Spain

A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in Spain interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Barcelona

Peter Zelaskowski, UKCP registered psychotherapist
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Phone: (0034) 628 915 040
Email: peterzelaskowski@gmail.com
Website: www.groupworks.info
Nationality: British
Languages Spoken: English / Spanish
Religious Affiliation: I am not religious (after a Catholic childhood) but I always seek to value and understand the part played by faith, no matter what religion, in forming people’s identity.
Clinical Specialties: I am a group analytic and psychodynamic psychotherapist with over 20 years experience. I was trained in London University and Barts Hospital in the City of London. My approach sees relationships as the heart and soul of human experience and generally as the thing that needs attending to in therapy. My work is fundamentally centered, whether you work with me individually or in a group, on opening up communication in the many and varied relationships that go to make up our lives. I will engage you in an open, honest, self-reflective and supportive therapeutic relationship geared towards helping you feel more active, assertive and present in your world.
Cross-Cultural Experience: In Barcelona I have worked with people from over 35 different nationalities. Additionally, as a lecturer in the field of the creative arts therapies in Barcelona I have worked with hundreds of students from all over the world. My background is culturally and linguistically mixed, something I truly value in myself and which I believe helps me in my work.

Madrid

Vickie Andrews, MS, Master in Clinical and Health Psychology
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 700 1979
Email: vandrews@sinews.es
Website: www.sinews.es
Nationality:
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Vickie Andrews has international training and experience in clinical psychology using a cognitive-behavioral focus in individual, group and couple’s therapy. Her clinical experience covers a wide variety of pathologies, from eating disorders to anxiety and mood disorders. Her main areas of interest include the difficulties of cultural adaptation, couple’s therapy and help with relationships or intimacy issues, psychological problems facing women, and working with young adults at the university age. At present, she combines her private practice at Sinews with her job as a therapist to the student body at Saint Louis University.
Cross-Cultural Experience:

Lidia Budziszewska, Psychologist
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 700 1979
Email: lidiab@sinews.es
Website: www.sinews.es
Nationality: Polish
Languages Spoken: English, Polish and Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: During her specialization in clinical psychology, she became interested in addictions (chemical and non-chemical), and carried out an intership in a treatment center. Subsequently she expanded her training with a Masters Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid in “Women and Health” where she studied the complexity of relationships, female sexuality and the difficulties inherent in the various stages of a woman’s life (psychological effects of fertility treatments, menopause, empty nest syndrome, etc.). She is studying another Masters degree in “contextual therapy” in the ACT Institute of Madrid. She currently combines her private practice in Sinews with her work as a psychologist in an association that provides support to immigrants.
Cross-Cultural Experience:

Itxaso Cembrero, MS, Master in Health and Clinical Psychology
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 700 19 79
Email: icembrero@sinews.es
Website: www.sinews.es
Nationality: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: As a therapist, Itxaso always knew that she wanted to work with children and adolescents.  After a two year internship during her Master in Clinical Psychology from the Universidad Pontifica de Madrid and despite her young age, she was selected amongst her classmates to become part of the professional team at the Unidad de Intervención Psicosocial (UNINPSI). She completed her clinical training with two years of experience assisting patients with Eating Disorders in the Sanatorio Dr. Esquerdo, in Madrid. Itxaso has experience and training in areas ranging from enuresis (difficulty controlling urine), childhood anxiety, or the evaluation and diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, in English as well as in Spanish.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Throughout her childhood, Itxaso has experienced several international moves (Germany, Switzerland, and France).  She knows first-hand what it is like to adapt to a new culture, international school (British School of Paris, International School of Zug…) new friends, and the academic and personal efforts that  both children and parents have to make.

Lisa de Clar, Specialized in Couples therapy, qualified Integrative psychotherapist 
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: 0034 626 435 242
Email: lisasdc@yahoo.com
Website: www.lisasdc.wix.com/psychotherapy
Nationality: Irish
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Couples therapy using a short term practical approach, helping couples change negative dynamics, and learn new ways of communicating and re-connecting. In individual therapy I bring an integrative set of tools, allowing the needs of the client to guide the approach.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I began my psychotherapy practice in Dublin, later living and working in Italy for 10 years. I am currently practicing as a Therapist in Madrid.

Rocío Fernández Cosme, MS, Master in Family and Couples Therapy and a Specialist in Clinical and Psychanalytic Psychotherapy
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 700 19 79
Email: rfernandez@sinews.es
Website: www.sinews.es
Nationality: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Rocio’s professional experince began in the Dominican Republic where she worked at the Rober Reid Cabral children’s hospital. There, she worked with children under 5 years of age and focused on the diagnosis and use of game therapy as an instrument to improve the quality of attachment that occurs between children and their parents. In Spain she worked during her internship for her Master in two Mental Health Centers with families to improve communication and manage clinical problems. Later, she worked in a private center in Madrid helping little ones through group therapy to identify, understand, and manage their feelings and to train their social skills through group games. Her areas of special interest are problems in bonding, family therapy, and autism. Her previous experience as a teacher of English as a foreign language adds a special sense of understanding in regards to the educational needs of bilingual children.
Cross-Cultural Experience:

Gabriel Fibla, MS, Psychologist
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 700 1979
Email: gfibla@sinews.es
Website: www.sinews.es
Nationality:
Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew and Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Adult, adolescent and couples therapist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Gabriel has extensive experience covering a wide range of pathologies, including anxiety disorders (phobias, generalized anxiety, panic attacks…), mood disorders (depression, grief…), couples therapy and conflicts associated with adolescence.
Cross-Cultural Experience: After completing 14 years of bilingual schooling at the Lycée Français de Madrid, Gabriel studied English Literature in Israel where he lived for six years. Once he finished his first degree there, he began his studies in psychology completing his degree at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He then continued his training by doing two Masters degrees aimed at developing his psychotherapeutic techniques and acquiring knowledge in the field of legal psychology.  Since then, his professional career has focused on private practice. His experience of living abroad, together with his bicultural marriage and his bilingual family make him particularly sensitive to the problems encountered by those persons not living in their country of origin or those that form part of a mixed couple.

