As a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst, much of my time is spent listening and connecting with people. My many years of study would feel bare if I couldn’t help others improve their lives. While my first love was in the arts, my passion is in communicating and helping in small and significant ways.
Originally from Bilbao, Spain, a grant during my teens brought me to the Lincoln Center in New York City. After many years in the arts, and a lifestyle transformation, a scholarship at The George Washington University carried me though my Doctorate in Psychology. My keen drive furthered my studies in the depths of the human mind, and I became a psychoanalyst through a five-year training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. I am indebted to all my artistic and intellectual teachers for their wisdom.
The past ten years in private practice have taught me what my interests and strengths are. I don’t shy away from challenges, and my appetite for complexity is satisfied through the awareness of the multi-determinants of our coping mechanisms. I aim to understand both the origins of pain and how such suffering is maintained today. My patients tell me I am warm and open with a ready laugh. I seem to work equally well with men and women, and adolescents when the fit is right.
Sharing my craft is becoming increasingly rewarding, so I teach, supervise, and lecture at various graduate programs, including The George Washington University, John’s Hopkins University, Catholic University, and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. More recently, I have found it both painful and gratifying to conduct court-ordered psychological evaluations for immigrants facing deportation, often on a pro-bono basis. Other activities in my professional community include serving as Co-chair for the Annual Ethics Conference Committee at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Dance Advisor in the Psychoanalysis in the Arts Program, and founder of a newly established Spanish-Speaking Clinicians Group.
Board Certified by the District of Colombia Board of Psychology
District of Colombia License: PSY 1000592