Foto Leonor Irarrazaval

I am a clinical psychologist from Chile. I am an experienced psychotherapist. I started my practice as a psychotherapist more than 20 years ago. I worked as a full time psychotherapist until I started my doctoral studies in 2009, since then I have worked both as a psychotherapist and a researcher. I completed my dissertation in 2013.

I studied psychology in Santiago de Chile and started my practice as a psychotherapist in 1995. I completed my training as a psychotherapist in Barcelona, ​​Spain, where I was a resident from 1999 until 2007. In 2001 I obtained a Masters in Social-Cognitive Therapy 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 attended 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 Cognitive-Constructivist 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 1-year Seminar on Cognitive Constructivist Perspectives at the Faculty of Psychology of Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile.

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, Santiago de Chile.

Since 2018 to present, I work as a postdoctoral researcher (CONICYT- PFCHA / Becas CHILE postdoctorado en el extranjero/2017 – FOLIO 74180011) at the section Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy, Department of General Psychiatry, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany. I develop my research project in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Fuchs. My postdoctoral research is focused on human vulnerability and its relation with ethical aspects of human co-existence (recognition, values, and empathy), in particular in the context of mental health. My current research project aims to make a contribution to psychotherapy for persons with severe mental illness.