Maria Vittoria Mentasti
Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Maria Vittoria Mentasti
Psychologist
Adults and adolescents
Languages: English, Spanish and Italian
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Maria Vittoria Mentasti
Division of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Coaching
Maria Vittoria Mentasti
Psychologist
Adults and adolescents
Languages: English, Spanish and Italian
  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology at IE University, Madrid.
  • Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology at Complutense University of Madrid.

Vittoria was born in Milan to Italian parents who, from an early age, committed to making her a citizen of the world. She completed her studies at the International School of Milan (in English with Spanish as a second language) and grew up in a home where her mother spoke English. She lived her adolescence between Italy and Switzerland (Lugano) and during this time she dedicated her summers to humanitarian projects in Peru, helping to build decent housing for the underprivileged. After obtaining her International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Milan and certifying her multilingualism in Italian, English and Spanish, she undertook her last trip to Peru; where she lived for several months in an orphanage-clinic for abandoned children with intellectual and physical disabilities, working as a volunteer and educator. This experience changed Vittoria’s life; she understood that being a psychologist was her vocation; Vittoria realized that in order to really help someone, she needed to do so as a professional. She completed a Bachelor in Psychology at IE University in Madrid, an international environment with classmates from Latin America, Arab countries, Asia and other European countries. These years as a student in a foreign country challenged her ability to adapt; she ultimately learnt that “feeling home” meant feeling good about herself. Her undergrad internship in human resources helped her to understand that problems in the work environment affect other areas of life and have an impact on mental health.

After completing her Bachelor, she enrolled and successfully completed the Master in General Health Psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid. She completes her year long training program at a clinic offering psychological services at a reduced cost to adults and adolescents in difficult economic and social situations, suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse and grief for the loss of a loved one.

Vittoria has great interest and respect for adolescence and young adults. She is convinced that with the right motivation, the combination between the energy of this age and its certain naivety can be a recipe for well-being. 

The Covid-19 pandemic made her quickly become familiar with telepsychology, leading her to deepen her knowledge in this field through an online therapy course offered by the Official College of Psychologists of Madrid.

Following her trajectory of work with children and adolescents, Vittoria is trained in children’s rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations of 1989, completing a course given by the University of Geneva. Vittoria believes that children and adolescents are not properties or objects of generosity, but rather rights holders just like adults.

To improve the quality of her work with the adult population, Vittoria is trained in grief assessment and treatment, the impact of stress and the management of emotions and the importance of learning to communicate in a kind, frank and open way.

Most recently she is trained in suicide prevention and intervention. From her perspective, training people to manage anxiety, stress and emotional distress is the best way to help those who have lost hope.

As a therapist, she is trained in EMDR, a useful technique to alleviate the emotional and behavioral suffering caused by traumatic events people experience.

Vittoria describes herself as a warm and approachable professional, with a strong «Italian» sense of humor. She connects with the patient from a non-judgmental perspective and commits to putting herself in the other person’s shoes. 

  • Present: Master in Contextual Therapy, ACT Institute, Madrid.
  • 2015: EMDR Therapist, Instituto Español EMDR.
  • 2012: Masters Degree in Health Psychology and Clinical Practice, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid. Collegiate Number: M-26274.
  • 2010: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid.
  • 2010: Anorexia and Bulimia Course: Diagnosis, Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention, Fundación Dr. Esquerdo, Madrid.
  • 2009: Specialist Course in Crisis Intervention, El Teléfono de la Esperanza, Madrid.
  • 2013- Present: Psychologist, King's College School, Soto de Viñuelas, Madrid.
  • 2011- 2015: Therapist, co-therapist and application of diagnostic tests in the child and adolescent department of UNINPSI (Unidad de Intervención Psicosocial de la Universidad Pontificia de Madrid).
  • 2011- 2012: Group therapy with children aged 12 to 17 years with ADHD. Centro de formación Padre Piquer, Madrid.
  • 2010-2011: Volunteer as co-therapist in the Department of Eating Disorders. Sanatorio Esquerdo- Psiquiatría, Madrid.
  • 2009-2010: Co-therapist in the Department of Psycho-oncology. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid.
  • 2009: Co-therapist, application of diagnostic tests. Clinica Psiquiatrica Dr. Everardo Newman Peña, Mexico.
  • 2014: Lecturer in “Relaxation Techniques” course, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid.
  • 2013- 2015 Internship Tutor for students studying the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid.
  • 1st Psychology Conferences: Violence dynamics: young offenders, juvenile assaults, March 2009.
  • Third Conference of Integration in Psychology: Living the death, April 2008.
  • Collaboration in the organization of the International Congress: Psychological disorders in the XXI Century, March 2007.
  • Second Conference about Integration in Psychology: The psychologist questioning the damage, February 2006.

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