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Going International with Perinatal Psychology Specialist Paula Queiruga

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Paula is a licensed psychologist in Argentina, specializing in perinatal psychology. She’s presently residing in Virginia, and heading again to Buenos Aires in September. 

Spring Well being has given Paula a possibility to develop her attain by working with LATAM purchasers throughout the globe. Amy Cirbus, Head of Medical Content material at Spring Well being, related with Paula to speak about her love for the sphere, how she manages difficult conditions, and what working with purchasers in a number of international locations has taught her. 

Amy: What introduced you into the psychological well being discipline?

Paula: I’ve at all times been a superb listener. I’m captivated with studying how we are able to act and react, and the influence that random conditions can have in our lives. On high of that, I like making an influence in somebody’s life by guiding them and being a assist once they want it. 

Amy: Perinatal Psychology is such an fascinating specialization. How did you get into that space?

Paula: I began my profession in 2002, supporting members of the army and their households by offering testing and therapy companies. Then, I had a private life occasion happen that uncovered an enormous gap in being pregnant and postpartum assist. 

I didn’t need deployed girls and households to ever must really feel like they had been coping with being pregnant alone. So, I shifted my focus and have become a Perinatal Psychologist.

I’ve been working within the NICU and OB/GYN for eight years now, offering psychological well being assist for ladies by means of hospitalizations and experiences of grief, postpartum stress dysfunction, and despair. 

Amy: What do you discover most difficult concerning the work?

Paula: Each shopper and scenario will be difficult, however for positive I’d say that going into an working room to assist a girl giving beginning to a stillborn child or realizing that her child goes to die quickly is absolutely arduous.

However, when purchasers name me after just a few years to inform me they’re okay and say thanks, it’s an endorphin injection. 

Amy: It feels just like the phrase “difficult” doesn’t fairly describe it. How do you deal with your personal psychological well being?

Paula: I attend remedy recurrently and am energetic in numerous sports activities. I get pleasure from spending time with my household, holding in contact with buddies, and touring.

I additionally get excited concerning the work I’m in a position to do. I keep related with colleagues, I seek the advice of recurrently, and attempt to be as artistic as I can.  

Amy: You reside and work in several international locations and cultures. How has this influenced your work?

Paula: Residing for some time abroad and having the possibility to journey around the globe impressed me to not take something as a right. Each particular person has their very own story and their very own specific viewpoint. 

I’ve discovered and brought issues with me. I’ve developed respect and curiosity for cultures aside from my very own. It’s deepened my empathy and skill to grasp individuals by means of their very own lens, inside their very own tradition and private expertise. 

Amy: What are you trying ahead to in your profession?

In my expertise working in hospitals, I’ve seen that psychological well being just isn’t at all times prioritized. I need to make an influence and alter that. 

Our emotional well being must be valued equally to our bodily well being. I do know I’m on the best path. I’m going to proceed to be the perfect skilled I will be, finding out and dealing to develop applications for each pregnant lady. 

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Amy Cirbus

Amy Cirbus

Amy is a Counseling Psychologist with over 20 years of expertise in direct scientific care, organizational session, and telemental well being. She is captivated with offering equitable entry and elevating consciousness on the significance of investing in our psychological well being and wellbeing. For the previous 4 years, Amy has centered on supporting the evolution of telehealth— beforehand at Talkspace and presently because the Head of Medical Content material at Spring Well being. She is a contributor to nationwide podcasts and publications, most notably the New York Occasions, Wall Avenue journal, Forbes, Thrive International, and Enterprise Insider.

August 22, 2022

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