Insanity : A perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.
There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.
—R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1987)
I am an English-speaking American and a graduate of Harvard University. My psychotherapeutic training includes Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Transpersonal/Integral Psychology. I work with adults, couples, families, children, and adolescents in Mexico City.
My approach to psychotherapy is not "one-size-fits-all." I realize that every individual is unique and different, so my way of working depends on the person and their needs and concerns at the moment. In this way, the therapy evolves and changes to accommodate the specific needs of the person with whom I am working. Too many practitioners are married to their fixed theories and ways of working, and so try to squeeze a patient into a type of psychotherapy that does not fit the person or their needs, doing more to validate the therapist's theories than to help the person.
I believe that to truly be able to help someone, it is important for the therapist to have gone through what the person with whom he is working is now experiencing. Of all the terrible things that a person can go through in life, there are not many through which I have not gone. I have lived many different lives in this one life. I have been to many different hells and back many times and in many different ways. That is why, much more than my fancy degrees, I am able to help you. I have been there, and I can help you to find the way out.
I am also a committed researcher and community volunteer, and so I spend a lot of time practicing pro bono at a low-cost community mental health clinic in Barrio Tepito of Mexico City. I believe that psychotherapy should be accessible to all. So, after covering the basic cost of providing psychotherapy to you, any additional payment goes a long way to helping me to provide psychotherapy to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
My real passion is Transpersonal Psychology. My religious-spiritual orientation is Hindu-Tantra. That's right; I am a pagan (As a polytheist/pantheist, I believe that God is EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE. This hardly conflicts with the views of other relgions.). But that need not matter to you or ever even be addressed, unless you care about such things. If these things are important to you, I have a lot of experience working with spiritual, transcendental, religious, and similar concerns. I was also once a Baptist (I was baptized by choice when I was a kid.), a Catholic, a Lutheran, an agnostic, and an atheist. Your religious-spiritual orientation (or lack thereof) needn't matter, either, unless you want it to.
Sessions are, at minimum, once per week, and last 50 minutes (unless arranged otherwise). Sessions always start and end on time, therefore it is important for you to arrive on time. If you arrive late to any session for any reason, you are forfeiting that amount of time from the scheduled session. Even if you arrive 40 minutes late to a 50-minute session, you will be charged the full fee for that abbreviated session. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Notice of 24 hours is required to cancel a scheduled appointment. Otherwise, the usual fee must be paid.
$2,000 (MX Pesos) per 50 min. session (unless agreed upon otherwise).
If my fee is higher than your ability to pay, please contact me and we will try to arrive at a fee that will work for you. I can, at least, provide alternatives. The most important thing is that you get the help you need and deserve.
Billing and payments:
You will be expected to pay for each psychotherapy session at the time that it is held. Payments may be made in cash only.
PayPal or bank transfers are accepted in advance for phone/Skype sessions.
Like many psychotherapists, I do not accept insurance. However, many insurance companies will cover all or a portion of the fee.
If you would like to use your insurance, please contact your insurance company and ask what coverage you have to see an "out-of-network provider." Make sure that you tell them that I have a PhD, as insurance companies usually reimburse at a higher rate for therapists with a PhD. Your insurance company will tell you what your coverage is.
When you come to the office, you will pay for your sessions in cash at the end of each session. If you request it, I can give you an invoice once a month that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I decided not to work directly with insurance companies for several reasons:
For all of these reasons, I have decided, as a psychotherapist, not to accept health insurance directly.
This should go without saying, obviously. But, beware, patient privacy is not really a Mexican thing. Mexican therapists tend to be as “chatty” as hairdressers.
I am often not immediately available by telephone. Messages may be left for me at my e-mail address: email@example.com. I routinely check my voice and e-mail for messages 24 hours a day, as my phone is silenced during sessions. If you are difficult to reach, please let me know some times when you will be available.
I have been doing sessions with patients via telephone or Skype for a number of years now, and the results have been very good. In Skype, there is even the option for audio only (no weirdness of looking at a screen).
I realize that many people cannot commit to the normal business hours in which therapy is typically conducted. That is why I offer this option. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail.
Billing is currently pre-paid through either PayPal or Dwolla. All telephone/Skype communications are via a VPN (Virtual Private Network), so that your privacy is secured.
I thought I might say a few words about the recent trend of “life coaching.” It has taken off lately, like barber shops, tattoos, and craft beer. In Mexico, one can practice psychotherapy with a Bachelor’s degree (which is not the case in the US). I think that’s great, as I have learned much more through years of practice than I ever learned in fancy, expensive schools. So, the sooner one begins practicing the better.
The thing with “life coaching,” is that it pretends to not be psychotherapy and masks itself with a sports metaphor. To be a “life coach,” one need only attend a talk and receive a certificate…or not. There are no rules or qualifications that govern “life coaching.” One can simply say, “I’m a life coach,” and one is a “life coach.”
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, psychiatrists, etc., have to go through many years of schooling, followed by possibly years of supervised practice for licensure, before they can call themselves such. In fact, in the US, one has to have a PhD to even be considered a psychologist.
So, that’s just my two cents. If one is helped by “life coaching,” then great! People can be helped in many ways by many different methods. Mexican curanderas (or traditional healers) have healed me when I have been physically sick. So there is no reason to believe that “life coaching” won’t be helpful to some…especially if they are into sports and being told what to do.
Nuevo León 217, Col. Hipódromo Condesa, Del. Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City
Milton 28, Col. Nueva Anzures, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
I can be available 24 hours a day.
For the past 8 years I have worked as a volunteer psychologist/ psychotherapist at a low-cost community mental health clinic in Barrio Tepito (the worst area of Mexico).
The people in this area suffer greatly. There is drug, alcohol, and inhalent addiction, physical and mental abuse (child, wife, husband, etc.), prostitution, violent crime, etc. You name it and it's there.
I am doing what little I can to help. Little by little, person by person, couple by couple, child by child, family by family. It is hard work and it takes its toll on me physically and mentally.
I work to make this country (Mexico) better, so that Mexicans don't feel like they have to leave their country to live a decent life.
Any money received through this is to help me to survive (to keep a roof over my head and a little food to sustain me).
NAMASTE! God bless you!
I seldom write here these days. This is the actual blog.
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