My Approach to Helping
I have an integrative approach to psychotherapy. My first professional degree was in Philosophy; later I went to the seminary to obtain a degree in Theology. I noticed that I needed to understand the people better, so I studied my first master degree in Counseling. Years later, I went for a second degree obtaining a Masters of Science in Marital and Family Therapy. Today, I use all these knowledge and experience to connect with the clients at different levels, seeking to understand them from a more integrative approach.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am very good at understanding multicultural issues, particularly Third Culture Kids. TCK are those who grew up in between cultures, presenting unique demands and emotional needs.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love to be challenged. The more complicated the issue, the better for me.
My Therapy Focus
My focus in Psychotherapy is to connect and understand the individual from an honest caring and integrative approach.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
I am very respectful of the client process, and I believe in the importance of boundaries. I am also very honest, and I would rather lose a client rather than lying to him/her.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Throughout the years I have worked as professor of Philosophy, but I realized that the answers I obtained were not enough to understand myself. I also went to the seminary to become a Presbyterian ministry, feeling that Theology was going to help in the process of finding myself. However, I realized that I couldn't connect/understand the people who seek for my help, therefore I decided to submerge in the psychological understanding of individuals. This process helped me to fight my own demons and to open my heart to others.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I think the key in any successful therapy is a strong alliance between the person seeking therapy and the therapist. It is important for me that I develop a real helping relationship in order to achieve therapeutic progress.