Manuela Despian, LMFT, PsyD. Candidate
Hello, my name is Manuela. I have completed a dual master’s degree at Carlos Albizu University for Marriage & Family Therapy (which I completed my training for the licensure in Marriage & Family therapy with Dr. Coral Arvon), as well as School Guidance & Counseling. Currently, I am completing my PsyD., Doctoral degree. Also, I believe my experiences as a Miami-Dade County school guidance counselor helped mold me into a clinician that can balance the intertwining aspects of psychological, emotional, social, developmental, and academic goals of clients.
In my training at various establishments (Goodman Psychological Services Center, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Dr. Coral Arvon & Associates, Design Neuroscience Center) I have been introduced to a variety of cases that deal with dual diagnoses in conjunction with relational and personality issues.
Throughout my clinical experiences, it was the allure of working with families that has always piqued my interest. It is through a continuous collaborative process and the lens of the family systems theory that I conduct therapy, alleviate symptoms, and improve individual’s quality of life. My goal is to empower others to break through their inner restraints.
I have learned to use clinical psychology not only to understand the actions of others, but also to improve individual functioning and mental health.
When working with children, the influence of the family is customarily evident. However, its influence is also witnessed in adults in how they connect and interact in their current relationships.