Division of Medicine
Dra. Encarna Domínguez
Neurologist
Psychiatrist

Children, adolescents and adults
Languages: English and Spanish
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Division of Medicine
Dra. Encarna Domínguez
Neurologist
Psychiatrist

Children, adolescents and adults
Languages: English and Spanish
  • Doctor, Specialist in Neurology.
  • Doctor, Specialist in Psychiatry.
  • Expert in Early Intervention.
  • Master in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr Dominguez Ballesteros was born in a small village in Extremadura in South-West Spain, where she spent her childhood and adolescence. Dr Dominguez’s father was a lawyer who had decided to emigrate to Paris to complete his studies at Sorbonne University. Dr Dominguez’s mother was a primary school teacher who had moved around Spain prior to settling down in Extremadura. Influenced by her parents’ background, Dr Dominguez developed a special interest in new languages and cultures as well as a wide range of childhood-related issue, including education and development, from early stages of her life.

Dr Dominguez graduated in Medicine, which she chose on the basis that such a discipline links scientific with humanist knowledge. She then undertook consultant training in Neurology. After working several years as Consultant Neurologist with special interest in Childhood Neurocognition, she underwent consultant training in Psychiatry. More Specifically, from an integrative/comprehensive approach to understanding human behaviour, she intended to develop her expertise in children and adolescent Neuropsychiatry.

During her training as Neurologist and Psychiatrist, Dr Dominguez carried out several clinical attachments in some of the most prestigious Spanish hospitals (such as Hospital Virgen del Rocio in Seville, Hospital Clinic in Barcelona or Hospital Gregorio Marañon in Madrid). She also completed three master degrees: Psychopharmacology and Neurocognition by University Autonoma of Barcelona and Autism Spectrum Disorders and Early Intervention by University of Zaragoza. Additionally, Dr Dominguez completed her training in family therapy, psychoanalysis and group therapy. Also, she participated in national and international peer reviewed publications and she delivered oral communications in different congresses in both Neurology and Psychiatry.

In 2014 Dr Dominguez was awarded a grant by the University of Seville which allowed her to embark on research at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience of King's College (IOPPN,London). Over this period Dr Dominguez gained new insights into the experience of living abroad. In particular, Dr Dominguez became aware of the challenges faced by a psychiatrist in a multicultural environment and therefore, using a second language.

However, she embraced this challenge and decided to move to London. By living in the UK, Dr Dominguez experienced in first person the emigration process, the diversity of multicultural families and the complexity of the cognitive and emotional journey of living in another country, which significantly improved her therapist skills by gradually making her see beyond the obvious. Since then, Dr Dominguez’s care approach to her patients has been characterised by an integrative holistic model in which family, social, emotional and biological issue are considered as key parts from a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective.

From 2014 to 2018, Dr Dominguez took on different roles as Psychiatrist working at the British National Health System (NHS). In particular, Dr Dominguez worked as Specialty Doctor in an inpatient acute unit at Springfield Hospital (South West and St George´s NHS Mental Health Trust). During her last period in London, Dr Dominguez delivered care for children and adolescents with complex needs in an outpatient clinic at The Royal Free Hospital in North London. At that point, Dr Dominguez completed her specific training in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and neurodevelopmental issues at the University of Oxford. Also, she provided care to more than 50 families with cultural, social and adaptive highly demanding needs.

In 2018 Dr Dominguez decided to move back to Spain facing a new process of resilience and flexibility. Since then, Dr Dominguez has been working at the public and private sector from both perspectives: outpatients and inpatients as a child neurologist in Madrid. Dr Dominguez has mastered the holistic view of her two specialties (Neurology and Psychiatry) combined with her wide experience working with young people and the knowledge of both health systems (British and Spanish health system).

