Magdalena Garcia

Integrative Psychotherapist
BSc, PGDip, MSc (Dist), MBACP (accred)

I am a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist from Chile. I work from an integrative perspective, as I believe we should adapt to our patients’ and clients’ needs. I work from a compassionate stance and an understanding beyond symptoms, prioritising the therapeutic relationship.

I have been a psychotherapist for 10 years, supporting children, young adults and their families at a mental health centre and then at my private practice. I have experience working with patients from a systemic-narrative approach, helping clients construct alternative stories and beliefs about their experiences, thoughts, feelings and beliefs. I have also worked from a psychodynamic approach using projective tests as psychodiagnostic tools and attachment-based therapy.

I have continued furthering my studies and professional development over the years. I got a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Diploma and then trained with the Theraplay Institute. I then came to the UK to get an MSc in Affective Disorders at King’s College London, specialising in depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders. I also completed training to become a Mentalisation-Based Treatment psychotherapist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. I also have knowledge of CBT and Transactional Analysis.

As a psychotherapist, I have experience working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and concerns, such as eating disorders, affective disorders, depression, self-harming, bereavement, self-esteem, anxiety, interpersonal relationships and attachment, behavioural problems and trauma.

In this role, I can offer support and a safe space to express their thoughts and feelings, free of judgement. By talking or using drawings, games, and sand tray therapy during our sessions, I will help build a trusting and therapeutic relationship together so that they can feel safe to understand themselves better and embark on positive change.