Learn more about each of our therapists below

BIANCA SANTOS  Psychotherapist 

*Adolescents, adults and couples 

*In person & online 

*English only

 

Short waitlist for Individuals. Limited availability for couples. 

* See full biography

Bianca 1a.jpg

CLEMENTINA VERA 

Psychologist 

*Children to adults 

*In person & online 

*English and Spanish

* Short waitlist available 

* See full biography

Photo Clementina.HEIC

DAVID LIDA 

Psychoanalyst 

*Late teens, adults and older adults. 

*Online only 

*English and Spanish

 

Short waitlist available See full biography

David Photo 3.jpg

JENNA MAYHEW 

Principal Psychologist 

*Adolescents, adults and older adults.  

*In person & online 

*English only

 

Not seeing new clients

 

 See full biography

Green%20leaf%20background_edited.jpg

SARAH BOYLE

Social Worker  

*Adults 

*Online only

*English only

Limited availability   

 

* See full biography

*Enquire about availability

image2.jpeg

AYANA MCKANNEY  

Licensed Master Social Worker 

*Late teens & adults 

*Online only 

*English only 

 

No longer accepting new clients. 

Ayana Full Length.PNG
 

Bianca Santos I Psychotherapist

*English 

*In person and online session 

*AVAILABLE NOW  

 

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. Here she worked at her university's global engagement office where she supported international students adjusting to American systems and culture. Bianca has also lived and studied in Australia and relocated to Mexico City mid-2022. 

 

Adolescents and Adults 

Bianca has experience working with ages 11 through to adulthood. This includes 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 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. She is also experienced in working with those with a background of family dysfunction, sexual abuse and/or domestic violence, as well as other forms of trauma. Bianca also has an interest in supporting people with substance misuse which often co-occurs with the aforementioned challenges. 

 

In addition to this, Bianca supports people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and complex trauma, existential issues and challenges with adjusting to life transitions. 

 

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. Whatever their preference, Bianca is committed to helping her clients honour their authentic selves, build on their existing strengths, and live a life aligned with their personal values so they can flourish.
 

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. She is also interested in object relations (e.g., attachment styles), structural family dynamics, intergenerational patterns, systems, and insight work and will draw on each of these models as is suited to the client’s needs and wants. Bianca integrates these multiple theoretical orientations and clinical interventions to help clients achieve their goals in therapy.

 

Bianca 1.jpg

Please keep an eye on your junk mail for your reply

Education

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

  • Published article: Wang, S. C., & Santos, B. M. C. (2022). “Go back to China with your (expletive) virus”: A revelatory case study of anti-Asian racism during COVID-19. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000287

  • 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 Psychologist 

 

*English and Spanish 

*In person and online session 

*Short waitlist available (2-4 weeks)

 

Training and Intercultural Experience

Clementina is a licensed Psychologist from Caracas, Venezuela, where she trained and obtained experience in supporting children, adolescents and adults, working across the lifespan in the mental health sector. Clementina is currently living in Mexico City and provides sessions online and in person.

 

Clementina enjoys working with both adults and children. 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 provides a mix of individual therapy and group counselling and is skilled at working with anxiety, grief, trauma, anger management, social challenges and more. 

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Clementina enjoyed being a Teacher’s Assistant at Universidad Metropolitana, where she supported and helped guide Psychology students with their clinical cases. Around that time she also supported oncology patients and their families through their fear, anxiety and grief.

 

Special Interest areas - Special Needs and Giftedness, Drug and Alcohol use, Body Image.  

Clementina 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. 

Clementina has experience supporting clients who wish to reduce or cease using alcohol, drugs and/or prescription medication. She is also passionate about supporting people with eating disordered and/or body image challenges. 

 

Approach

Clementina uses a holistic approach which means that she is flexible in using the model that best suits the client’s needs, whether it be CBT, Person-Centered Approach and/or Psychodynamic. She will support her clients towards having a clear vision of their possible struggles and triggers by guiding them to answer their own inquiries and focusing on their needs and goals.

 

Registration 

Clementina is a licensed psychologist within the Venezuelan regulation body, she is a member of the Colegio de Psicólogos de Miranda, and the Federación de Psicólogos de Venezuela (FPV N. 15.379).