  • Specialty in Psychiatry General Adult. 12th May 2011-12th May 2015. Andalusian Health Service. Hospital Virgen Macarena. Seville (Spain)
  • Specialty in Neurology General Adult. 3rd June 2004-3rd June 2008. Extremadura Health Service. Hospital Infanta Cristina. Badajoz (Spain)
  • Bachelor´s Degree in Medicine. June 2002. University of Extremadura. Badajoz (Spain)
  • Master´s Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Academic year September 2016- September 2017. Distinction. University of Zaragoza
  • Master´s Degree in Psychobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Academic year 2009-2010. Distinction. University Autonoma of Barcelona
  • Proficiency in Academic Research (Equivalent to MSc) Department of Psychiatry and Pharmacology. December 2008. Distinction. University of Extremadura
  • First Language: Spanish
  • Other: English. IELTS exam ( Date: 7th May 2016). Listening 8.5/ Reading 8.5/ Writing 7/ Speaking 7. Overall Band Score: 8 (very good user) CEFR level: C1
  • Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrist. Outpatient clinic Royal Free Hospital. London. October 2017-June 2018
  • Specialty Doctor in Aquarius Ward, Tier 4 Adolescents Inpatient Unit, Springfield Hospital. South West London and St George´s NHS Mental Health Trust. London
    March 2017- October 2017
  • 9 months Consultant Psychiatrist CAMHS in outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service of the Department of Psychiatry (Hospital Virgen Macarena, Seville. Spain) August 2016- March 2017
  • 1-year training period in Child and Adolescent Mental Health including outpatient and inpatient settings. June 2014- June 2015
  • 3-month training period as clinical observer in Tolworth Hospital, South West and St George´s NHS Mental Health Trust, London. October 2014- January 2015
  • 3-month training period in Adolescents Inpatients Unit Hospital Gregorio Marañon (Madrid) March- June 2014
  • 3-month training period in Psychiatry Liaison Inpatient Unit, Hospital Clinic. Barcelona. October 2013- January 2014
  • 3 years Consultant Neurologist General Adult. Hospital Merida- Hospital Tierra de Barros. Badajoz. June 2008-May 2011
  • 3-month training period in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Hospital Virgen Rocio (Seville) March-June 2007
  • Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrist. Clínica López Ibor. Madrid. Spain. June 2018-Present
  • The right occipital lobe and poor insight in first episode of psychosis. Diana Tordesillas-Gutierrez , Rosa Ayesa-Arriola , Manuel Delgado-Alvarado, Jennifer L. Robinson, Javier Lopez-Morinigo, Jesus Pujol, M. Encarnación Dominguez-Ballesteros, Anthony S. David, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro. PLoS ONE 13(6): e0197715. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197715
  • Risk assessment and suicide by patients with schizophrenia in secondary mental healthcare: a case-control study. Lopez-Morinigo JD, Ayesa-Arriola R, Torres-Romano B, Fernandes AC, Shetty H, Broadbent M, Dominguez-Ballesteros ME, Stewart R, David AS, Dutta R. BMJ Open. 2016;6(9):e011929. PubMedID: 27678536
  • The economic crisis and mental health. S.L Romero Guillena, B.Mata Saenz, MC Rodriguez Gamito, A Dominguez Cejudo, ME Dominguez Ballesteros. The journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol 24(2014) Supplement 2. Pag:S343
  • Historical cohort study in psychiatrist emergency care: 2007-2013 S.L Romero Guillena, A Dominguez Cejudo, ME Dominguez Ballesteros, B.Mata Saenz, MC Rodriguez Gamito. The journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol 24(2014) Supplement 2. Pag:S342
  • Asenapine in treatment of bipolar disorder: a 12 months study. A.Fernandez Galvez, S.L Romero Guillena, ME Dominguez Ballesteros . The journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol 23(2013) Supplement 2. Pag:S374
  • Best oral presentation: Research about an ADHD group related to their motor functions. A.Gagos Ageitos, MJ Duran Maseda, A.Blanco Villaverde, ME Dominguez Ballesteros, J.Lopez Morinigo. Updating course. Advances in clinical management of ADHD. 26th February 2016 Madrid
  • Award for Internships Abroad for Andalusian Health Service Trainees.. FISEVI (Sevillian Institution Foundation for Research). February 2014.
  • Best oral communication: Superficial siderosis of the CNS: a rare cause of ataxia. Domínguez E, Pons M.A, Fernández M.A, Durán C, Bartolomé S, Querol M.R. X Annual Meeting of the Neurology Society of Extremadura. February 2008.
  • Best oral communication: Cerebella syndrome and Erdheim Chester disease. Pons M.A, Cancho B, Sáez J, Domínguez E, Castañón R. VII Annual Meeting of the Neurology Society of Extremadura. 20 - 21 January 2006.
