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Valeria Ocádiz Garcilazo I Psychologist 

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*English and Spanish 

 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience 

Valeria is a licensed psychologist from Mexico City, Mexico. Valeria completed studies abroad at Oxford University, England (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course) . She received her degree in Clinical Psychology and completed a masters degree in System Family Therapy in Mexico. 

 

Furthermore, Valeria is a professor at Centro ELEIA in the Department of Psychology, teaching Family Psychology. 

Approach 

Valeria has a gentle approach that involves listening closely and drawing out key feelings and beliefs behind the client's struggles, supporting them to explore their emotions and draw on existing strengths to move forward. 

 

Areas of Expertise

Valeria focuses on couples therapy, and working on relationship/family challenges with individuals. Valeria has also supported clients to explore their sexuality and sexual identity. 

 

Registrations 

Valeria is a registered psychologist in Mexico, Cedula Professional: 13915863

Education

  •  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Course, Oxford University, September to November 2023

  • Masters Degree in Systemic Family Therapy, Universidad del Valle de México, 2023 

  • Bachelors Degree in Clinical Psychology, Universidad de las Américas, 2021

Dr Jenny Rious I Psychologist 

Dr Jenny Rious

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*English 

*Children, families, couples and adults 

 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience 

Dr. Jenny Rious is a licensed psychologist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work as a therapist, researcher, professor, and consultant has focused providing culturally-affirming services.  She has practised clinically in private practices, schools, community agencies and clinics, hospitals, and prisons. For the past six years, Jenny has taught Clinical Science and Psychological Disorders at Tulane. She has also served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Howard University’s Graduate School of Education.  

Approach 

Jenny seeks to understand clients’ multiple contexts—identity, family of origin, relationships, work and school. She is a safe, affirming guide and works together with clients to identify goals and values, develop strategies for change, and take concrete actions that lead to positive growth. 

 

Areas of Expertise

Dr Jenny specializes in grief and loss, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress, autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, identity development, life transitions, and disruptive impulse-control and conduct disorders. She is able to diagnose mental health disorders and can assist in this if and when appropriate as part of the course of therapy. 

 

Dr Jenny has worked closely with individuals, families, and schools in providing tools to support positive development.

 

Additionally, she has extensive experience in psychological assessment and can provide full psychoeducational evaluations upon request. 

 

Research 

Dr. Jenny was the lead coordinator on large, multi-year research projects investigating positive development in minortized populations. She has presented research and provided trainings at many conferences and organizations including the American Psychological Association, Society for Research in Adolescence, Society for Research in Child Development, Children’s Hospital - Los Angeles, and Children’s Hospital-New Orleans.  

 

Registrations 

Dr. Jenny is a licensed psychologist in the U.S. state of Louisiana (license #1513). She is also a Certified School Psychologist and abides by the National Association of School Psychologists ethical and professional practice guidelines.

Education

  •  PhD. Psychology, Tulane University, Quinn fellow, 4 years

  • MS Psychology, Tulane University, Floweree Research fellow, 2 years

  • MA Education, University of Michigan

  • BA History, Education, University of Illinois-Chicago

  • Publications: 

    •  Rious, J. B., & Cunningham, M., Spencer, M.B. (2019). Rethinking the notion of “hostility” in African American parenting styles. Research in Human Development, 16(1), 35-50.

    • Rious, J. B., & Cunningham, M. (2018). Altruism as a buffer for antisocial behavior for African American adolescents exposed to community violence. Journal of Community Psychology, 46(2), 224-237.

    • Cunningham, M., & Rious, J. B. (2015). Listening to voices of youth: Implications for working in diverse communities. Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85, S86-S92

    • Cunningham, M. and Rious, J. B. (2014), Deconstructing social class in economically, racially, and ethnically diverse schools. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/asap.12060

Rhianna Stavish
Clinical Mental Health Counselor 

Rhianna Stavish

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*English 

*Adults, Couples and Non-traditional Relationships 

 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience 

Rhianna has worked with Hola Therapy clients for several years offering Cogntive Behavioural Therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia. She has lived in Mexico City for for the past four years.  

Approach 

Rhianna is trained in mental health diagnosis and intervention. She works from a person-centred perspective, highlighting the many cultural, social, familial and historical factors that influence each client's journey. She is able to offer talk therapy that helps you to gain insight and understanding into yourself, and can also offer specific strategies to improve mental health if this is desired. 

 

Areas of Expertise

Rhianna has a special working with depression, anxiety, insomnia and ADHD. She also frequently works with people in non-traditional relationships and those who want to explore their preferred relational style, sexual wellbeing and intimacy. 

Registrations 

Rhianna completed her Masters program in Counselling: Clinical Mental Health with Adams State University, Colorado. 

Education

  •  Masters of Counselling Clinical Mental Health, Adams State University, 2024. 

