Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Alexia Kelsey Roncero Penistone
General Health Psychologist
Adults, adolescents, couples and families
Languages: English and Spanish
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Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Alexia Kelsey Roncero Penistone
General Health Psychologist
Adults, adolescents, couples and families
Languages: English and Spanish
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Comillas Pontifical University.
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical / General Health Psychology at Comillas Pontifical University.
  • Master’s Degree in Systemic Family Therapy at Comillas Pontifical University.

Alexia is the daughter of a British mother and a Spanish father, and she is completely bilingual in both languages. She was born in Spain and moved to Manchester with her family, where she studied at Gorse Hall Primary School, which is why she has experienced first hand what it is to be new, both in a school and in a country. Such is her love for the United Kingdom that she visits her maternal family whenever she can, and people in her life know about her English customs: from her typical british humour to Sunday Roast Dinners. .

Her first contact with this profession was when she saw how a family member who was within the autism spectrum overcame his difficulties by means of psychological help. Later on, during her life as a high performance athlete she experienced the support of a sports psychologist, with whom Alexia experienced very significative progress in very little time.

During her years at the Faculty of Psychology, Alexia explored different areas, such as human resources, intervention in learning difficulties and sports psychology, and served her internship in intervention in crisis for children and teenagers at risk, at ANAR Foundation, which was a collaboration that she voluntarily prolonged during the following months. This experience brought her closer to complex realities, such as self harm, behaviour alterations with violence within the family and bullying, as well as the legal and minors’ protection aspects that are associated.

During her postgraduate years, Alexia received training in several therapeutic models during her work at UNINPSI (Psychosocial Intervention Unit), where she integrated and incorporated tools from Cognitive-Behavioural, Systemic and Humanistic Therapy. Patients attended due to symptoms of anxiety, low spirits, demotivation, work stress… While working with them Alexia aspired to finding the root of these symptoms, which awakened her interest for how the quality of our relationships impacts our wellbeing.

In particular, she developed and maintains a specific interest for couples, who she sees as a mirror of insecurities and strengths, and also as a result of what we learn from our early bonds. A universe which has the power of transforming us into the best version of ourselves, but also of trapping us in suffering.

This is why, later on, she decided to specialise in Systemic Therapy. During her Master’s Degree she did her internship at CEIP Vedruna as a therapist for teenagers and their families, where she was able to understand the importance of family bonds and peer relationships, and how transforming the dynamics generates a great shift in the family or group members’ quality of life.

In the summer of 2019 she worked as a team coordinator at Barretstown Camp (Ireland) with children and teenagers who were suffering from cancer. There, she directed activities to promote their self-esteem and provided emotional support for the children. She was mesmerized at how recovering childhood routines without limitations brought back their happiness.

During the last year, Alexia has worked at BetterUp as a coach for employees and executives of international companies who want to better their quality of life, and collaborates with Alimentación 3S, providing individual therapy especially in the field of anxiety and eating disorders.

Her profession is vocational and her priority is to improve her patients’ quality of life, working alongside them to develop their abilities and strengths so as to face the difficulties of their everyday life.

  • January 19-December 19. Master’s Degree of Therapeutic Specialization in Systemic Family Therapy. Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid)
  • September 17-May 19. Master’s Degree in Clinical / General Health Psychology. Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid)
  • September 13-June 17. Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid)
  • March 21-Present. General Health Psychologist at Sinews MTI
  • March 20-Present. Online Coach at BetterUp
    • BetterUp is an international organization dedicated to providing online coaching for professionals who work for different companies, with the goal of increasing well-being in both their personal and professional lives.
    • Theoretical and practical training on coaching methodology and techniques, aimed at shifting mindsets and behaviours in order to achieve the desired outcomes.
    • Tasks include conducting coaching sessions in English and Spanish for professionals with the objetive of their gaining awareness of strengths they can apply so as to grow on a personal level and develop their professional career.
  • January 19-December 19. Clinical Family Therapist at Vedruna Primary and Secondary School
    • Direct psychological intervention with students at the school (5 – 17 years old) and their families: low socioeconomic status, broken homes and/or at risk of social exclusion.
    • Conducted therapy sessions for individuals, parents, siblings and families.
    • Tasks included assessment, diagnosis, hypothesis formulation and intervention using several integrative techniques from different approaches: systemic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic; supervision of cases and preparation of psychological reports.
    • Lead workshop for parents on empowerment and self-esteem.
    • Collaborated in multidisciplinary work alongside the Counselling Department.
  • December 17-June 19. Clinical Psychologist at UNINPSI – Psychosocial Intervention Unit
    • Direct psychological intervention with children, teenagers and adults, as well as couples and families: evaluation, hypothesis and psychological treatment using integrative therapeutic techniques from various approaches: systemic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic.
    • Developed interventions and participated in supervision of clinical cases with team of psychologists.
  • September 16-November 17. Crisis Intervention Psychologist at ANAR Foundation – Aid for Children and Teenagers at Risk
    • Crisis/emergency intervention via the telephone helpline for children and teenagers at risk, as well as for adults who knew of a minor at risk: addiction, anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, abuse, domestic violence, bullying.
    • Theoretical and practical course on psychological orientation, protocols and crisis/emergency intervention.
    • Collaborated with the multidisciplinary team of psychologists, lawyers and social workers.
  • January 16-March 16. School Counsellor at ‘Nuestra Señora de la Merced’ Primary and Secondary School
    • Support for children and teenagers with academic difficulties.
    • Coordinated with psychologists, educationalists, physiotherapists and teachers.
    • Prepared psychological report for Counselling Department.
  • Course on ‘Positive Psychology: Understanding Happiness’. Positive Acorn
  • Course on “Co-Creating Cooperative Partnerships with Reluctant and Demoralized Parents” with Matthew D. Selekman. Spanish Cognitive Psychotherapy Association
  • Certificate of Conscious Business Coaching. BetterUp
  • Onboarding Training for Online Associate Coach. BetterUp
  • Voluntary service as activity leader for teenagers who were suffering from serious illnesses: increasing their self-esteem and personal growth, providing emotional support and acting as interpreter of English and Spanish. Barretstown Camp (Ireland)
  • Individual Systemic Therapy Training Workshop. FOCUS
  • Course on ‘Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy’ with Les Greenberg. Comillas Pontifical University
  • Course on ‘Enneagram I’. Gestalt: Psychotherapy and Training (GPyF)
  • Holistic approach, CBT, Systemic, Humanistic & Psychodynamic Therapy.
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication skills.
  • English: Native Proficiency
  • Spanish: Native Proficiency

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