Learn more about each of our therapists below. Then book a free introductory consultation to speak to them directly. 

Jonathan Van Viegen I Marriage and Family Therapist 

*English only

*Online sessions 

 

Training and Intercultural Experience

Jonathan is originally from Canada, but has lived overseas for a total of 13 years, both before and after receiving his training as a marriage and family therapist. He has lived in Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, and Belize with his wife and two children, working primarily within the expat and English-speaking community.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University in Arizona. He speaks English, Dutch, and Japanese, and is working on adding Spanish as his fourth language.

 

Approach

Jonathan uses solution-focused brief therapy and narrative therapy in his goal-oriented approach. When you work with Jonathan, you will focus on your internal strengths, positivity, and natural ability to find solutions to your problems rather than assigning blame, finding fault, or drawing harmful conclusions. With over six years of experience in helping couples and adults live life with intention, Jonathan brings a compassionate, focused approach to connecting with others while ensuring that his clients achieve their goals.

As a father of two young girls and an imperfect husband to a wonderful wife, Jonathan uses his own lived experience to connect with adults, couples, teens, and families struggling in their relationships and lives.

 

Couples Therapy

Jonathan has helped hundreds of couples rekindle their relationships, move away from the brink of divorce, and build a future together that’s full of love, laughter and better communication. He helps couples reclaim their lives from difficult challenges by focusing on the small solutions that lead to big changes. His approach focuses on daily habits and activities that are simple to implement, but lead to quick and lasting improvements.

 

 With a strong focus on the positive, Jonathan’s approach to couples therapy is different than many, and aims to move quickly into a stronger partnership where you see the good in each other again, rather than dwelling on the negative, or fixating on past hurts and resentments.

 

Adult Therapy

Jonathan specializes in helping adults overcome challenges such as depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance use, trauma, sexual functioning, and anger management. His positive approach is a welcome change for adults who have struggled for years, and can help those who are new to therapy find relief and improvement as quickly as possible.

Jonathan also works with clients and their primary care providers to help his clients taper off or discontinue use of psychiatric medication, should that be their goal.

Teens & Family Therapy (including young children) 

Jonathan has a special interest in working with teens and young families, and is a strong advocate for the needs and perspectives of younger people. He uses a systemic approach that is balanced and fair; in his work, he seeks to identify the roles and responsibilities of each member of the family, rather than placing blame or identifying one person as the problem.

Jonathan has worked within the international school system and expat families in particular, helping them through the challenges of life overseas. He has worked in collaboration with school counsellors and family practitioners to improve the well-being and development of younger people.

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Education

●  Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University, 2014-2016

●  Marriage and family therapy internship 2015-2016

●  Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 1994-1998

●  Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Whitehorse, Yukon, 2015

●  Discernment Counselling Training, Doherty Training Institute, 2015

David Lida  I  Therapist

*Bilingual (English and Spanish) 

*Online-only (for now)

*Currently seeing new clients, limited spaces available.  

 

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. 

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Jenna Mayhew  I  Psychologist 

*Jenna is not currently seeing new clients.

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*English only

*In person and online 

*Waitlist available 

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 . 

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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  

*Sarah is not currently available to see new clients* 

 

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). 

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Education

 

  • 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.