my masters, I became a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec, OPQ. In addition, I completed a three-year Couple and Family Therapy training program at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations, including a 12 week-internship at the Sexual Clinic of the Montreal General Hospital. I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, WPATH. Since then, I have worked in private practice as a psychologist.

I have also been a guest psychologist for Spanish programs on Montreal-TV such as: the adolescent program “Coucouhoptactac” in Ch. 269-NMTV-Nuevo Mundo Televisión- (Videotron); and, “Foco Latino” with host Omar Alexis Ramos in Ch.14-CJNT-TV, a multicultural television station in Montreal.

My passion for travelling to different cultures, countries, and interest in different languages throughout my life led me to become fluent in English and French, apart from my mother tongue, Spanish. I provide psychotherapy in all 3 languages.

Since Sept. 2010, I am a candidate for the Doctorate of Psychology, D.Psy. from California Southern University, CA, USA.

Apart from my private practice, I also work as a school psychologist with children and adolescents in the Laurentian School Board since 2012

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