Growing up in Spain, I worked helping my family in their family business since a very young age. After many years of combining work and study, I had the privilege to leave my family business and immerse myself fully in completing my studies in Clinical Psychologyand becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Spain.
Over the course of my studies, one of my main interests was learning about the Eastern and Western Spiritual Philosophies. Since a very early stage in my career, I was very passionate to comprehend how religion and meditative-contemplative practices can impact the personal growth and overall health of each individual and the society at large.
Having this goal in mind while developing my career and profession, I wanted to learn different psychological approaches and spiritual practices to discover how these can be of assistance to make a difference to the mental and physical health of an individual. With this purpose in mind, I later had the vision to develop a "life long course of studies" to fulfill.
At the same time, this vision kept evolving and growing, and it became a "life long journey," a career path which I have been fulfilling over the years. The pathway that I traced back then when I started this journey it can be summarized in three main steps that represent for me an "holistic" frame that integrates and aligns the MIND, the BODY and the SOUL.
Mind, body, and soul have been the three main pillars of my study and the research that guided the path to become a Psychotherapist. These three pillars have been my main focus of interest at different times for me to help individuals to individuate and achieve the full embodiment of them(SELF)selves and be more whole, happier and fulfilled individuals.
In the process of achieving this vision and bringing this project into fruition, my first endeavor was to focus on the study of the Mind. The second, to fully focus on the study of the Body, and finally, the third has been connected to the purpose of reaching deeper to the individual unconscious comprehend the realms of the Soul and of the Psyche.
With my studies in Clinical Psychology in Spain, with my final thesis on "Psychotic Disorders and Spirituality," my main goal was studying and researching how "Psychopathology" is interconnected with the mystical and spiritual experiences. My passion to furthering my education in Transpersonal Psychology and simultaneously 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 led me to have the vision to immigrate to California where I moved to live and furthered my education as a Psychotherapist. In San Francisco, I coursed a second Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with the orientation in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
After graduating, I gathered my hours as an intern while working at different jobs as a Mental Health Clinician working with individuals, children and families. Later, when passing the board exams, I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
After the many years that it has taken me to pursue this long career path, the main orientation of my clinical practice became mainly rooted in the frame of Depth Psychology that includes a Jungian and aTranspersonal lens for understanding 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 this goal of integrating these three domains, I believe that the life's path that I envisioned is still vividly unfolding and giving its fruits in the way I practice. In this sense, I believe that the knowledge that 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)