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Child and adolescent Psychotherapist
Languages: English and Spanish
Asun has spent all her life in a multi-cultural setting. Born to an American mother and a Spanish father, she grew up in between countries and languages. She considers herself a "third culture" individual, and that is why she understands the challenges that come with not having an identity formed around only one country, nationality or culture, and having family and friends scattered all over the world. At the same time, she is able to appreciate the diversity and advantages of being multicultural, and loves to work and build relationships with people from other cultures.
This natural desire and ability to connect with and understand each individual within their own context led her ro study Psychology. While pursuing her BS in Clinical Psychology, Asun discovered her passion for children, which led her to spend three summers in Ghana, West Africa, as a volunteer working with children from a mental health center that she is still in touch with.
She lived two years in Denver, Colorado, where she was employed by the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), the largest Mental Health Clinic in the state, providing therapy for children and their families, a well as for the refugee population. Later, she moved to San Diego, California, where she continued working for children's mental health and earned a Specialized Certificate in Play Therapy from University of California San Diego (UCSD).
At present she works as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, providing therapy in English, Spanish and LSE (Spanish Sign Language).
Her therapeutic focus ranges from children with trauma (clinical traumatic stress, violence, negligence, traumatic bereavement), attachment and other emotional disorders. Her perfered work modality is play therapy, as she understands it is the natural way children learn, process and express what is happpening to them, specially when they can't do it through verbal language. Toys are their words and play is their language. Not only do they learn to behave in an apporpriate and functional way, but they also learn to self-regulate and solve conflicts through play.