Hi, I’m Agustín! I am no stranger to cultural and adaptational difficulties as I grew up in multiple places and have now lived in six countries. Traveling frequently while growing up opened my mind to the cultural diversity of this amazing world, but also complicated my idea of national and personal identity. This is a struggle common with third culture kids and other internationally minded people.
Being on my own journey regarding mental health has given me the perspective which has made me so passionate about this field. Working with mental health professionals has been transformative for my quality of life, a change I hope to see in those I work with as well. Even though I am a registered psychologist with the Dutch Institute of Psychologists I am currently a digital nomad based out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and my practice is 100% online.
My goal is for you to eventually no longer need therapy because mental health-wise you’re in a better place. I work with people that deal with high amounts of anxiety, symptoms of depression, identity issues, and other ebbs and flows of life. I provide a safe space for LGBT+ folks and gender and sexuality related issues.
I use an integrative approach to psychology while relying heavily on schema therapy which looks at how maladaptive ideas or beliefs we have about the world and ourselves can affect our mental health. Schema therapy is based on Attachment theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and has Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic ideas. I also use aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for tools to use in situations where a person is dealing with very intense emotions.
I work to have a collaborative, and safe relationship with clients to be able to improve their quality of life and allow them to be their authentic selves. I believe in the wisdom of emotions, validating and understanding where these feelings may be coming from and working to lessen their negative effects on you.
Examples of some of the topics I work with include:
– Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
– Life Transitions
– Cultural differences
– Adaptation issues
– Gender and Sexuality Related Topics
– Self Worth & Boundary Setting