Learn more about each of our therapists below

CLEMENTINA VERA 

Psychologist 

*Children & adults 

*In person & online 

*English and Spanish

 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE  

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AYANA MCKANNEY  

Licensed Master Social Worker 

*Late teens & adults 

*Online only 

*English only 

 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE  

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DAVID LIDA 

Psychoanalyst 

*Late teens & adults 

*Online only 

*English and Spanish

 

Limited Availability 

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JENNA MAYHEW 

Principal Psychologist 

*Teens & adults 

*In person & online 

*English only

 

Waitlist only (4-6 months) 

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SARAH BOYLE

Social Worker  

*Adults 

*Online only

*English only

Limited availability 

 

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*Enquire about availability

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Clementina Vera I Psychologist 

 

*English and Spanish 

*In person and online session 

*Currently available  

 

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 Needs and Giftedness 

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. 

 

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).

 

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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.

*English only

*Online sessions 

*Currently available 

Training and Intercultural Experience

Ayana is a licensed master social worker (LMSW). She completed her training in New York where she worked as a social worker for over 20 years. Ayana has worked with children, adults, families and couples. She currently practices primarily with older teens and adults (and at times couples as well). 

 

The diversity in New York meant that Ayana is accustomed to working with people in intercultural circumstances in all of its manifestations (cross-cultural families, cross-cultural relationships, being an expat or immigrant etc.) Ayana supports her clients with the additional challenges that often arise with transition and relocation; including navigating new systems, establishing a support network, managing unique family structures etc. 

 

In 2021 Ayana and her family relocated from New York, USA, to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where they currently reside. 

 

Approach 

Ayana is a warm and supportive therapist with a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge resulting from her 20 years of practice. This allows her to effortlessly bring a fluid and highly individualised approach to each client. 

 

Ayana frequently works with clients who are feeling lost or even out of control, are anxious, depressed, impacted by trauma histories (including adult survivors of child sexual abuse), experiencing relationship challenges or have difficulties regulating their own emotions. 

 

Ayana practices from a transtheoretical approach, drawing on multiple models of therapy as needed. This includes models that help us to understand ourselves through exploring our history (for example, our attachment history with our family relationships, intergenerational patterns, socio-political systems etc.) with models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that provide practice tools for dealing with current problems. For example, relaxation techniques to centre oneself, tools for strengthening impulse control, and ways to recognise and respond to unhelpful thinking patterns. 

 

Through this combination of past and present, Ayana supports her clients to develop a deep understanding of themselves, bringing clarity and acceptance to oneself while also ensuring that any feelings of ‘stuckness’ are replaced with a clear path forwards. The loving acceptance of what has been and what is, combined with the promotion of insight, practical skill building and decision-making allows an individual to move forward in a way that is deeply aligned with their personal goals and values. 

Registrations 

Ayana is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in three states in the USA: New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island. 

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Ayana McKanney I Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) 

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  • Post Master's Certificate in Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice at New York University 2021 

  • Masters of Science in Social Work at New York University (MSW) 2004

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) at State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport 2000 

 

Education

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. 

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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 

*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 . 

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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  I  Social Worker

*English only 

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

*Limited availability

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

 

  • 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.