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My name is Elsa and I am from the Canary Islands in Spain. I was brought up in Gran Canaria, but I moved to another island, Tenerife, to study my Bachelor in Psychology. I decided to study Psychology because I like to understand the behaviours and emotions of people and help them to be happy.

I have also lived and studied in England when I was a teenager.

In Spain, I have lived in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madrid and Almeria, but currently, I live in Amsterdam.

I also lived in Morocco, where I worked as Project Expert for the International Cooperation, within Educational Projects that the Spanish Government funded directly to the Moroccan Government.

I have moved a lot and started from scratch, several times. I have a deep understanding, from personal experience, of what it is like to be an expat and live in a multicultural environment.

As a psychologist, I have specialized and worked several years in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Speech Disorders, in private practices and in the World Autism Organization. I also was the responsible person of the Canarian Association of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

As I was working in social and International NGOs, I took a Master in International Cooperation and Project Management, and another one in Management in Corporate Responsibility, which is the link between companies and NGOs.

I continued my studies in Psychology with an MSc in Eating Disorders (anorexia, binge eating,…) and Obesity, and an MSc in Systemic Family Therapy. I also have trained as EDMR I for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I am a Certified Coach by ICF, and with the current situation of Coronavirus, I have trained in Emergencies.

I work in a multidisciplinary way and will coordinate our work with the professionals that attend you in other services, likes teachers at schools, speech therapists, doctors, sports activities, nutritionists,…

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I am Ana, I was born and live today in Madrid. My working life begins in the Human Resources Department of a large multinational, living the process of how a large foreign company buys the two largest groups in the sector in Spain. This was a great event in the national business world, moving from working with traditional methods to modern and innovative management in a short space of time.

Transferred for family reasons as an expat to Colombia, I had the opportunity to study Anthropology at the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. I lived in this city for a difficult time: displaced persons, guerrillas, kidnappings and a major exodus due to the worst economic and social crisis that the country was going through, witnessing once again major changes, this time at the national level.

Three years later, in Palo Alto, California, I continued to be educated in International Studies and Anthropology at Stanford University, further delving into cultural diversity and the study of human nature.

On my return to Spain, I joined the Operational Marketing department of Coca-Cola, collaborating in the internal communication of the company and supporting the team of regions, developing competencies such as flexibility, tenacity, creativity and enthusiasm. After a year I turn my work life around and set the goal of working to increase the well-being of people so I decided to study Psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid, with specialization in Clinical Psychology, Master in General Health Psychology, Master in Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, EMDR, Contemplative Neurosciences, Emergencies and Crisis.

I have experience in private and public clinical practice (General Hospital of Villalba, Jiménez Díaz Foundation) attending to oncology groups, eating disorders, obesity and pre and post-bariatric surgery, panic and agoraphobia, cardiology (post-heart attack) and individually attending to the referrals of the Health Centers. Psychology nourishes me at all levels, it is a path of constant self-discovery, training and putting myself at the service of others from a neuroscientific perspective.[/vc_column_text][trx_title][/trx_title][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”1260″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Kim Vassallo

I grew up in Italy, with Belgian and British parents, and moved to the UK to complete my studies. As I have always been intrigued by how people think and behave, I undertook a Bachelor in Natural Sciences where I specialised in Experimental Psychology (University of Cambridge, UK). Following this, I pursued an MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology (University of Warwick, UK) and an MSc in Eating Disorders & Clinical Nutrition (UCL, UK) which strengthened my understanding of physical and mental health. More recently, I moved to Amsterdam where I am completing a Coaching & Counselling Diploma.

I have worked as an Assistant Psychologist with young people and their families in various mental health settings, including the NHS and Social Care (UK), and have supported them with a range of issues, such as ASD, ADHD, Anxiety, Low Mood and Eating Disorders. As part of these roles, I completed psychological assessments and co-facilitated interventions and workshops. As a Life Coach & Counsellor, I work with adults to help them increase their self-awareness and find solutions to their personal and professional challenges. Coaching areas of particular interest to me are well-being, stress & burnout, self-esteem, transitions & finding purpose.

Lastly, I have worked as a Tutor & Academic Mentor and volunteered for a learning disabilities charity and literacy scheme for underprivileged children.

In all these roles, I have found it extremely rewarding to work with people and help them make positive and meaningful changes. Being part of In-Mentis means that I can continue supporting clients in an international environment and work alongside a dynamic multidisciplinary team.

I provide sessions in English.

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Rafaela Zorzanelli

I am a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. I am living in the Netherlands since 2018, where I came to spend one year as a visiting researcher at Utrecht University.

My academic training was always combined with my career as a psychologist with a psychoanalytical background. I have over twelve years of experience in my private office and as a clinical volunteering psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

My interests in the academic field have always been attached to mental health, e.g., the impact of diseases on people’s lives, the burden of not having diagnosis when you suffer from a “contested illness” and more recently, the lived experience of people who are chronic users of psychotropics, such as tranquillizers, opioids, and stimulants. My P.h.D was on chronic fatigue syndrome, and the difficulties patients have to face when they suffer from a “contested illness.” After that, I conducted research with a group of fibromyalgia syndrome patients. For years, I dedicated myself to produce knowledge about and to work as a clinical psychologist with people who were struggling with physical and mental complaints without having a “medical finding” to justify their suffering.

I have also been working on public debates and public policymaking surrounding autism, as well as support groups for the families; medical controversies and social movements surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Brazil and Argentina; with people who do not recognize themselves in the body they were born with; and finally the scaling up of psychiatric diagnosis in the world – for the good and the bad.

More recently, I have been working with chronic users of prescription medicines, such as tranquillizers, opioids, and stimulants, and I am preparing a book on that subject. I published a bunch of papers on each of the mentioned subjects, as you can find on the links at the end of this page.

When I think about what I can offer to such a good team like this, the first thing that comes to my mind is the very experience of being an ex-pat brings about a bunch of new experiences that can be really useful to other people with the same experience. Especially concerning Portuguese speakers with whom I think I have the most to give, despite I feel comfortable to work with English-speakers and French speakers. The second point is that I have been trained since 2000, continuously based on a psychoanalytical approach. This is something new that I can offer, mainly because this approach is quite common in Latin America and Francophonic countries, but not so much well known in the Netherlands. This is the kind of approach that Brazilians probably will be more comfortable with – this is my guess. Psychoanalysis is based mainly on the client’s speech. It is very important that we, as psychoanalysts, could listen to the people’s own experiences, sometimes even being traumatic and difficult ones. The words and trying to put our experiences together through word can be a trigger to rebuild the way we think about ourselves and provide tools to cope with the difficulties in life. This process is based on the support of the clinician. If you want to know more about my books, my academic papers, and my career, click on the links below or contact me by: XXX (EMAIL)

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