Life can be a journey full of excitement, joy, and love, but also laden with difficult and stressful situations. These life circumstances can range from a fight with an excellent friend; a challenging period at the workplace, or an agonizing loss to the death of someone we genuinely love. Above all, there are extremely stressful situations such as natural catastrophes, war conflict, or the extreme violence of different sorts.
I am a certified psychologist and psychotherapist committed to healing trauma and promoting post-traumatic growth of individuals, groups, and communities around the globe.
Our professional relationship will enhance yours/others' overall well-being through a set of trauma healing techniques and training on resilience skills. Either with individual therapy, group therapy, resilience training, or any kind of mental health program, we will reduce your distress and build the kind of life you ever dream of.
WE CAN ALL RISE FROM THE ASHES LIKE A PHOENIX AFTER A VERY PAINFUL SETBACK OF LIFE!
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My mission since I was a little child has been to protect the vulnerable, be it animals or persons. I always searched for a common place where both can coexist, develop, and live in peace.
My training in social psychology and humanistic psychotherapy has been my framework of knowledge to develop my professional skills in Africa. They fed my passion for biodiversity, conservation, and human well-being.
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community" (World Health Organization, 2020)
My vision of how we should promote mental health in vulnerable communities focuses on a well-being model of the world instead of looking at the world's disease model.
I feel that it is necessary to deal with individual and collective mental disorders and not neglect either. The individual or collective interventions have to balance the emotional healing of distresses and provide skills that will enhance a positive conception of the self and the world. Healing emotional wounds has to be accompanied by reinforcing a constructive vision of the future: Healing Mental Disorders & Building Resilience.
"IT IS MY CALL TO WORK WITH COMMITTED ORGANIZATIONS INSPIRED TO PROMOTE OVERALL
WELL-BEING IN SOCIETIES, RISING FROM ASHES LIKE THE PHOENIX"
After the global pandemic COVID19, most of us, feel as if our foundations have been shaken living in this uncertain world. For others, life keeps sending difficult circumstances and problems to solve that leave them helpless or drained. But I think that almost all of us feel that life is becoming more demanding. It is difficult to meet all payments at the end of the month, plus the amount of juggling we have to do to be a good partner, a good son/daughter, a good parent, a good neighbor, a good professional...and without even realizing it ....we live in chronic stress.
As a consequence, many of us are experiencing anxiety, fear, anger, worry, and sadness facing an uncertain future.
Added to this, it is more common to suffer from one to many traumatic events (accidents, assaults, surgeries, betrayals, catastrophes) including a neglected or abused childhood can difficult life today.
Most of the time we don't know what is happening to us, but we know we are not ok and we wish things to be different.
ONLINE therapy is bringing a great solution to all of us, as is just as effective as face-to-face therapy. I have been working this way for the past years with excellent results. Our chaotic lives don't allow us to lose time on displacements to the psychologist's clinic. It is easy to include it in your daily schedule.
“I am Lorena Aguirre Cadarso, I have been working for more than a decade in the promotion of mental health. One of my great discoveries was that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, on the contrary, it is what a resilient person does. After that first big step, the journey will begin, a unique process since you are a unique person. The success of the therapy will depend not only on the professionalism of the psychotherapist but also on your involvement in the process. Do not wait any longer, request psychological support to achieve the life you always wanted"
¿WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON ISSUES THAT WE SHALL SEE TOGETHER?
Stress-related symptomatology, trauma, and PTSD
Anxiety and chronic worrying
Depression and hopelessness
Shame/Guilt deep feelings
Expatriates returning home or based in complicated settings
Culture adaptation and Culture Shock
Victims of sexual violence
Big Life Transitions
Relationships conflicts (significant ones or work colleagues)
Career/Job (feeling failure, dissatisfaction, burn-out)
Grief and Loss
¿WHAT TO EXPECT IN AN ONLINE SESSION WITH ME?
A therapy process involves formal sessions of 60 minutes. They can be weekly, every 15 days, or monthly, depending on your needs. The length of the therapy will vary depending on your problem and your level of involvement in the process. Ideally, we speak of 6 to 12 sessions. The sessions occur at a regular, agreed time and in a safe (online) private place, where you and I cannot be overheard or interrupted.
We can use Google Meet, WhatsApp video, Teams, or any other platform in which you feel comfortable.
During the session, you will talk to me about your present difficult situation. There will be an intake of the presenting issues and concerns and develop a treatment plan adjusted to your personal needs.
Confidentiality: All psychotherapy is strictly confidential and kept in safe and secure storage. Information is shared only with a person's written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and include when a person poses a threat to his/her safety or the safety of someone else or when it is ordered.
¿WHICH APPROACH AND TECHNIQUES WE SHALL BE USING?
We will be using techniques from the Humanistic Psychology approach based on emotions with "Emotion-Focused Therapy" (EFT) and focus on building your resilience through evidence-based interventions from Positive Psychology.
"Together, we will be using different psychological techniques to see which one your body, mind, and spirit prefer"
I can suggest that we perform body techniques for stress liberation, such as "Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises" (TRE) or your bodily felt sense with focusing or bioenergetics.
