Foto Leonor Irarrazaval

I am a clinical psychologist from Chile.

I completed my training as a clinical psychologist in Barcelona, ​​Spain (between 1999 and 2007). In 2001 I obtained a Masters in Social-Cognitive Psychotherapy from University of Barcelona, and I worked as a psychotherapist in different public and private health centers. When I returned to Chile, in 2008 I participated in a 1-year postgraduate programme of Buddhist Psychology in Santiago de Chile. In 2009 I started my doctoral studies at the Medical Faculty of University of Chile, which was a Doctoral Programme in Psychotherapy with a joint degree from Heidelberg University. My dissertation, aiming at improving diagnosis, was a phenomenological study of self-disorders and narratives in schizophrenia.

From 2007 until 2010 I worked as a training supervisor for clinical psychologists in a post-graduate degree programme in Santiago de Chile. From 2009 to 2013 I worked as a psychotherapist and researcher at the Psychiatric Clinic of University of Chile, and in 2012 I gave a Seminar on Constructivist Cognitive Perspectives at the Faculty of Psychology of Diego Portales University.

From 2008 until 2017, I worked as a psychotherapist at the Phillips Medical-Psychological Health Center in Plaza de Armas, Santiago de Chile. From 2013 to 2017, I worked as Academic Coordinator at the Center for Studies on Phenomenology and Psychiatry from the Medical Faculty of Diego Portales University.

During 2018 I will be a post doctoral researcher (CONICYT- Becas CHILE postdoctorado en el extranjero) at the section Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychiatry, Heidelberg University Hospital. Currently, my interest of research is focused on human vulnerability and its relation with ethical aspects of human co-existence, in particular in the context of mental health, which aims to make a contribution to the practice of psychotherapy.