Rebecca Bacon Ehlers I Social Worker 

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Education

  • EMDR Practitioner, EMDRHAP (EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program), 2021

  • Masters in Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago, 2020

  • Graduate Psychotherapy Intern, Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture, 2020

  • Certified Community-Based Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate, State of Oregon, 2018

  • Fully trained in Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care, Sanctuary Institute, 2018

*English & Spanish 

*Adults, couples, inc. bilingual couples 

*EMDR 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience

Rebecca is a clinical social worker from Chicago, USA. She received her Masters with a specialization in international practice. Rebecca has lived and worked in the United States, Burkina Faso, and El Salvador before relocating to Mexico. She speaks English, Spanish and French, and offers therapy in English and Spanish. 

 

Approach

Rebecca is a warm and affirming therapist. She considers the larger, external factors, such as culture and upbringing, and explores how these have influenced you. Rebecca works with many cross-cultural and bilingual couples, and considers how cultural differences and deeply-rooted assumptions can also impact the relationship. Many of the couples she works with use a mix of Spanish and English in the therapy sessions. 

Special Interest Areas - Trauma, Relationships and Cultural Adjustment 

Rebecca is qualified to practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) which is often used in the treatment of trauma. Rebecca has a special interest in supporting those who have experienced trauma in either childhood or adulthood. Many clients have previously attended therapy and are looking to try EMDR. 

 

Regarding couples/relationship work, Rebecca works with many people in non-traditional relationships including consensual non-monogamous relationships.  She also works frequently with cultural adjustment challenges within this context. 

Bianca Santos I Psychologist 

Bianca Santos

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*English 

*Teens, couples and adults  

*Waitlist available for August 2024 

 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience 

Bianca was born and raised in the Philippines where she completed her undergraduate training in Psychology. This was followed by a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in California, USA. Bianca has also lived and studied in Australia and relocated to Mexico City mid-2022.

 

Adolescents and Adults 

Bianca has experience at a middle school, working with students and parents, as well as a youth mental health service, providing support to clients aged 6 to 25. She worked at her university's global engagement office where she supported international students adjusting to American systems and culture. She has also provided individual, group and family therapy. 

 

Special Interest Areas - LGBTQI+, Neurodiversity (including ADHD and Autism), Trauma and substance misuse.  

Bianca has undertaken additional training to work with those exploring sexual orientation and gender identity, the LGBTQ+ community and the impacts of discrimination. Bianca has an interest in supporting those who are neurodiverse including Autistic and/or ADHD. She is experienced in working with people from diverse backgrounds, including various ethnic and racial identities.

 

Bianca is experienced in working with those with a background of family dysfunction, sexual abuse and/or domestic violence, as well as other forms of trauma. 

 

Approach

Bianca believes that good therapy is empowering therapy. This begins with a respectful and empowering therapist-client relationship, which honours the client's autonomy. Bianca offers her clients options and suggestions, but ultimately follows the client's lead in setting the goals and methods in therapy. For example, one person may prefer a more historical and exploratory approach aimed at deepening insight and understanding, whereas another may be looking for science-based interventions for changing their mood on a day-to-day basis. 

 

Bianca has trained under master therapists with expertise in psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, somatic, and cognitive-behavioral orientations. Bianca is skilled in utilizing a plethora of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Trauma-focused CBT and mindfulness-based CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), gender-affirming therapy and somatic psychotherapy. 

Registration 

Bianca is registered as a psychologist in Mexico with the Secretaría de Educación, Cédula Profesional: 13430204.

Publications 

At the Intersection of the Model Minority Myth and Antiblackness: From Asian American Triangulation to Recommendations for Solidarity in the Journal of Counselling Psychology. 

"What Support?": A Qualitative Study on Social Support for Asian American Victims of Racism During the Covid-19 Pandemic in Frontiers Public Health 

 “Go back to China with your (expletive) virus”: A revelatory case study of anti-Asian racism during COVID-19 in the Asian American Journal of Psychology. 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University (2022)

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Certification, Medical University of South Carolina (2021)

  • Grief Counseling with Children and Adolescents Certification, Kara Grief Support (2021)

  • Working with LGBTQ+ Youth Training and Coaching Intensive Certification, Los Angeles LGBT Center (2020)

  • Puberty Talk California Sex Educator Certification, Health Connected California (2020)

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Certification, Santa Clara County (2019)

  • Crisis Counselor Certification for Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, YWCA Silicon Valley (2019)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of the Philippines (2017)

Clementina Vera I Child Psychologist 

Clementina Vera

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*Age 6 - 18 years 

*English and Spanish 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience

Clementina is a licensed Psychologist from Caracas, Venezuela, where she trained and obtained experience in supporting children and adolescents. 

 

Clementina enjoys working with both children and parents. When working with younger people she draws on her experience at as an International School Counselor at the American school in Venezuela, where she focused on supporting students, parents and teachers. During those three years she trained in order to best support parents with their parenting strategies and the students with general child support which included special education needs and behavioral needs.

 

Clementina is skilled at working with anxiety, grief, trauma, anger management, social challenges, family conflict and more. 