If the situation requires and you are ready, we can walk through traumatic or difficult situations with "Eye Movement Integration" (EMI), "Somatic Experiencing" (SE), or applying the "Emotion-focused Therapy" (EFT) approach to trauma. We can also manage your negative emotions through the "Emotional Freedom Technique" (EFT).
I believe that releasing your difficulties is as important as promoting your resilience as a protective factor. When building your resilience we will:
Improve your self-awareness to understand yourself better. How do you feel, think, and behave when activating events occur.
Learn self-regulation, regulate impulses, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, acquire skills to stop counterproductive thinking, and manage your energy.
Promote optimism, to identify what is controllable, and maintain hope in difficult situations and significant life changes;
Increase self-efficacy, successfully solving problems and setting goals;
Identify your character strengths and use them to overcome stress, and challenges and meet goals;
Nurture personal relationships through effective communication and empathy.
Many of the techniques that we will be using are cognitive-behavioral, coming from Aron Beck and Albert Ellis' work.
We can overcome our challenging personal situations through psychotherapy, rising from the ashes like the phoenix, having a purposeful life, and accomplishing our dreams. A life worth living‼!
THE FIRST ONLINE SESSION
I do two different types of sessions, including psychotherapy and biofeedback-psychotherapy sessions. You can check the prices here on this page too.
You can book online at this website, or you can write to me at "CONTACT ME" to make an online appointment. I will answer you in a maximum of two days.
Remember to pay in advance for the session so neither you nor I won´t forget. Payment is very easy and can be done through this website.
COOPERA CONGO & MUTIMA AFRICA
I have worked as an expatriate for many years accompanying the local NGO COOPERA CONGO (COCO) and together we embarked on the creation of the Mutima Psychosocial Center. Nowadays, COCO manages the center as MUTIMA AFRICA.
Today I work on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Lwiro with the COCO projects as a technical consultant, especially managing the activities of MUTIMA. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I have my online clinic from which I do psychotherapy with people from all over the world and on Fridays, I do face-to-face sessions with Congolese workers hired by local organizations that are first respondents in different regions.
WHY WAS THE MUTIMA PSYCHOSOCIAL CENTER BORN?
After so many years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I have worked with child soldiers, minor victims of sexual violence, women victims of domestic violence and gender violence, men devastated for not having been able to save their families during attacks by armed men, for having been kidnapped, people who have lost their limbs due to machete or bullet wounds ... all the consequences of the continuous outbreaks of violence, extreme poverty and traumas of the past. The aftermath of war leaves deep and silent suffering. But there is a beauty that emerges from the darkness, his people. The character of the warm and smiling Congolese people, who dance to the sound of their own voice and who shout peace with hope and pride. And all this, represented for me in a woman, in "MAMA". She taught me that if you have the right support, your life can shine again. Chimpanzees taught me that safety and love are the beginning of recovery.
"For all the people in my life, for all the animals in my life and for "MAMA", my commitment is to create that places like the MUTIMA Psychosocial Center, where people who suffer in silence, can find a refuge, with professionals dedicated to accompanying your healing journey and finally, rise from the ashes like the phoenix! "
People must have access to good mental health care. Psychological support helps people overcome the continuous trauma they have experienced and provides them with self-application tools to reach their full potential as human beings, at all levels, mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual.
Thanks to the COOPERA EUSKADI and the support of the Basque Government, which believed in the vision and mission of the COOPERA CONGO team, led by Lorena Aguirre Cadarso, it was possible to build the first MUTIMA Psychosocial Center in the South Kivu Province. The Mutima Psychosocial Center is a service of the Pediatric Hospital of Lwiro, managed by the prestigious Center for Research in Natural Sciences (CRSN / Lwiro).
The MUTIMA Psychosocial Center has erected its first building as an annex to the Lwiro Pediatric Center 37 km from Bukavu, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, which belongs to the MITI Murhesa health zone. Lwiro Hospital belongs to the "NATURAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER" (CRSN) and is managed by the Nutrition Department.
The mission of the MUTIMA Psychosocial Center is to collaborate with the Congolese people, creating mental health services in primary care in areas with the highest rate of violence, with access to all (children, youth, adults, and the elderly); training empathetic professionals committed to facilitating modern and effective treatments; focusing on research on mental health so that it can guide humanitarian aid in the country and sensitizing communities so that they recognize the symptoms of discomfort in themselves and in others, do not fear them and know where to turn, because trauma can be overcome and subsequently build resilience to face new crises.
SERVICES OF THE MUTIMA PSYCHOSOCIAL CENTER
MUTIMA provides different services for the community:
Community Awareness Unit
Crisis Intervention Unit and Branches
The network of partners will enhance the success of the programs. The MUTIMA Psychosocial Center's resilience will be developed through connections with other centers, funders, collaborators, health professionals, policymakers, volunteers, and community members.
If you are a stakeholder willing to partner with the project development and implementation, which may include: central or local government agencies, UN and other international agencies, international and local NGOs, civil society organizations (CSOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs),
please contact us HERE.
If you are a health or research professional interested in collaborating with the project, please contact us HERE.