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry: legal framework in the UK. E.Dominguez Ballesteros, ML Lavadino Zamora. VIII European Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology - AEPEA and XXX Congress of SEPYPNA. Bilbao, 26 - 28 April 2018
  • Holistic approach of anterograde amnesia and frontotemporal dementia in childhood. E.Dominguez Ballesteros, ML Lavadino Zamora,P Aguilar Valseca. VIII European Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology - AEPEA and XXX Congress of SEPYPNA. Bilbao, 26 - 28 April 2018
  • The influence of prenatal nicotine adicction in future development of ADHD. E.Dominguez Ballesteros, ML Lavadino Zamora, MJ Marquez Marquez. VIII European Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology - AEPEA and XXX Congress of SEPYPNA. Bilbao, 26 - 28 April 2018
  • Insomnia in emergency care psychiatry. ME Dominguez Ballesteros, MC Rodriguez Gamito, B.Mata Saez. XVI World Congress of World Psychiatry Association. 14th-18th September 2014, Madrid
  • Psychiatric emergency care in psychopharmacological side effects. ME Dominguez Ballesteros, B.Mata Saez, MC Rodriguez Gamito. XVI World Congress of World Psychiatry Association. 14th-18th September 2014, Madrid
  • The influence of gender on urgent mental health consultations. ME Dominguez Ballesteros, MC Rodriguez Gamito, S.L Romero Guillena. XVI World Congress of World Psychiatry Association. 14th-18th September 2014, Madrid
  • The impact of the economic crisis on psychiatric emergency services. A.Dominguez Cejudo, S.L Romero Guillena, ME Dominguez Ballesteros. XVI World Congress of World Psychiatry Association. 14th-18th September 2014, Madrid
  • Personality disorders in emergency units. B.Mata Saez, A.Dominguez Cejudo, ME Dominguez Ballesteros. XVI World Congress of World Psychiatry Association. 14th-18th September 2014, Madrid
  • Analysis of a patients group admitted to the mental health inpatient unit with a diagnosis of first psychotic episode. MJ Marquez Marquez, ME Dominguez Ballesteros. C.Garcia Roman. XVI World Congress of World Psychiatry Association. 14th-18th September 2014, Madrid
  • Dual disorder patients: follow up results by our mental health unit and therapeutic evangelical Christian center. S.L Romero Guillena, ME Dominguez Ballesteros, M Guillen Benitez. III International Cogress Dual Disorders Addictions and other mental disorders. 23RD-26TH October 2013, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Asenapine in the treatment of bipolar 1 disorder: a 12 months study. Fernández Galvez A, Romero Guillena SL, Domínguez Ballesteros ME. 26th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress. 5 – 9 October 2013, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Socio-demographic characteristics and clinical profile of geriatric patients in a comunity mental health unit. Romero Guillena SL, Domínguez Ballesteros ME, Fernández Galvez A. XII Annual Meeting of the International College of Geriatric.
  • Section 12 approved clinician. South London and St George´s NHS Mental Health Trust. London
  • ADOS-2 training. Hogefre Academy. Oxford. 24-26 Abril 2018
  • Attention Deficit Disorder in Pediatrics. University of Barcelona, accredited by the Continuous Training Commission of the National Health System of Spain. 26TH February 2016. 2.9 credit points
  • Research Methodology. Pupilum, accredited by the Continuous Training Commission of the National Health System of Spain. 25TH March 2015. 4,2 credit points
  • How to respond clinical questions? Literature research and critical reading of articles. Pupilum, accredited by the Continuous Training Commission of the National Health System of Spain. 24TH January 2015. 4,0 credit points
  • How to write and publish a quality scientific article: the editorial process. Mayo continuous training, accredited by the Continuous Training Commission of the National Health System of Spain. 26th October 2015. 3,9 credit points
  • Agitation and escalation. International Course on the detection, assessment and management of Agitation in Clinical Practice. Spanish society of Psychiatry and International Society of Bipolar Disorder. 5th May 2014. 42 WPA credits
  • Dual pathology. Intervention protocols. (Dual pathology in adolescents and ADHD). Spanish Society of Dual Pathology, accredited by the Continuous Training Commission of the National Health System of Spain. 28TH October 2014
  • Full with Specialist registration without license to practice at General Medical Council with number 7541965
  • Registration at Medical Council of Madrid with number 280605859

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