Hello, I'm Darío García

La Palma Psicologia dario

My name is Darío, with a solid background in Psychology from the University of La Laguna, and I am registered under number T-03816. At La Palma Psicología, I am dedicated to weaving new opportunities for mental well-being, offering a sanctuary for individual and collective transformation. I approach each story with reverence, promising you empathetic support on a journey of rediscovery and narrative empowerment.

A decade in psychological practice, reinforced by a Master’s in Narrative Therapy and Community Work from the University of Extremadura, has sharpened my focus on restoring individual stories and community connection. My experience in the UK, ranging from home-based therapy to the management of specialized centers, has enriched my understanding that every mind harbors unexplored worlds. Back in La Palma, I have realized the dream of opening a center where narrative techniques are applied to facilitate healing and growth.

In my practice, I offer a spectrum of psychological services that synchronize with the pulse of human needs, including family therapy, couples therapy, individual therapy, and support for grief, trauma, addictions, and complex illnesses. My specialty lies in social clinical work and crisis response, offering a safe harbor in the storm of mental health, emergencies, discrimination, and challenges of functional diversity.

My methodology is inspired by the transformative legacy of Michael White and David Epston. Each session is a sacred place to unravel the narratives that constrict and together forge stories that free and expand self-perception. This therapeutic process demonstrates that each being is a narrative in constant evolution, with infinite possibilities for reinvention.

Through collaborative dialogue, we explore the strength of the problem in your life and the tactics it uses to influence it, and then we reconstruct an alternative narrative that offers broader and more constructive interpretations of your being and past experiences.

I have guided countless individuals in their transformation, collaborating with organizations from various fields. My skills include a range of specialized interventions, from personalized care to positive behavioral management and support for autism and intellectual disabilities.

With a firm commitment to the diversity of life experiences, I provide flexible and accessible psychological care, in-person, home-based, and online. I continue my community commitment with the Fuencaliente City Council, weaving a stronger and more resilient support network.

Welcome to La Palma Psicología, a place where every story is treasured and celebrated. Here, together, we will navigate the depths of your being, guided by narrative practices, toward a future of mental health and meaning.

Professional Experience

Throughout my more than 10 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of accompanying various individuals, groups, and families on their journey of personal change. In this regard, my professional practice has developed between the United Kingdom and Spain, where I have worked in various NGOs, public and private companies.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Person-Centered Approach
  • Primary Mental Health Care
  • Positive Behavioral Support
  • Autism and Intellectual Disability
  • Self-esteem and Personal Change
  • Social Consulting
  • Coaching
  • Project Management and Leadership
  • Program Evaluation
  • Train the Trainer
  • Addiction Intervention
  • Affective-Sexual Intervention
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Brief Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Affirmative Therapy for LGBTIQ individuals
  • Narrative Therapy

Since May 2021 — Currently. Autonomous Psychologist at La Palma Psicología, La Polvacera. Home-based, face to face, and online psychological care.

Since March 2021 — Currently. Psychologist in the Children and Family Team at the Fuencaliente City Council (half-time), La Palma. Psychological care for minors, families, and the elderly. Preparation of psychosocial reports and community prevention projects. Management of grants and financial justifications.

July 2021 — March 2021. Psychologist at the Tazacorte City Council, La Palma. Community intervention in drug addiction, gender violence, grief, mental health problems, chronic diseases, and behavioral problems.

March 2021 — July 2021. Psychologist at the Excmo. Cabildo Insular de La Palma, Santa Cruz de La Palma. Individual and group psychological care for women survivors of gender violence, report writing, conducting paired interviews, tertiary prevention.

July 2020 — March 2021. Director of a Residence for People with Functional Diversity at The Gables, Dorset, United Kingdom. Responsible for the operational and organizational management of the residence for people with functional and intellectual diversity, managing 15 employees and serving 8 service users.

June 2018 — July 2020. Director of Social and Community Projects at Centre 404, London, United Kingdom. Responsible for the operational and organizational management of 2 residences for people with functional and intellectual diversity, managing 30 employees and serving 12 service users.

