Originally half-Argentinian and half-Spanish, growing up in the international community cultivated my curiosity about the different elements that makes us, “us”. From the uniqueness of our experiences, abroad, our languages, the quality of our relationships, to the way we experience a hug, a smile, a tear – every person is a completely different world. Yet, throughout my studies in Clinical Psychology I became aware of that one thing that makes us equal: our need for connection. Connection to ourselves, to the other, to the world we live in. Connections that often get lost in the speed and agitation of our routines, feeding a sense of detachment to our identities. And that’s when I found my passion: supporting and guiding people recovering that connection that brings them joy and meaning.
I completed my bachelor in psychology and a double master in Clinical Psychology with Forensic and Legal psychology, studying and understanding the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) and Schema Therapy, and moved forward to study and work with Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and enriched my therapeutic style adapting a Mindfulness Approach and learning the foundations of Positive Psychology. My experience working as a psychologist has taught me that there is no “one-size-fits-all”, and therefore I adapt my techniques and therapeutic approach to each one of the clients I work with.
Additionally, growing up as a dancer helped me enhance my creativity as a psychologist to find new ways to see challenges and difficulties, and finding ways to grow and become “unstuck”.
I had one session with Mora after my GP recommended a consultation with a psychologist. I had a chest pain and difficulties breathing a few months after my dad’s death. After my heart and lungs got checked and everything seemed fine, my GP came to the conclusion it might have been related to rather mental reasons instead of physical ones. Therefore I agreed to see a psychologist and my GP refered me to Mora. She seemed very friendly from a photo and around my age so I thought it would be easy to connect with her. It was my first time talking to a psychologist and usually I keep bad thoughts only to myself. Thus I was quite nervous before the appointment but for the first meeting I expected just an easy and welcoming introduction to each other so this thought kept me under control. I also expected it would be a face-to-face meeting but a few minutes before my appointment (I almost left my place) I received an online link for the appointment in my inbox. That spiked my stress level quite a bit. During the call the connection was constantly breaking from her side, thus it was hard to communicate. Mora seemed friendly but quite in a rush. She asked me straight what is the issue, I mentioned my dad, more questions followed about him, I broke down into tears and couldn’t talk anymore. At the end of the call which lasted around 30 minutes I was informed by Mora that she is leaving the current practice location and I will be transferred to a different psychologist and she will give her notes to her as well. It took a few days to recover from this experience and I cancelled my appointment with another psychologist. I do not intend to see another one any time soon. I feel like it is my responsibility to leave this comment for others who are vulnerable and need someone to talk to. I believe it takes a lot of experience to be a psychologist who is professional and makes everyone feel like they matter the same. I am grateful I spoke up to Mora which encouraged me to open up more to my friends and family about my dad instead of searching for external help which can sometimes leave scars. I wish Mora all the best in the future. Gintare