terapia individual costa ricaMy therapeutic approach is integrative, always based on the scientific evidence of the theories I use according to the user's needs, tailored and under the umbrella of the Trauma Informed Approach where the self-perceived safety of the user is the transversal axis of all interventions.

My therapeutic bet is that people can feel safe in their own body; connected with their emotions, sensations, thoughts and behaviors, learn and unlearn patterns, schemes that cause them suffering or are no longer functional and that they can develop a high degree of emotional self regulation, self care, self valuation and that they can become the best version of themselves, in the present.

The modality of therapy can be face-to-face or virtual, technology has developed different programs and apps that we use virtually from anywhere in the world.

My work is more focused on adolescents and adults.

The therapeutic systems I use:

The integration of the different specialties in Psychology ends up being a challenge, as this science is in constant development, and far from eclecticism, it is a need that consultants have in the 21st century for techniques and systems based on best practices that contribute to the satisfaction of their needs. Among the methodologies and approaches I use are:

  •  Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  •  Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  •  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  •  Mindfulness
  •  Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  •  Sensory Motor Therapy
  •  Exercises for Tension, Stress and Trauma Release (TRE)
  •  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  •  Deep Brain Reorientation Therapy (DBRT)
  •  Biofeedback / Neurofeedback
  •  Clinical Hypnosis
  •  Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  •  Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  •  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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How many sessions do I need?

My approach will be tailored to your needs. If you want it to have a brief therapy approach or an intensive therapy approach, as a user you will decide what is going to be the issue to be addressed and under that need we will develop a work plan to address the specific points related to the problem you present.

This would be like a first work draft because new things may arise when working on the current needs, so you can decide if you want to continue working on those new objectives or not.

We can talk about an approximate of 3 or 4 sessions up to 12 or 20 depending on your needs.

Which is better, brief therapy or a prolonged and deep therapy approach?

Both are evidence-based and work very well. The difference is that one (brief therapy) will only work on the current symptoms, those of the present, while the intensive and deep therapy will address the problems from the root and not only the current symptomatology or behavior. Again, as a client you will always be in control of what you want to work on in therapy.

If you have more interest in Intensive EMDR therapy you can go to this section to learn more about this treatment (Visit EMDR Therapy section)

How do I know if I should start Psychotherapy?

Deciding whether to start psychotherapy is a personal choice that can be based on a variety of factors some of these could be:

  •  Persistent emotional distress
  •  Difficulties in interpersonal relationships
  •  Problems with self-esteem and self-care
  •  Significant changes in your life
  •  Physical symptoms with no apparent medical cause or multiple rotating symptoms
  •  Multiple medical visits and treatments with no definite improvement
  •  Addictive or self-destructive behaviors
  •  Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  •  Time and money spent on narrative therapies that have not been enough yet


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