November 2017 — June 2018. Assistant Psychologist at Community Housing and Therapy, London, United Kingdom. Facilitating therapeutic groups and individual sessions with people with mental health issues. Administrative tasks, report writing. Acting as the duty manager when they are not working.

May 2015 — November 2017. Assistant Behavioral Therapist at Dimensions, London, United Kingdom. Home-based intervention with individuals with autism following the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavioral Support.

April 2014 — April 2015. Caregiver at CareTech, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Coordinating and monitoring the well-being of residents. Development and review of individualized plans.

Education

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of La Laguna. July 2007 — July 2012
  •  Master’s in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, University of Extremadura. June 2021 — September 2022
  •  Master’s in Social and Community Intervention, University of La Laguna. July 2012 — July 2013
  •  Expert in Crisis Intervention, Emergencies, and Disasters, European Institute of Training and Consulting. February 2012 — June 2021
  •  Master’s in Gender Violence, European Institute of Training and Consulting. November 2011 — November 2012
  •  Expert in the prevention of psychosocial risks in work and organizations, CODEX. February 2011 — September 2011
  •  Expert in forensic psychology, Aaron Beck Psychology Center. August 2010 — January 2011
  •  Specialization in Forensic Psychological Assessment, conducted in-person between September 29, 2011, and March 31, 2012, by ANRIMAC, 145 hours.

Additional Training

  •  Workshop “Weaving the Somatic, Emotions, and Stories”, conducted by Ian Percy at the 1st Iberian Congress of Narrative Therapy in Portugal. September 2023.
  •  Level 3 Award in Education & Training, RQF, Ofqual and Training Qualifications UK. January 2021.
  •  Care for Adults with Late-diagnosed Phenylketonuria. The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, United Kingdom. September 2019.
  •  Sexual Relationships and Education for People with Disabilities. Lightley Consulting. July 2019.
  •  Project Fundamentals Qualifications, (PFQ), Association for Project Management (APM). December 2018.
  •  Active Support. ARC England. December 2018.
  •  End-of-Life Planning. Gentle Dusk, United Kingdom. November 2018.
  •  Creation and Use of Visual Resources for Communication. Camden Learning Disability Service and Islington Learning Disability Partnership. October 2018.
  •  Dysphagia. Camden Learning Disability Service and Islington Learning Disability Partnership. October 2018.
  •  Intensive Interaction and Multisensory Interaction. Camden Learning Disability Service and Islington Learning Disability Partnership. September 2018.
  •  Special Educational Needs (SEN) – Advanced Level 4. ABC Awards and Online Academies. September 2015.
  •  Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention in People with Disabilities. Anti-Bullying Alliance. August 2015.
  •  Relaxation Techniques. Training Without Barriers. February 2013.
  •  High Abilities in School Contexts. RECREAS. September 2010.
  •  High Abilities and Their Family Environment. RECREAS. September 2010.
  •  Overview of Intelligence and High Abilities. RECREAS. September 2010.
  •  Brief Psychotherapy and Counseling. CAMPUS DIGITAL. July 2010.
  •  Primary Care in Mental Health, Carpe Diem training center accredited by ESSSCAN. April 2010.
  •  Intervention in Affective Sexual Matters, University of La Laguna. March 2010.

Volunteering

  •  Psychologist at the Youth Cooperation Association “San Miguel”. October 2012 – May 2013: “Evaluation of the Criteria for Therapeutic Discharge in Mental Health Professionals” Project.
  •  Psychologist at YEMAYA Educational Centre. October 2011 – June 2012: Intervention with minors with developmental difficulties, workshops for parents and children with disorders, intervention in the psychosocial area, attention to psychosocial difficulties, family case studies (Children-Adults).
  •  Collaborator at the Association of Relatives of Prisoners and Friends of Tenerife (AFAPRETE). January 2009 – January 2010.
  •  Collaborator at the High Ability Research Group (PIPAC), University of La Laguna. January 2008 – January 2009.

