Growing up in Spain, I worked helping my family in their family business at a very young age. After many years of combining work and study, I had the privilege to leave the family business and fully immerse myself in completing my studies in Clinical Psychologyby coursing a Master's Degree in Psychology and becoming a Clinical Psychologist in Spain.
Over the course of my studies, one of my main interests was learning about Eastern and Western Spiritual Philosophies. Since a very early stage in my career, I was very passionate to learn and comprehend how religion and meditative/contemplative practices can impact the overall health, self-realization and personal growth of each individual and the overall society.
Having this goal in mind while developing my profession, I wanted to learn different psychological approaches and spiritual practices to discover how these can help to make a difference to the mental and physical health of an individual. With this purpose in mind, I had the broader vision to develop a "life long course of studies."
At the same time, this vision keep evolving and growing and became a "life long journey" and a career path which I have been fulfilling over the years. The pathway that I traced when I started this journey it can be summarized in three main steps or domains that represent for me an "Holistic Psychology" frame that integrates and aligns MIND, BODY and SOUL.
These have been the three main pillars of study and research that guided my career path and they have been my main focus of interest at different times in developing my career in order to help individuals to individuate and achieve the embodiment of them(SELF)selves.
In the process of achieving this vision and bringing this into reality, my first endeavor was to focus on the study of the Mind. My second endeavor, was to fully focus on the study of the Body. And finally, the third was connected to the purpose of reaching deeper to the individual to understand the realms of the Souland of the Psyche, and what is in a Psychodynamic frame we would also include the "unconscious".
With my studies in Clinical Psychology in Spain and with my final thesis on "Psychotic Disorders and Spirituality," my main goal was studying and researching what "Psychopathology" has to do with the mystical and the spiritual experiences. My passion for furthering my education in Transpersonal Psychology and researching different "alternative therapies" to the ordinary medicine led me to attend seminars and conferences in Brazil, France, Brazil, USA, and India.
It was through traveling and furthering my education that I had the vision to immigrate to California, where I finally moved and I have lived for more than 11 years. In San Francisco, I coursed a second Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with the orientation in Somatic Psychology. After that, I was on the path of gathering all my hours as an intern while working at different jobs as a Mental Health Clinician. When passing the board exams, I therefore became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Having said that, the many years that have taken me to pursue this long life path and career, the main orientation in my clinical practice became mainly rooted in the frame of Depth Psychology that includes a Jungian and aTranspersonal lens of understanding the psychological processes and its integration. Due to my background and experience in Somatic Psychology, I also incorporate in session Body-Psychotherapy techniques (those being precious tools for helping individuals to overcome trauma).
Certainly, I believe that with all the tools I have learned over the years, I am capable to offering to my clients in private practice a very powerful repertoire of psychotherapeutic tools to help them further their own unique personal growth throughout the integration of a very in-depth personal inquiry that encompasses and integrates Mind, Body, and Soul.
By pursuing the goal of integrating Mind, Body and Soul, I believe that the life's path that I envisioned is still vividly unfolding. This is being fulfilled and giving fruits in the way I practice. In this sense, I believe that the knowledge I have gathered over the years practicing as a Psychotherapist are giving me the great opportunity to assist many people to transform their lives.
· Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist#105026 BBS (CA) March 2018 · Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. #10199 BBS (CA) August 2011 (working as a trainee since 2009) · Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. CIIS. San Francisco (CA) December 2011 · Certified Massage Therapist. McKinnon Institute. Oakland (CA) August 2008 · Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Rovira & Virgili University (Spain) 2004-2007 · Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Rovira & Virgili University (Spain) 2000-2004 · Bachelor of Arts in Social Education. University of Lleida (Spain) 1997-1999
Professional Affiliations Over the Years
BBS: Board of Behavioral Sciences, Sacramento, CA CAMFT: California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists EB-CAMFT: California Association for Marriage and Family Therapist, East Bay Chapter C. G. JUNG INSTITUTE: The C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, CA IASD:International Association for the Study of Dreams IAJS: International Association for Jungian Studies USABP:United States Association for Body Psychotherapy PINC: Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California DPA: Depth Psychology Alliance BAAPT: Bay Area Association for Psychological Type, SF and Sacramento, CA DREAM INSTITUTE: Dream Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, CA APC: Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco, CA EUROTAS: The European Transpersonal Association (Europe) ACT: Associació Catalana Transpersonal, Barcelona (Spain)
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