Leticia Martínez Prado|
Psychologist and Coach
Languages: Spanish and English
Psychologist specializing in third-generation therapies, counseling and research with severe mental disorders:
Leticia Martinez studied elementary school at a British Council School and attended a year of high school, year 10, in Greenville (North Carolina, USA). After two more summers in the United States, she began her studies in Psychology at the Autonoma University of Madrid inspired in part by her experience in San Diego. From the first moment, she was interested in the clinical area and she studied while taking part in volunteer projects, being involved for 5 years with International Cooperation in the area of supporting families of children with long-term hospitalisations (transplants, rare diseases etc). While studying for her degree, she trained as an expert in Psycho-oncology in the Quirón Hospital in Madrid in therapeutic assistance to people struggling with cancer. In her opinion, helping to manage uncertainty, fear, and loneliness while advancing in acceptance and adaptation and helping with difficulties that arise in personal and family relationships is the best way to support people in these particular set of circumstances.
After completing her Psychology degree, she began a postgraduate degree in Nutrition and Psycho-nutrition from the International University of La Rioja. She started her experience as a therapist for people with problems with food and/or self-image (with a particular interest that eat because of anxiety and emotional emptiness) and joined the Group of Experts on Eating and Behaviour in the Official College of Psychologists. To improve the quality of care for these people, she taught a course for other therapists based on the application of Mindfulness techniques (MB-EAT) to problems with eating. Leticia thinks, as an expert, that the key is to help clients understand the emotional part of their anxiety around food and look together for other ways to relieve negative emotions.
In 2013 she began the Master in General Health Psychology at the European University of Madrid that would allow her to enter SINEWS as an internship student. With her tutor Lidia Budziszewska, she trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach that she has continued to use since she was selected five years ago to join the team. Upon completion of the master's degree, she travelled to New England (USA) to collaborate with the University of Boston in the creation of clinical manuals for the treatment of trauma through behavioral therapy. From her way of working with trauma, Leticia understands that recovery goes through the acceptance of what has happened to us without resigning ourselves to letting it condition our future.
Later she completed her professional profile with postgraduate training in Coaching by ESNECA Business School which has allowed her to offer job interview preparation services, help in professional decision making and training in soft skills such as communication, leadership, resilience, innovation, and creativity.
During these years, Leticia has combined her clinical work with the management of the Counselling and Mentoring service of CUNEF (until June 2019) and with teaching Health and Behavioral Psychology classes and new technology (among others) at IE University and Psychopathology and Personality for Syracuse University. She developed and delivered a wellness and personal skills program called UBU (Your Best You) aimed at improving the physical, social and emotional health of students through group dynamics, personal development and the establishing of healthy habits.
Leticia's areas of expertise as a psychotherapist and coach are emotion regulation, anxiety management, and mood problems, difficulties with food and self-image as well as growth and professional and personal development. Her tools are Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectic Therapy.