Conference Communications

  •  García Rodríguez, D. (2023, September 28). Invitations to Change with Men who Commit Violence Against Women: Main Discoveries. [Conference Session]. 1st Iberian Congress of Narrative Therapy and 9th AETEN Meeting, Porto, Portugal.
  •  García Rodríguez, D. (2023, September 28). Life as a Puzzle: Expanding the Alternative Stories to the Dominant Problem. [Conference Session]. 1st Iberian Congress of Narrative Therapy and 9th AETEN Meeting, Porto, Portugal.
  •  García Rodríguez, D. (2023, September 29). Are Meta-Analyses on Heterosexual Men Exercising Violence Against Their Partners Reliable? A Critical Reading from Narrative Practices. [Conference Session]. 1st Iberian Congress of Narrative Therapy and 9th AETEN Meeting, Porto, Portugal.

Publications

  •  Martínez Torvisco, J., & García Rodríguez, D. (2017). New Perspectives in Internet Addiction: an Exploratory Study, Studi di sociologia, 217-230.
  •  Gaos Meizoso, M.T., & García Rodríguez, D. (2013, June). Gender Differences in Internet Addiction. Communication presented at the 6th International and 11th National Congress of Clinical Psychology, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  •  Gaos Meizoso, M.T., & García Rodríguez, D. (2013, June). An Instrument for the Assessment of Internet Addiction. Communication presented at the 6th International and 11th National Congress of Clinical Psychology, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  •  García Rodríguez, D., & Sánchez Rodríguez, L. (2013, May). An Instrument for the Evaluation of Cyberbullying. Communication presented at the 2nd International Congress: Prevention and Treatment of Violence, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  García Rodríguez, D., & Sánchez Rodríguez, L. (2013, May). Identification of Factors Associated with Cyberbullying. Communication presented at the 2nd International Congress: Prevention and Treatment of Violence, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  García Rodríguez, D., & Sánchez Rodríguez, L. (2013, May). Differential Characteristics in Victims of Cyberbullying. Communication presented at the 2nd International Congress: Prevention and Treatment of Violence, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  García Rodríguez, D. (2013). Pilot Study: Homophobia around Gender. Contributions to Social Sciences (01).
  •  García Rodríguez, D. (2012). Ethics, a Break from the Dichotomous Debate between Basic and Applied Science. Contributions to Social Sciences (12).

Conference Attendance

  •  1st Iberian Congress of Narrative Therapy and 9th AETEN Meeting, held on September 28, 29, and 30 in Porto, Portugal.
  •  1st Ibero-American Congress of Narrative Practice – cultural melting pot: de-colonizing narrative practices, held on June 30, July 1 and 2, 2022, in Valencia, Spain.
  •  Addictions Symposium held on November 7 and 8, 2012 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  Anxiety and Depression Symposium held on October 9 and 10, 2012 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  5th International and 10th National Congress of Clinical Psychology, held on April 26, 27, and 28, 2012 in Santander, Spain.
  •  8th International Congress on Migrations, Causes and Consequences held from November 3 to 23, 2011 in Granada, Spain.
  •  2nd International Symposium on Criminology, Crime and Psychology, held on October 26, 27, 28, 2011, in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  Latin American Congress of Legal and Forensic Psychology V.7.0. held online from November 28 to 30, 2010.
  •  European Congress: Advances in the Treatments of Anxiety and Depression, held on December 1, 2, and 3, 2010 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  International Symposium “Violence in the Family Environment and Drug Use”, held on May 13 and 14, 2010 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.
  •  Latin American Congress of Legal and Forensic Psychology V.6.0. held online from November 28 to 30, 2009.
  •  Symposium of the Association of Motivation and Emotion (AME), held on May 7, 8, and 9, 2009, in Puerto de La Cruz, Spain.
  •  International Symposium “Criminology and Crime”: Areas of Application, Advances in Treatment, Perspectives in Prevention, held on October 9, 10, and 11, 2008 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.

