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Clinical and Health Psychology

Clinical and Health Psychology is a subdomain of Psychology that first appeared in 1907, with the psychologist Lightner Witmer. Through the application of techniques and therapeutic approaches, the psychologist performs a diagnosis to identify the problem and its subsequent intervention, in the field of mental health. This intervention goes beyond pathologies, as it focuses on the emotional, behavioral and cognitive consequences that each disease can cause.

As its name indicates, this area of ​​Psychology requires the implementation of a specific method, which is the clinical method, where the work of the health professional, the psychologist, is privileged, to the detriment of only therapeutic processes and techniques. This clinical method, which will diagnose the origin of a mental illness/disorder and intervene in it towards its resolution, uses the “clinical interview” as an instrument, together with techniques of psychometry, psychoanalysis and direct observation. Throughout the sessions, the clinical history of the patient is carried out, from multiple aspects, in order to be able to observe the evolution in his treatment.

At our clinic, we believe that mental and physical health are closely linked and that's why we offer an integrated treatment that takes into account your well-being as a whole. Our professionals specializing in clinical and health psychology work together to provide personalized and effective care, helping you overcome emotional challenges, improve your physical health and achieve a more balanced life.

Intervention areas:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adaptation or learning difficulties
  • Changes in behavior and affectivity
  • Sleep disorders and personality
  • Traumatic life events
  • Problems related to family dynamics
  • Crisis situations


Anxiety is a natural reaction that people feel throughout their lives, at different times, which, in most cases, is based on fear. It does not choose gender, socioeconomic level or age. In the face of obstacles, the body and the brain create fight, escape or blocking mechanisms. Anxiety becomes a disorder when it is so intense and frequent that it is limiting and interferes with the person and their routine, which is why it is so important to seek professional help.

After the clinical diagnosis by the Psychiatrist, the Psychologist will be a strong ally in this recovery process. These two specialties must go hand in hand in the patient's life.

Psychology is endowed with several clinical approaches to anxiety disorders. In a first approach, the patient is presented with how anxiety works with the aim of recognizing that their sensations are due to this disorder and, thus, being able to regulate emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Subsequently, realizing what the causes (if any) of this anxiety are is the motto for the patient to acquire the tools and techniques that help him deal with it, such as relaxation, meditation, emotional self-regulation.

Our clinic offers an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for anxiety, with a personalized approach and emotional support. We can help you achieve better mental health and quality of life.


Depression is a serious and very common psychiatric illness associated with a state of intense suffering. Like anxiety, depression also affects people's physical and psychological well-being, namely at work, in their personal lives and in their daily lives in general.

It manifests itself in different intensities in people. In the most serious situations, the symptoms of depression appear without any explanation or relation to events in the patient's life and can last for months or years. In milder situations, the symptoms are also and, therefore, allow the patient to manage his normal life. However, feelings of sadness, tiredness, social isolation, lack of energy, and disinterest are present in everyday life and often for years. Depression can also manifest itself with other sensations, other than sadness, such as body aches, a feeling of compression in the chest, insomnia, changes in the digestive system.

Intervening as early as possible in depression is essential for the patient's recovery to be more effective and faster. Treatment involves antidepressant medication properly selected according to each patient and psychotherapy.

If you are going through this situation or if you have someone close to you who is going through it, know that you are not alone and that there is help available. Do not give up. Seek help from a mental health professional to begin your journey towards recovery.

Adaptation or learning difficulties

Adaptation difficulties are related to the difficulty that people experience in feeling good, integrated, welcomed and having a relationship with others, in a given context. It often happens when children change schools or when adults change jobs.

Learning disabilities are learning problems that interfere with school performance. They occur at the level of information processing with consequences on the ability to speak, read, listen, write, reason, calculate, organize information.

Learning difficulties can be diagnosed through data gathered from parents, teachers, doctors, psychologists, therapists and the patient himself. Its approach is diverse and should involve the family, the school and the professionals involved in the patient's recovery.

The psychologist is important to help identify the causes of adaptation and learning difficulties and to develop strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Changes in behavior and affectivity

Affectivity is a word used to encompass the different modalities of affective experiences, such as mood, emotions and feelings. This psychological state has a great influence on people's behavior, learning and cognitive development.

Behavioral changes are manifested when the patient does not behave appropriately for a given situation, in a given context caused by physical or mental pathologies.

Psychology also helps in this field of mental health, offering support and treatment, helping you to understand your emotions and behaviors, developing strategies to deal with your difficulties, improving your quality of life.

Traumatic life events

Life is made of moments that cause us many sensations that we have to deal with. Traumatic situations are extremely stressful and jeopardize our safety and our physical and psychological well-being. Its consequences can occur in the short, medium or long term and last for days, months or years.

When these situations occur and there is no improvement in the person's well-being, there is even difficulty in maintaining the routine, there is anxiety, fear, it is important to seek the help of a psychologist who will help you to acquire a set of strategies to deal with the what you're feeling.

Seeking the help of a mental health professional can be a valuable way to find support and guidance in overcoming the emotional challenges arising from traumatic events, allowing you to move towards a fuller and healthier life.

Problems related to family dynamics

The family is a dynamic system in which any change within it (unemployment, divorce, death, illness) will have consequences for the remaining elements and the way they deal with each other.

The elements that form a family are individual beings who have their own problems and desires. Sometimes, the feelings that these situations provoke in them are transferable to the family, causing situations of tension and conflict, which may have nothing to do with the problem itself, but with the fact that we are not predisposed to dialogue and everything irritates us.

When there are problems that a family is going through, the intervention of a psychologist with it helps to return to the dynamics that once existed. Within the scope of these psychology consultations, various strategies are worked on, such as: working on communication; anticipate stressful moments in order to know how to react; identify our feelings and those of our peers; make dynamics that everyone appreciates; work on active listening; be empathetic; be affectionate.

A psychologist helps to deal with these conflicts by providing emotional support and helping to build healthy relationships within the family.

Crisis situations

There are stressful events that can lead to crises, sometimes the person manages to overcome them and at other times they have to turn to a health professional, the psychologist. Thus, a crisis situation occurs when there is an emotional imbalance between the meaning that is attributed to a certain feeling and the inadequate strategies to deal with the situation in question, that is, an obstacle arises for which the person has no solution. creates inability to deal with it.

Intervention in crisis situations should be done by a psychologist. In therapy sessions, the objective is to dedicate oneself to the problem to be overcome and its immediate solution with a view to the person's recovery and control of their life.

Do not hesitate to seek help from a psychologist when you are facing crisis situations. Talking to a professional can help alleviate emotional distress and help develop effective strategies for dealing with and overcoming the crisis.

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