I graduated in Psychology from the Deusto University, in 1987.
I completed the Master of Mental Health and Psychotherapeutic Techniques by the OMIE Foundation and the Deusto University, in 1994.
In 2003 I received the Official Degree of Psychologist Specialist in Clinical Psychology from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
I have always been linked to the health area from different roles: Psychologist, Clinic and Psychiatry Assistant, Childcare Technician and Kindergarten. (Working in Nursing Homes, General Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals and, fundamentally, in A Therapeutic Community, Hogar Izarra, whose development has been parallel to my own professional development and my colleagues').
I have participated in Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis, in Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Sociometry.
Registered as a Europsy and FEAP Accredited Psychotherapist, since 2011.
I am a Certified International Integrative Psychotherapist (CIIP) in 2009, in Slovenia, Trainer and Supervisor under tutorship (UT-IIPTS) by the IIPA.
Member of the CSC, IIPA Standards and Certification Committee , since 2013 in Belton Woods, UK.
Member of the COP (Official College of Psychologists of Bizkaia), AEP (Spanish Psychodrama Association), APPHAT (Association of Humanistic Psychotherapies and Transactional Analysis) and IIPA (International Association of Integrative Psychotherapy). Director of HOGAR IZARRA, Integrative Therapeutic Community for people with Mental Disorder (Bilbao), where I have been working since 1990.
- I am aware of your significant work and contribution to the process of Certification for psychotherapists and counsellors through the IIPA. Could you please tell us what this experience has been like for you?
I started the experience without being very clear where I got myself, with the desire to be adventurous and with the idea of being useful to our Association, contributing the personal resources that were in my hands, and taking the opportunity that I was given to continue learning personal and professional aspects that we do not always find in books.
It has been a revealing experience. I will not deny that sometimes it has been exhausting and demanding, but I would not change it for anything.
It has given me the opportunity to interact with people I probably would not have met, even if I had attended the congresses.
The opportunity to work hand in hand and take models from people with a high professional and human quality, who have generously invested a lot of energy and wisdom in the creation of a collective and Humanist dream (People like Elena Guarrella, Richard, Amaia, Sally, Thierry, Christine, Mario, Pepe, Elena Martín ... I still have many people to name, but you know, all the people with whom I have traveled some stretch of this road have created a significant footprint and are part of myself)
The opportunity to witness and share the vulnerability, the lights and the shadows that we all have. What has allowed me to recognize and accept my own vulnerability, as well as to have a more comprehensive and compassionate view of the other and, from there, to be more available to others.
- How IIPA training has changed you as a person?
It has helped me to know myself better, to be more aware of myself, of the other and of the group dynamics that are generated.
It has allowed me to identify and overcome fears that limited my personal and professional development, condition my interpersonal relationships, generate physical and emotional discomfort and made me feel tied to invisible chains that restricted my freedom.
Being an international training, where we can contrast our frame of reference with those people from different cultures, has helped me to develop a more open and globalizing vision of the human being and the world
It has been a pleasure to experience that (although predetermines and hinders) authentic communication is possible beyond linguistic differences.
Internally, in general, I feel at peace, being able to face painful life circumstances, which unfortunately do not disappear, with a sense of serenity.
- Name a couple of people who have been influential in your approach to therapy
Amaia Mauriz, Richard G. Erskine, Roberto de Inocencio, Concha de Diego and, especially, my colleagues from the supervision and seminars with whom I am learning to identify my own personal and professional style, respecting and validating the difference of each one.
- Tell me one thing most people wouldn’t know about you.
That I need and enjoy contact with nature, that working in the service of others seems an honor (whenever I do it voluntarily and I do not feel abused).
That I love any kind of dance, music and create things with my hands in good company, especially my family and friends.
That I tend to cultivate my fantasy as a way of coping and making jokes amuses me and energizes me, jokes or puns, when I am surrounded by people with whom I feel comfortable.