What people are saying about us

Pino Monterrey YanesPino Monterrey Yanes
21:34 04 Mar 24
I went to Darío’s consultation for a personal problem and in the dialogue and guidance he offered me, a lot of ‘collateral damage’ emerged that overloads us in life and that we should not endure. Your help has helped me solve them or at least put them in perspective with easy tools that we have at our disposal and that we often do not see. I will always be grateful to him.
Andreas HermansAndreas Hermans
12:54 02 Mar 24
Darío is the only Spanish/English-speaking psychologist in La Palma! He emanates a loving calm and you immediately feel at ease with him. He knows how to get to the core in a respectful and professional way. Even online sessions are possible. I can strongly recommend Darío!
Alicia PerezAlicia Perez
17:55 29 Feb 24
It has helped me get to know myself and learn to love myself, it is not the first time in a long time, above all transparent with the issues to react and realize that I am important as a person and as a woman
Dario is more than a psychologist; is a comprehensive and expert guide on the journey to emotional well-being. Her professional approach is uniquely combined with genuine empathy. From day one, I felt heard and understood. Her ability to identify and address my emotional challenges has been instrumental in my personal growth process.What I really stand out about Dario is his ability to create a safe space where I can express my deepest thoughts without fear of judgment. Your genuine care and personalized approach have made a significant difference in my life. Thanks to their guidance, I have acquired practical tools to deal with difficult situations and have experienced a positive change in my emotional well-being.I would recommend Dario to anyone looking for a committed, compassionate and highly competent psychologist. Its impact goes beyond the sessions, leaving a lasting impression on my path to a fuller, more balanced life.
Alicia HdezAlicia Hdez
15:14 21 Jan 24
Excellent professional, and a very nice person. I highly recommend it for teenagers, to whom it gives tools to manage their self-esteem, and the different problems that many young people suffer today. I went to him precisely after seeing the noticeable change he achieved with the teenager in the house, with the hope that he would also have tools to lighten “the backpack of problems” that we adults carry on our backs, and he did not disappoint me.
Artorias Del AbismoArtorias Del Abismo
17:04 17 Jan 24
Darío is a great professional: Close, versatile, empathetic, dedicated and affable. In each session he denotes love and vocation for his work.I was lucky enough to find him in one of my lowest moments and thanks to his help I am taking back the reins of my life.Highly recommended.
carla maffiolicarla maffioli
09:40 06 Jul 23
Pino Monterrey YanesPino Monterrey Yanes
21:34 04 Mar 24
Fui a la consulta de Darío por un problema personal y en el diálogo y guía que me ofreció fueron saliendo muchos ‘daños colaterales’ que en la vida nos sobrecargan y que no debemos soportar. Su ayuda me ha ayudado a resolverlos o al menos a relativizarlos con herramientas fáciles, que tenemos a nuestro alcance y que muchas veces no vemos. Siempre le estaré agradecida.
Andreas HermansAndreas Hermans
12:54 02 Mar 24
¡Darío es el único psicólogo que habla español/inglés en La Palma! Emana una calma amorosa e inmediatamente te sientes a gusto con él. Sabe llegar al meollo de forma respetuosa y profesional. Incluso las sesiones en línea son posibles. ¡Puedo recomendar encarecidamente a Darío!
Alicia PerezAlicia Perez
17:55 29 Feb 24
Me ha ayudado a conocerme y a aprender a quererme,no es la primera vez hacia mucho tiempo,sobretodo transparente con los temas para reaccionar y darme cuenta de que soy importante como persona y como mujer
