Hi! I'm Mariana, a child and teen clinical psychologist. In addition to this, I'm a play therapist in training, writer, public speaker, and educator. Read more about my story here.
I received my degree as a psychologist (2012) and specialization in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (2018) from Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua (USMA) in Panama.
My story as a psychologist starts in 2012, when I worked as a psychology assistant, where I learned the art of assessment, diagnosis, and designing psychotherapeutic treatment for children and teenagers. I also worked closely with parents, to help them unlock their tools to raise emotionally healthier children.
After almost three wonderful learning years, I ventured into the world of educational psychology. I worked at the International School of Panama (ISP) as middle school's learning support specialist. During my time here, I worked with pre-teens in both ends of the spectrum: with learning difficulties, as well as those with enrichment possibilities.
My passion for psychology and education came together when I worked as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for my alma mater. I've also worked in the private practice offering psycho-educational assessments, as well as therapy to children, teens, and parents.
I currently write for a variety of online publications which include Psychology Today, Psych Central, Tonic by VICE, Ravishly, Hello Giggles, among others. I specialize in a wide range of themes and topics which include: mental health, parenting, and feminism - usually, crafting pieces where all of these meet.
In addition to this, I develop workshops, seminars, and talks for parents and schools about a variety of topics of child and teen psychology. Also, I create online courses and workshops for mental health professionals and psychology students in Spanish. You can read more about each of these services in this website.