Nereida Gómez, MS, Master in Clinical, Legal and Forensic Psychology, Graphologist
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: + 34 659 50 26 88
Email: n.gomez@iridio-sl.com
Website:
Nationality: Spanish
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, Humanistic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Graphotherapy for adults, adolescents and couples. I cover a wide range of pathologies, including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, addictions, self-esteem, phobias, obssessive-compulsive disorders, relationships, marriage and family counceling, etcetera.
Cross-Cultural Experience: My name is Nereida Gómez. I studied at the American School of Madrid for 12 years and at the American School of Paris during one year. After graduating in 1990, I went to the U.K., where I lived for seven years and studied first a degree in Psychology of Human Communications and later completed the degree in Psychology. Back in Madrid, I decided to continue studying a Master in Clinical, Legal and Forensic Psychology and a course in Rational and Psychographologic Graphology. I also learned hypnosis techniques aimed at therapy. Having lived in different countries, always surrounded by people belonging to different cultures, I fully understand the struggles “moving” people may encounter concerning adaptation and sense of belonging, as well as the emotional stress behind it. As a private therapist, my approach is always focused on positive cognition and complete empathy and support toward my patients.

Dr. Isobel Horn, Clinical Psychologist, M.A. Oxon, D.Clin.Psych., C. Psychol.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 646 857 484
Email: info@isobelhorn.com
Website: www.isobelhorn.com
Nationality: British
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Religious Affiliation: All-inclusive
Clinical Specialties: Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Enhanced Approaches; Specialist Eating Disorders; Depression, Anxiety and Panic symptoms; Relationship problems; Work stress; Life transitions. Isobel is a Clinical Psychologist with 16 years’ experience in general Adult Mental Health and highly specialist experience and training in Eating Disorders. She has assessed and treated more than 500 clients with depression and anxiety and over 250 clients with eating disorders/problems. From the outset, Isobel will work directly on the symptoms or life situation you want to target and change. Within a couple of sessions she will clarify other important aspects so you can achieve lasting improvement. These could include: Improving low self-esteem, Addressing isolation, Working with perfectionism, Standing up to your inner-critic, Expressing anger safely, Increasing your tolerance of negative emotions and Empowering yourself in relationships.  Isobel works carefully with your barriers to change. An early task in therapy is to understand what is going on at a subtle level which is maintaining the problem. Once we know that, we know exactly the work we need to do.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Isobel’s education, training and places she has lived have resulted in a unique approach to working with people. She studied psychology at Oxford University and at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.  She has lived in five different countries and has worked with people from diverse national, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Christopher Neill Bsc psychology (member of the British psychological asoc No.272885) Master in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: 0034 600636785
Email: chrisneill@counsellingtherapistmadrid.com
Website: www.counsellingtherapistmadrid.com
Nationality: British
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties:
Cross-Cultural Experience: My name is Chris Neill and have a BSc in Psychology and am a member of the British Psychological Society. I am British, but have lived in Madrid Spain for over 18 years where I work as a Psychologist in substance abuse and addiction services within the Public Health Network and in Prisons. I have a full understanding of Spanish culture and can help you and your family adjust to a new life in Spain. Other things I can help with include: Substance Abuse and Addiction, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Phobias, Relationship difficulties

Orlanda Varela González, M.D. Ph.D., Psychiatrist
Location: Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 700 1979
Email: ovarela@sinews.es
Website: www.sinews.es
Nationality: Spain
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Orlanda Varela practices general psychiatry and has training in a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. She has experience treating adults, adolescents and children.  Her areas of expertise range from alcohol-related problems (Certificate of specialization from the Autonoma University of Madrid) to Anxiety and Mood  disorders (Certificate from the Universities of  Maastricht, Tel Aviv, Bristol and Florence), as well as Dementia (degree from the University of Amsterdam), Epilepsy and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder in children. The focus of her professional experience has been private practice. However, she also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist to Saint Louis University Madrid Campus and to the prison system where her primary responsibilities include the evaluation and prevention of suicide risk. Dr. Varela also collaborates professionally with the Ministry of Justice as a psychiatric expert.
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Marbella

Drs Suzy Quix MSc., Licensed Psychotherapist & Certified Couples and Family Therapist
Location: Marbella, Spain
Phone: +34 646051435
Email: reencounterconsult@gmail.com
Website: www.re-encounter.es, www.couplesretreatmarbella.com
Nationality: Dutch
Languages Spoken: English, Dutch
Religious Affiliation: not specific
Clinical Specialties: Couples Counselling, Couples Therapy, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor (www.ICEEFT.com)
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have fifteen plus years experience in treating couples with a wide range of problems, with different sexual orientations and from various cultures. I teach and assist various Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) training courses in Europe as well as in the United States.

Countrywide

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: Spain (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values