Dario es más que un psicólogo; es un guía comprensivo y experto en el viaje hacia el bienestar emocional. Su enfoque profesional se combina de manera única con una auténtica empatía. Desde el primer día, me sentí escuchado y comprendido. Su habilidad para identificar y abordar mis desafíos emocionales ha sido fundamental en mi proceso de crecimiento personal.Lo que realmente destaco de Dario es su capacidad para crear un espacio seguro donde puedo expresar mis pensamientos más profundos sin temor al juicio. Su atención genuina y su enfoque personalizado han hecho una diferencia significativa en mi vida. Gracias a su orientación, he adquirido herramientas prácticas para enfrentar situaciones difíciles y he experimentado un cambio positivo en mi bienestar emocional.Recomendaría a Dario a cualquier persona que esté buscando un psicólogo comprometido, compasivo y altamente competente. Su impacto va más allá de las sesiones, dejando una impresión duradera en mi camino hacia una vida más plena y equilibrada.
andrea del pozoandrea del pozo
14:23 20 Feb 24
Dario es un excelente profesional y con un trato inigualable. Tiene mucha cercanía y gran empatía con los adolescentes y es por eso que nos ha ayudado tanto y nos hemos sentido tan bien acompañados en todo momento por él. No dudo en recomendarlo.Muchas Gracias Dario por todo!!!
Alicia HdezAlicia Hdez
15:14 21 Jan 24
Excelente profesional, y como persona muy agradable. Lo recomiendo muchísimo para los adolescentes, a los que les da herramientas para manejar su autoestima, y los diferentes problemas que hoy en día sufren muchos jóvenes. Acudí a él precisamente después de ver el notorio cambio que consiguió con la adolescente de la casa, con la esperanza de que tuviera herramientas también para aligerar “la mochila de problemas” que los adultos vamos cargando en la espalda, y no me ha defraudado.
Artorias Del AbismoArtorias Del Abismo
17:04 17 Jan 24
Darío es un gran profesional: Cercano, versátil, empático, entregado y afable. En cada sesión denota amor y vocación por su trabajo.Tuve la suerte de encontrarle en uno de mis momentos más bajos y gracias a su ayuda estoy volviendo a retomar las riendas de mi vida.Altamente recomendable.
FaustoCS93FaustoCS93
21:19 17 Nov 23
Gran profesional, gracias a su ayuda conseguí salir del pozo. Me dio una nueva forma de ver la vida y de vivirla.
Paula Cabrera SantosPaula Cabrera Santos
21:12 17 Nov 23
Tanto Darío como Lucía dan una atención muy buena y profesional. Recomendado.
Comencé a ir a terapia porque llevaba mucho tiempo en una espiral, cada vez mayor, de desesperanza de la que no creía que fuera capaz de salir. Por suerte, encontré a Darío y, en los últimos meses, me ha ayudado a tener una relación conmigo misma mucho más amable y a comenzar a romper los moldes tan rígidos que hay en mi cabeza y que tanto me hacen sufrir. Con su cercanía y atención, las sesiones se convierten en un redescubrimiento de tus propias experiencias, como si las respuestas estuvieran en ti misma.La verdad es que no puedo estar más agradecida.
Ligia Acosta HernandezLigia Acosta Hernandez
18:35 13 Oct 23
Ha sido de gran ayuda. Recurrí a él en un momento de mucho estrés y gracias a su experiencia y a sus técnicas me ayudo mucho. Gran profesional, excelente atención y profesionalidad.
OSCAR GARCÍA ESTEBANOSCAR GARCÍA ESTEBAN
17:54 05 Oct 23
Hasta el momento actual nunca había asistido a terapia. Por una concatenación de circunstancias que me provocaron un estado de ansiedad al que no podía hacer frente solo, decidí dar el paso, con la suerte de encontrar a Darío. Yo no tenía ni idea de como serían las sesiones, ni si realmente me ayudarían. Pues a día de hoy, gracias a su gran profesionalidad, su manera de abordar las sesiones y su calidez, me encuentro mucho mejor y además me ha hecho iniciar un viaje de autoconocimiento increíble. Así que puedo decir que es de las mejores decisiones que pude tomar.