 

Photo Clementina.HEIC

Please keep an eye on your junk mail for your reply

Education

  • Master in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychotherapy (in progress), 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  Therapist

 

*Bilingual (English and Spanish) 

*Online-only (for now)

*Limited availability

 

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 gentle, 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. The latter positions the clients as the experts in their own lives. 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 capital murder charges and, as such, the possibility of the death penalty. In this capacity he has been on defense teams that have saved more than twenty lives. 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. 

David Photo 3.jpg

Please keep an eye on your junk mail for your reply

Jenna Mayhew  I  Psychologist 

 

*Jenna is not currently seeing new clients.

To join her waitlist please click here

*English only

*In person and online 

*Long waitlist available (approximately 4-6 month wait) 

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, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. 

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 and goals are collaboratively identified at the start of treatment. Jenna uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combined with other evidence-based models and approaches, such as Client-Centred Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Shema Therapy and Attachment Theory. 

Work with Adults

Jenna has worked in the social sector for 16 years including 12 years working as a psychologist. She has spent many years in private practice as a generalist psychologist, 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 have 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. 

Work with Teens 

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 currently works with young people who often attend international schools in Mexico City. 

Registrations 

Jenna is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA, registration number: PSY0001648551). She abides by AHPRA's ethical guidelines, professional practice guidelines, requirements for supervision and ongoing professional development. Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), Revalidación de Estudios de Licenciatura: CA9R3S4210000408 . 

Green%20leaf%20background_edited.jpg

Education

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Charles Sturt University, continuing. Listed on the Dean’s Merit List for two years. 

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

  • 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

Sarah Boyle  I  Social Worker

*English only 

*Online only (Sarah has since relocated back to Sydney, Australia) 

*AVAILABLE NOW 

Training and Intercultural Experience

Sarah is a qualified Social Worker from Sydney, Australia and completed a portion of her Masters degree in Mexico City.  Sarah has been a social worker for over 10 years and her roles have covered counselling, case management, program management, and policy and advocacy in the mental health sector. Much of her work has had a strong focus on supporting people as they settle into a new country, and the associated feelings of cultural disconnect, isolation, and uncertainty that can arise. She has worked with a wide range of clients, including those with depression and anxiety, through to complex mental health support needs, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

 

Sarah also lectures in Social Work at number of universities and enjoys supporting and providing supervision to newly graduated social workers and social work students. She cofounded the Inner and Eastern Sydney Transcultural Mental Health Professionals Network which facilitates professional development opportunities for mental health workers that provide transcultural support. 

Approach 
Sarah’s work as a therapist is informed by her specialisation in cross-cultural practice and her social work background. This means she closely considers external factors that impact on a person’s wellbeing such as their family, country, societal and systemic structures, and other influences. Using this lens, she supports her clients to understand the challenges they’re facing and how they may be able to best move past them in a way that is authentic to their own needs and values. Sarah has a specialisation in working with people who have a history of trauma, and has a flexible approach, recognising how cultural perceptions of wellbeing may vary greatly.

 

For the last 18 months, Sarah has been splitting her time between Australia and Mexico, maintaining strong connections in the mental health and migration sectors within both countries. Sarah views policy & advocacy work as crucial to social work practice, due to the strong link between an individual's socio-political and cultural environment, and their mental health and wellbeing. 

 

Registration

Sarah is a Member of the Australian Association of Social Work (registration number 443174). 

 
image2.jpeg

Education

 

  • The Happiness Trap  (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training)  and Emotion-Focused Therapy: Attachment Science in Practice, 2022. 

  • Master of Development Studies, Refugee and Displaced Persons, University of New South Wales Australia, 2014 - 2016 

  • Immigrants, Human Rights and Society. Academic Intensive Student Exchange Course, Universidad La Salle, A.C. Mexico 

  • 2016.

  • Trauma Informed Care in Practice, Blue Knot Foundation (formally known as Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)

  • Mental Health First Aid, 2012

  • AustraliaBachelor of Social Work, University of New South Wales Australia, 2008 - 2011.