I was living and working in New York when the terrorist attack of September 11 occurred. I saw, through the stories of my patients, the Twin Towers fall hundreds of times. The pain, the confusion, the fear and the suffering were feelings and emotions present at all time. Curiously enough I had arrived to this city years ago “fleeing a bit from the violence” that was ravaging my country, Colombia. In 1996, the crimes of violence had increased 35% and violence had become a major issue. The number of patients that were arriving with post-traumatic stress issues were increasing. The stress felt resulted that many people were vulnerable, without able to control their emotions and the anxiety and depression soared. Many patients, with different type of trauma, began to appear. For example, many had been sexually abused as children, others had been kidnapped or knew someone who had been. People were afraid to leave their homes or simply to take trips. For all these reasons, I thought that I needed to acquire more knowledge on how these types of traumas had a significance in the life of a person, so I decided to move to the United States. I studied to develop new skills and learn new therapies to be able to better serve victims of trauma. And it was precisely my patients who led me to be interested in the study of trauma.
Twenty- Five (25) years ago little was known about the effects of trauma. When I tell people that I am a psychologist and that I work with trauma, pain and mourning people imagine that my work is painful and “traumatic”. This can not be further from the truth. And this is so thanks to the ability that each person has to process, when working with certain therapies our self-healing ability is stimulated and changes are seen. The person begins to sleep better, what used to bother him/her no longer bothers, he is less depressed, there are changes in different aspects of their life, and this is very rewarding for the patient and for me. It is a process that takes time, patience and commitment. As a therapist, far from being traumatic is gratifying. This is the reason, I enjoy my work.
I am a psychologist, graduated from the Javeriana University, (Universidad Javeriana), of Bogotá and now I live in Spain. I studied to become Addiction Advisor at the University of Miami and Expert in Psychotherapy and Hypnosis from the Milton H. Erickson of New York and Madrid. I have been a psychologist for more than 25 years and I have specialized in working with adults that have experienced different type of traumas. I have had the fortune of training with professionals like Francine Shapiro, Diane Poole. Peter Levine, Bert Hellinger, Eugine Glendin, Dr. Bessel A van der Kolk M.D., RanKurtz, Janina Fisher, David Grand, Bill O’Hanlon, Dan Siegel and Robert Waggoner among others. I have also completed a lot of personal work and I have seek therapy when I have needed it. This has allowed me to contain the pain of others without dissociate or fleeing and without judging. I keep it for as long as it takes, until it, with the necessary help is transformed.
**I live in Spain and thanks to the technology advances, my practice is where the person needs it. We can do therapy at a distance, with video conference (skype), Facetime etc. Distance therapy can be a solution for those who otherwise not otherwise seek help or those who do not find a specialized trauma psychologist in the place where they live, or for those with a tight schedule.