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I am a registered Somatic Movement therapist and educator (RSMT/E), and an artist, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I received my doctorate degree in depth psychology with emphasis in somatic studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. My doctoral dissertation focused on the significance of somatics and expressive arts in addressing trauma and recovery, offering an innovative contribution to the field.
My education also includes an MA in psychology from the UCA University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and extensive training in several expressive arts and body-centered therapeutic modalities such as the Life/Art Process, the Creative Connection, Authentic Movement, and Dream Tending; and expertise in a number psychological orientations including gestalt, psychodynamic, person-centered approach, and depth psychology.
At the core of my practice is the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, an original body of work developed at Tamalpa Institute, the internationally recognized training center for movement-based expressive arts therapy.I am the former co-director of the institute and have been a core faculty member in the training programs for more than a decade.
I am an adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Portland, OR; and have held faculty positions at Meridian University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), teaching several courses including Expressive Arts Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma, and Multicultural counseling. I have also taught and lectured at Saint Mary’s College, Scripps College, Saybrook University, Hong Kong University and presented in numerous national and international conferences including the International Expressive Arts Association (IEATA) and the International Somatic Movement Association (ISMETA).
My work as a therapist and educator, reflects many years of personal inquiry and study in the intersecting fields of psychology, arts and embodiment. Being involved in this particular work for almost twenty years, has been fascinating and life changing, reminding me of the incredible healing capacity that we have as human beings when given the right conditions. I have discovered how profoundly possible it is to reclaim and develop our ability to authentically connect with self, others, and the world when the sensing, feeling, and imaginal body is given the chance to speak.