David Lida  

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. 

 

David offers both individual and couples therapy to adults. His approach is gentle, reflective and exploratory, and has worked with many clients through issues of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief. He 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. David also brings an intercultural understanding to his work. He is able to provide therapy in both English and Spanish. 

 

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. 

 

Due to the pandemic David is currently only offering sessions online.

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Mariana Bautista  

Mariana is from Mexico City, Mexico. Mariana was awarded the International Postgraduate Scholarship at Goldsmiths, University of London, and completed her Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in England. Mariana has lived in Mexico, England and East Africa, and offers therapy in both English and Spanish. 

Dance movement psychotherapy emphasises the integration of the physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of the self. In addition to traditional talk-therapy, non-verbal forms of expression, such as the use of movement and body language, are used in session. In addition to those seeking greater mind-body connection, it is also an accessible modality for those who are restricted in their expression. This may be due to disability, discomfort or simply difficulty expressing oneself verbally. Mariana practices with children and adults with a wide range of capacity and need. 

Mariana's work with children has over the past decade has spanned three international schools in Mexico City (Edron, Westhill and Churchill), as well as at schools in Djibouti and Tanzania. Mariana has held roles such as the Special Educational Needs and Arts Program Coordinator and has developed and incorporated dance movement therapy programs in schools. She has supported children with Autism, emotional distress, behavioural issues and learning difficulties, working with children ranging from refugee children from Yemen, through to third culture kids at private international schools. Regardless of the child's circumstances, teachers and parents alike often testified to the growth in confidence, self-esteem and relationships with peers as a result of the therapy. 

Most recently, Mariana has spent over a year embarking on her own wellbeing and spiritual quest at a Yoga and Mediation Centre in Oaxaca. Here she lived in a spiritual community and volunteered, co-created, worked, studied, participated in silent meditation retreats, took intensive yoga, meditation and divine feminine courses, and offered dance movement psychotherapy to adults, many of whom were experiencing negative impacts from the pandemic. 

Mariana is passionate about working with femininity, sexuality and body image, and supporting adult women to comfortably and safely explore this side of themselves. Mariana recently completed a month long intensive course on the Divine Feminine at Hridaya Yoga A.C., where she gained a deeper understanding of the collective baggage women carry due to societal conditionings over thousands of years which impact how we relate to ourselves, our sexuality, and our relationships with both women and men. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is an evidence-based model that has been shown to be high effective for supporting women from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures with issues around self-esteem, body image, sexuality, femininity, gender inequality and other gender-based struggles. 


Mariana is currently offering sessions online. She has limited spaces for face to face therapy. She offers free consultations where you can learn more about her, the modality and see if it is a good fit before beginning. 

Education

  • Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2012-2015

  • Shakti Heart Immersion Course Intensive, Hridaya Yoga Mazunte, 2021 

  • Module 1 Hatha Yoga and Meditation Intensive Course, Hridaya Yoga Mazunte, 2020 

  • Bachelor of Communication Sciences, Universidad de Value de México, 2004-2007

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Jenna Mayhew

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 small children. 

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; and young people who are attending international schools. 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. 

 

In addition to my work as a generalist psychologist, Jenna has a special interest in supporting women in the perinatal phase. 

Jenna works in a gentle and highly empathetic way; while also being committed to achieving your goals, which are set at the start of therapy. 

 

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 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. 

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* 

 

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’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 plans to return to Mexico in late 2020, where she will continue to provide therapeutic services, alongside advocacy work in the mental health sector. 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. 

 

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. 

 

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

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. 

Juan Antonio Solorzano Citalan 

*Antonio is not currently available to see new clients* 

Antonio is Mexican and lives in Morelia, Michoacan. He is a Clinical Psychologist and has completed over eight years of training across the USA and Mexico. Antonio speaks English and Spanish. 

 

Antonio has practiced as a psychologist for over a decade and provides clinical supervision to other mental health professionals working with young people. His work began in the school setting, supporting young people with a range of disabilities and neurological disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Intellectual Disabilities, as well as emotional and behavioural challenges. Antonio is skill at individual therapy, parent training and family work. He work has a strong focus on addressing and resolving problematic behaviours. He also works closely with a number of schools to support social inclusion for children and young people with special needs. 

 

Antonio has completed comprehensive, two-year, post-graduate training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a third-wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach that is strongly evidence-based and focuses on using mindfulness/self-awareness to help young people managing intense emotions. DBT also focuses on supporting young people to develop social skills and positive, healthy relationships with family and friends. 

 

While Antonio’s specialisation is in working with children and young people, he also works with adults. This includes people struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and a range of other mental health problems. His approach is very supportive, with a focus on honouring the emotional experience, while also finding ways to gently make changes that lead to positive impacts in your life. 

 

Antonio is a registered Clinical Psychologist with (Cedular Profesional registration number: 7048721). He is a member of two Latin American Psychological Associations, including the Latin American Association for the Education in Psychology (ALFEPSI) and Latin American Analysis and Cognitive Modification (ALAMOC). 

 

Antonio also has a special interest in neurobiology and recently completed a specialisation via UNAM’s Neurobiology Unit in the detection of neurological damage in the perinatal phase. Antonio’s research on young people, behaviour and neurobiology has been presented in congress to the International Congress of Inclusive Education in Monterrey and the ISITDBT in New York and San Diego. 

  

Education

 

  • Detection of risk factors of neurological damage in newborns, UNAM, 2019 

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for Children, Child Mind Institute, 2018

  • Diagnosis Autism with the PDA Test Certification, Centro de Orientación Temprana Integral Infantil (COTTI) 2017

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Comprehensive Training, The Linehan Institute, 2014-2016. 

  • Master in Mental Health (psychoanalysis specialisation), Universidad de Leon, 2010 - 2012 

  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology, Universidad Latina de America, 2003-2007