In Psychoactive We bet as always for the best professionals in the field of psychology, well-being and education. While this offers many fields of action and intervention, today we talk about what is known as Perinatal Psychology With an experienced psychologist on this subject, we talk about Patricia Valseca. Currently developing his work in El Prado Psychologists.
First of all, Patricia thank you very much for your time and attention for this interview, which will surely be of interest, especially for mothers and fathers.
Your experience is a great example of your love for the work you develop, to begin with, how were your beginnings and why did you decide to dedicate yourself to psychology?
I started in a hospital environment and private office, where my main task has been to accompany and guide in processes of emotional suffering.
From a very young age I worried about the people who suffered, who were different, I wondered what was happening inside them so that they could not overcome that suffering.
Little by little I became more and more interested in brain functioning, emotions, attachment, I wanted to somehow help others understand what might be happening to them and thus be able to recover their lives, overcoming that pain.
What would you have done professionally if it had not been to psychology?
I have always felt that I wanted to help people overcome the difficult processes of their lives, so something related to medicine.
In fact, your training is very broad throughout your career. Would you highlight any of them in particular?
The EMDR training (desensitization and reprocessing by eye movements), allowed me to know the trauma thoroughly and have effective tools to deal with it.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you find Spain in information regarding psychological issues? Are we really well informed or is there still some kind of ignorance about your work?Patricia Valseca
It is difficult to assess it with a score, but if you ask me I will put a 6, I think there is enough information on psychological issues, but we are not well informed, there are still many people who do not know psychology fields or who still think that it is only necessary to go to therapy when something really serious happens to us.
I asked you before that question because it is possible that some people know us in depth the figure of a Perinatal Psychologist. Can you explain to us what it really is and what is the work that develops?
It is the field of psychology that is dedicated to the process of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, as well as the link with the baby.
It is precisely in all those phases where I accompany future parents, more specifically the issues I address are fertility problems, depression, fear of childbirth, traumatic births, baby loss, breastfeeding problems, adaptation to motherhood / fatherhood ...
We know that you work among other important tasks in the field of child psychology. What does it have that has no other and why?
When therapists address the problems of our patients, we hear their traumatic stories, deficiencies, the triggers that cause them suffering, especially we talk about how their life is marked by their childhood stories.
As I say many times in session "by the roots of the tree", and it is at that root where you can access more directly in working with children.
Children are like open books where you can accompany them in the construction of their history.
What is the first thing you tell mothers and fathers about your work?
I explain that my intervention is oriented to help them understand the relational dynamics that their children live, from there being able to modify those established negative circles to recover more favorable dynamics.
It is about parents being able to offer their children support in a climate of security and trust.
Do you think more information about perinatal psychology in media is needed?
The role of the perinatal psychologist or psychologist is very recent, and is born from
of an awareness in different sectors involved in birth and upbringing (obstetricians, midwives, psychologists ...) about the importance of emotional and psychological changes that occur during the maternity process and the lack of accompaniment and support in a such a sensitive and vital period. But there is still a long way to go. Ideally, it should be a service that was offered as reinforcement throughout the medical follow-up of pregnancy.
Perinatal psychology gathers many emotional aspects, but at what level and on what occasions may it be required?
Being a mother is one of the most incredible experiences anyone can experience, but it also brings with it many challenges, fears, insecurities and stress.
Interdisciplinary work is essential for all this process, with the collaboration of doctors, midwives, psychologists, pelvic floor professionals to track and act before a problem appears.
Our figure is required in fertility problems and assisted reproduction techniques, anxiety in pregnancy, perinatal losses, complicated births or premature children, postpartum depression or difficulties in the mother-baby relationship ...
How long is your presence / accompaniment next to mothers / fathers necessary? That is, from what stage to what stage your work is done?
Time will depend a lot on the type of intervention or problem to be treated, an accompaniment is not the same as a perinatal death ...
The perinatal psychologist accompanies the woman during any of these phases: conception (whether or not there are problems to conceive), pregnancy, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, puerperium or parenting
Why did you decide to work and develop your work as a perinatal psychologist?
When I specialized in childhood and especially in trauma I was especially interested in the perinatal part because it is at this stage that the foundations of the future Emotional Health of the child are laid. However, after being a mother for the first time something very deep changed within me, it made me realize that you could get misunderstood, of the demands of the environment, of the change that it entails in oneself.
We know you are a mother. Does it directly or indirectly influence your work? That is, is it more subjective to know more about motherhood?
Evidently experience and knowledge bring added value to any vital experience. That doesn't give me all the answers, but it always adds up.
Being a mother made me understand better what it was emotionally for many of my patients to be unable to be a mother or to have a gestational loss.
What is your opinion about maternity / paternity?
Our current society is far from the "tribe model" present in past decades, where the availability and support in parenting were much greater. Many fathers and mothers may experience great frustration throughout the educational process of their children because they do not live up to the circumstances.
That is why it seems to me of the utmost importance to be able to find support and accompaniment, to form networks that allow you to freely exercise motherhood, fatherhood without external judgments.
Patricia How do you see motherhood in our country today? Do we really enjoy it and everything that involves both mothers and fathers?
I think it is important to promote birth in Spain, as well as increase family reconciliation and that this helps to reduce the time in the decision to create a family. As to whether we enjoy it or not it is something very personal, because we must assess the personal circumstances of each individual and the context in which they live, however, quality time and family reconciliation are key elements to experience fully That new stage.
Where can we meet you in person? Or in other ways?
In the Prado Psychologists: www.elpradopsicólogos.es
In a nutshell What is special about perinatal psychology?
It is one of the few therapies in which I have felt that I accompany the patient in a process that generates life or death, like the two sides of the same coin, which does not stop spinning and you do not know which one will touch you.
Finally Patricia and greatly appreciating your attention Would you recommend Psychoactive?
Of course I would recommend it, it is a page where you can find very varied information on psychology and mental health topics. In addition, it has several resources such as test, courses etc.
Thank you very much Patricia. It has been a very interesting interview and that if you doubt it will help both mothers and fathers a lot.
Interview conducted by David Álvarez