Acudí a Darío para que nos ayudase con un problema familiar, gracias a él estamos consiguiendo superarlo, es un gran profesional, una persona con una gran empatía, cercano, cariñoso, con amplia experiencia, sólo tengo palabras de agradecimiento y saber que va a estar ahí siempre que lo necesitemos, me da tranquilidad.Estamos encantados y muy agradecidos.Gracias Darío.
Lara Pérez LealLara Pérez Leal
11:01 28 Jul 23
Es un profesional en toda regla, me gusta mucho su forma de trabajar, además tiene la ventaja de que sabe tratar con todo tipo de personas y casos. Es muy humano y muy cercano, sin dejar nunca de lado los objetivos. Realmente lo recomiendo al 100%
carla maffiolicarla maffioli
09:40 06 Jul 23
Raquel GarciaRaquel Garcia
12:54 11 Apr 23
Acudimos a Dario por un tema personal y fue un acierto.Llegamos muy confundidos y gracias a sus aportaciones fuimos desgranando el problema y avanzando.Valoro mucho su implicación, se nota que le gusta lo que hace y lo quiere hacer bien. Siempre tiene aportaciones nuevas rondándole la cabeza para mejorar.En todo momento sentimos en él un apoyo y se notó muchísimo en nuestro clima familiar.A nivel personal me parece una persona divertida y chispeante.Lo recomiendo y mucho como profesional.
yessica perez perezyessica perez perez
16:01 29 Dec 22
Conocer a dario fue volver a vivir. Me ayudo a salir cuando me vi hundida. Me dio luz cuando lo vi todo oscuro y sobre todo me ayudo a recuperarme y volver a ser yooo
RaiRai
07:23 22 Jun 22
Acudimos a Darío porque necesitaba que un profesional, con experiencia en niños TEA, nos ayudara a explicarle a nuestro niño lo que es el duelo y la muerte, habiendo fallecido su madre hace escasos días.Darío es muy carismático y atento, rapidamente consiguió la confianza del niño y nos ayudó en el desarrollo de una narrativa eficaz, capaz de hacerle entender el momento por el que está pasando.Me gustó mucho su trabajo, su capacidad y las herramientas que tiene con niños que están en el espectro. Ayudó mucho que las visitas se realizaran en nuestro propio domicilio. Si llegado el caso necesitáramos más ayuda de cualquier tipo no dudaría en volver a consultarle.
Mateo López BargaMateo López Barga
20:05 15 May 22
Darío es una persona apasionada por su trabajo, con una vocación clara por la psicología y por la entrega hacia los demás. Darío sabe escuchar muy bien, sin caer en el juicio y siempre aportando un trato honesto. Su experiencia profesional así como su amplia experiencia en los diversos campos de la salud mental le hacen 100% recomendable.
SexabilitiesSexabilities
18:43 09 May 22
Conocer a Darío ha sido una gran suerte en mi camino profesional y personal. No solo hemos sido compañeros en el máster de terapia narrativa, si no que además tenemos algunas colaboraciones en mente… Ya que yo vengo de otro ámbito diferente a la psicología (trabajo social y sexología), y creemos que puede ser interesante compartir puntos de vista sobre diversos temas.Solo puedo decir que Darío es una persona excelente, un gran psicólogo y terapeuta narrativo; además cuenta con amplia experiencia en terapia individual, de pareja o con familias. Destaco su empatía, inteligencia, sentido del humor, responsabilidad, humildad y amor por su trabajo. Así que lo recomiendo totalmente como profesional idóneo para iniciar un proceso terapéutico.
Me costó un poco la determinación de acudir al psicólogo porque consideraba que bajo la situación que estábamos viviendo habían personas que lo necesitaban más que yo pero el me hizo ver que no era así que yo lo necesita y mucho.Encontrar a Darío ha sido para mí una gran suerte y me siento afortunada de haber asistido a su consulta .Me sentí muy a gusto tanto que nunca me he abierto a una persona como lo he hecho con el te inspira confianza es una persona muy agradable y entregada a su trabajo. A mí me ayudó bastante .
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