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About Miguel

About Miguel

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 21 years of clinical experience, offering individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to adults in both English and Spanish. I maintain a private practice in Ottawa, Ontario.

My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, isolation, burnout syndrome, low self-esteem, stress, challenging life transitions, communication and relationship problems. I also have extensive experience helping individuals with chronic illnesses to better cope with their health issues, and the emotional process related to the acceptance of the disease, medical treatments, and any other specific concern that may arise.

My psychotherapeutic approach and style are best described as integrative, collaborative, caring, and empathic. My expertise enables me to articulate techniques from different models or approaches to psychotherapy, such as Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), and Humanistic therapies to address your specific needs and concerns within a none-judgmental and holding environment.

I am passionate about working in therapy with each person by creating a strong relationship within a warm and safe environment to help them gain insights into their functioning and find new ways of seeing themselves. In this way, they will learn how to make better choices in their lives, and how to avoid repetitive problematic patterns, in order to minimize emotional suffering and achive their goals. With compassion and understanding, I also like to work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and discover their true self.


I hold a Master´s Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology (UCM, Spain), and a Licentiate Degree in Psychology (UCV, Venezuela).

I obtained the Canadian equivalency of both academic Degrees (WES Canada, 2012), and the U.S. equivalency of both Degrees as regionally accredited  (WES U.S., 2022).

I hold a Diploma in University Teaching within the Health Field, Faculty of Medicine (UCLA, Venezuela).

Certification, Registration & Professional Membership

I am a Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario.

I am a Full Member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a Member in good standing of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

I am a member (analyst in training) of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

I am a member of the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization.

Aditional Training

  • Training in Psychoanalysis Program. Analyst in training. 2022-2029. Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI).
  • Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis Certificate. 2020-2022. Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI).
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Training (SEP). 2019-2022. Somatic Experiencing Trauma Insitute.
  • Optimal Sexual Experiences Group Therapy Training (OSE). 32 Hours. 2019. Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz, Ph.D., C.Psych.
  • Advanced Course and Training in Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy (SIRP). 2017-present. Dr. Augustine Meier, Ph.D., C.Psych. Ongoing Professional Training.
  • Collaborative Practice Study Group. 2017-present. The Glebe Institute. Ongoing Professional Training.
  • The Therapeutic Use of Optimal Stress to Provoke Recovery. 15 Hours. 2017. Dr. Martha Stark, MD, Psychoanalyst.
  • T1 – 1001 Early Intervention Field Traumatologist. 28 Hours. 2017. Traumatology Institute. Dr. Anna B. Baranowsky.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST). 16 Hours. 2016. LivingWorks. Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT I ). 14 Hours. 2016. Tim Gordon, MSW, RSW.
  • Supervision Course and Training for Clinical Supervisors. 30 Hours. 2015. Dr. Augustine Meier, Ph. D. Clinical Psychologist.
  • Training in Object Relations Therapy and Self Psychology. 135 Hours. 2013-2014. Ottawa Institute for Object Relations Therapy.
  • Certification of Emotionally Focused Therapy Training (Externship in EFCT). 30 Hours. 2015. Sue Johnson, Ed.D., C. Psych. International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
  • Training in Gestalt Therapy. 380 Hours. 2005-2009. Venezuelan Institute of Gestalt.

Professional College & Associations


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