I understand psychotherapy as a way of transforming ailments or suffering into conditions closer to the well-being of people. Partaking in therapy is an important part of science; as it is studied, investigated, and produces changes in the brain. It is also an important part of art, given it is closely linked to imagination, metaphor, and the progression of the conversation with the patient / s.
I work with adolescents and adults individually, or with couple or family treatments according to the reason for consultation. In the case of children and adolescents, I usually have interviews with their parents at the beginning of the treatments and then based on the needs of the patient, family, and the evolution. In individual treatments, also depending on the reason for consultation, I frequently work with doctors or other professionals who are knowledgeable about the disorder presented by the patients. In clinical research, the presence and quality of relationships between people greatly influence the evolution of many disorders. In this sense, I promote their vital development as a general framework for well-being.
I understand each of my patients as human beings with their own will, ideas, independence, and decision who seek help to be able to enhance their virtues and to be able to continue on their path.
The psychological therapy that I practice focuses on what worries and motivates the consultants to request treatment. The objective is agreed with the patients since we need each other to achieve that goal. I usually work with tasks that energize the treatment and allow the work inside the consulting room to be linked to “the reality outside”, as a former patient used to say.
Working with focused therapy does not mean defining a specific length for the treatment, although it is usually short. I understand that therapy must be an enabler to be, do or think other things relevant to patients and not necessarily a goal in itself. In that sense, time is a value and that is how I perceive it throughout the treatment. The freedom the patients enjoy requesting an appointment to start treatment is the same one that they use when deciding to put an end to the therapy.
I saw Daniel, one of my first patients, for the first time more than 20 years ago. He has resumed therapy throughout these years when he felt that he had to face certain situations. He calls it “the service” … I had teenage children when I came for the first time and now, I am the grandfather three times over …”. I consider it an honor to work on what I am passionate about and to accompany people on this path …