At the age of seventeen I finished high school and went to the University of Texas at Austin to study English as a second language. At the same time, I participated in a workshop in Montessori education given by someone who had studied at the Montessori Institute in Milan, Italy. When I took that course, I learned that Cato Hanrath, a former director of the International Montessori Association at its Amsterdam headquarters and a former student of Maria Montessori, was going to come to Mexico City to teach about the Montessori method and open an institute with European and American-trained teachers.
As far back as I can remember, I have admired my teachers and have loved to study and practice what I have learned. I first studied to become a teacher in the House of Children, a school for children ages 3 to 6. Later, I studied to become a teacher for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 as well as to be a parenting coach. Once I had qualified for these positions, I needed to practice to understand the emotional and intellectual development of infants and toddlers. So I opened a nursery for children from 3 months to 3 years of age and coached many parents on how to improve their relationships with their children. I coached the parents on how to help their children build better sibling relationships. I taught the parents how to manage envy, jealousy and competition between their children. I assisted parents with how to toilet-train their children. I advised parents on how to design spaces in their houses that would promote their children’s development. That is when I started to work with interior design.
After six years in practice, I returned to the university to obtain my bachelor of psychology in order to fill the gaps in my knowledge. At the same time, I worked at the Community Development Center of my university with low-income mothers as well as with couples in private practice. I designed a handbook to help them improve their communication with their partners and their children. I wrote another version of this handbook which I used to help corporations solve communication problems in the workplace.
Later, I was asked by Dr. Kathia Maria Costa who had just arrived from the University of Paris, to be her teaching assistant for her vocational guidance class. That experience led me to start my own practice as a career counselor. Eventually, I wrote two books on vocational orientation and gave lectures on the topic throughout Mexico and Latin America. I held workshops with teachers to help them with vocational counseling for their students. I am a writer of five books and I have started to write two about relationships.
Meanwhile, I also pursued graduate study in psychoanalysis, eventually obtaining my PhD. I pursued and completed psychoanalytic training and became a graduate analyst and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association as well as the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.
After working with mothers and children for 40 years, as a vocational counselor for 30, and as a psychoanalyst for 20, I moved to San Francisco to start a new project of coaching couples, mothers and children, families, and individuals who are looking to have better relationships with their loved ones. I also am using my skills as a psychoanalyst and Montessori teacher with a strong sense of interior design to help people create home environments that promote wellness.