Amanda Blanco Carranza|
Languages: English and Spanish
Amanda studied her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During her university years, her interests focused on the clinical and forensic fields. Her interest in the latter led her to do her practicum at a penitentiary center, where she worked with a group of inmates carrying out a psychoeducational program that provided training on communication, social, and behavioral skills, as well as emotional management. This experience stimulated her to continue her training in this field of Psychology.
Amanda knows first-hand the experience of being an expatriate. Once she finished her Bachelor’s degree, motived by getting to know other cultures, improving her English, and continuing her education, she moved to Canada, where she lived and worked for 6 years.
During her stay in Canada, she had the opportunity to meet people from different countries, cultures and religions, which allowed her to broaden her experience with diversity and familiarized herself with different ways of living. She studied her Master’s degree doing research at the University of British Columbia, where she worked with the forensic team of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law (CAPSL). Her Master’s thesis focused on researching the relationship between intimate partner violence and non-suicidal self-injury. During her Master’s, she also worked as a Teaching Assistant for several courses.
After finishing her Master’s, she moved to Vancouver, where she collaborated as a crisis frontline worker with two organizations that assisted female victims of gender violence and sexual assault. In these organizations, she received training and accumulated experience with front-line attention services (women’s shelter and 24-hours crisis line). She also got trained in addictions with Vancouver Coastal Health, where she volunteered facilitating support groups for people with addiction problems.
As Amanda describes, her years in Canada were a period of great personal and professional development. However, the path she had to walk was not easy. Amanda experienced first-hand the challenges and difficulties one has to face when studying and working in another country (different language, different culture, different educational system, etc.), so she has a good understanding of adaptation difficulties and the psychological and emotional changes associated with living in a new environment.
When she returned to Madrid, she resumed her studies in Clinical Psychology. She received training on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and couples’ therapy, and started collaborating with Asociación Mujeres Unidas contra el Maltrato doing therapy with female victims of gender violence. In 2016, she started her Masters in Health and Clinical Psychology at Universidad Europea de Madrid, where she was selected to work at SINEWS as a practicum student being supervised by Dr. Gema Rubio. We couldn’t let her go after the fantastic work she did during her practicum so we hired her as soon as she finished her Masters.
Amanda intends to keep updated about new advances on psychological evaluation and intervention techniques through a periodic training process in order to offer therapy from an integrative approach.