 

Special Interest areas - Special Needs and Giftedness, Social Skills, Body Image.  

Clementina has special interest areas in giftedness, neurodiversity (Autism and ADHD) and LGTBQ+. She is trained in diagnosis and treatment of specific disabilities and learning disorders. She has also worked with giftedness and coauthored Beyond The Normal Curve  which was presented and published at the World Conference of Qualitative Research in Portugal. 

 

Approach 

Clementina is known for her warmth and incredible skills at building rapport with young people. She believes in the importance of parental input both during the assessment phase and as supporters throughout the course of therapy (while expertly balancing child confidentiality!) She is direct, intervention focused and offers real skills and support to the children she works with and the adults that love them. 

 

Registration

Clementina is a licensed psychologist both in México with the Secretaría de Educación Pública, Dirección General de Profesiones, Cédula Profesional: Numero: 13162641; and with the Federación de Psicólogos de Venezuela (FPV N. 15.379). She is a member of the Colegio de Psicólogos de Miranda. 

Education

  • Master in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychotherapy, Universidad ISEP LATAM, 2021-2023

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas, 2013 – 2018

  • Psychological First Aids, 2020

  • Trauma Informed Positive Behavior Support Program – TIPBSP 2019

  • Certificate in Understanding Autism TQUK – 2020

  • Honors Thesis with academic award: “The Experience of Parents with Gifted Children”,

    presented at the 5th Positive Psychology Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, 2018.

  • Published article on WCQR “Beyond The Normal Curve: The Experience of Parents with Gifted Children (Vera, Yanes & Zavarce, 2018)” and presented at the World Conference

    on Qualitative Research, Lisbon, Portugal 2018.

David Lida  I  Psychotherapist

David Lida

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*Bilingual (English and Spanish) 

*Adults, Older Adults and Couples 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience

David Lida studied psychoanalytic-based psychotherapy at El Colegio de Saberes here in Mexico City.

 

David is originally from New York but has spent most of the past 30 years living in Mexico. 

 

Approach

David offers both individual to older adolescents and adults (LGBTQI+ friendly). His approach is reflective and exploratory, and has worked with many clients through issues of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief.

 

David draws on a number of different models including psychodynamic approaches and humanistic perspectives. Through the facilitation of respectful, self-compassionate reflection, clients are able to gain new insights and clarity regarding their past and present challenges. 

 

About David 

Prior to being a therapist, David has also been a mitigation specialist, working with Mexicans who are in jail in the U.S. facing the possibility of the death penalty. He has also been a journalist and is the author of four books, including two about Mexico City: First Stop in the New World and Las llaves de la ciudad. His work as a therapist is the culmination of decades of efforts listening to people, in the quest of understanding their motivations and actions. 

Jenna Mayhew  
Founder I Principal Psychologist 

Jenna Mayhew

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Training and Intercultural Experience

 

Jenna is from Sydney, Australia, where she trained and completed her registration as a psychologist (this is a six year training and registration program). She has lived and worked as a therapist in London, Sydney and Mexico City. 

Approach 

Jenna works in a gentle and highly empathetic way; while also being committed to achieving your goals through focused intervention. Jenna is trained in assessment, diagnosis and intervention of mental health disorders. Jenna uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combined with other evidence-based models and approaches, such as Client-Centred Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Attachment Theory. 

Work with Adults

Jenna has worked in the social sector for 20 years including 16 years working as a psychologist. She has spent many years working primarily with expatriates and immigrants. This has provided her with extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship strain, work- or school-related stress, relocation and cultural adjustment. She has also trained and worked in depth with trauma, women's rights, youth mental health, and parenting/child behavioural support. The thread that binds all her work together is that it is almost exclusively with people who are dealing with the challenges while also living in a foreign country. 

Supervision  

Jenna works at a senior level and has previously supervised teams of up to sixty counsellors. Jenna's most recent position in Australia was as the Senior Psychologist for headspace, Bondi Junction, a youth mental health service with over 45 clinicians including psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (doctors), exercise physiology and a sexual health clinic. Jenna's work spans assessment, therapy and supervision of other allied health professionals (psychologists, counsellors, occupational therapists and speech pathologists working in the mental health sector). Jenna is a board approved Psychology Supervisor with the Australian Psychological Society. Jenna provides clinical supervision to the therapists at Hola Therapy in addition to direct-client work. 

Registrations 

Jenna is a registered psychologist in Mexico, Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), Cédula Profesional: 124 566 7. Jenna was previously registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is also an approved Psychologist Supervisor with the Australian Psychological Society.

Education

  • Board-Approved Psychology Supervisor, Australian Psychological Society, 2022

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Charles Sturt University, 2016-2022   

  • Organisational accreditation training with Dr Bruce Perry, Child Trauma Academy on the Neuro-sequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), 2011-2012

  • Registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  - Psychologist, 2011 

  • Psychology Internship with SAL Consulting, 2009-2011

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology, University of Western Sydney, 2008

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), University of Western Sydney, 2004-2007

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