Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
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For more about Maria Munoz-Grandes, see the following Websites:Unoymas: https://www.unoymasrelationaldevelopment.com/about-us/our-team/maria-munoz- grandes/Psychology Today:
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I combine my teaching, training and research interests in academia and various organizations, with equivalent passion for my professional work in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, counseling and coaching. I have been a university professor since 2003, a counselor in private practice since 1993, a psychologist–psychotherapist since 2001, and a coach and consultant for leadership and organizational development since 2015.
The common thread in my different roles is my commitment to helping persons improve their relationships, make meaning and sense of their experiences, find purpose in their projects and lives, and design visions of the future that will lead to their flourishing in connectedness with their communities, society and natural environment. The collaborative co-construction of narratives that open up new possibilities, the centrality of creativity and the focus on relationships continue to inform all of my professional practices. I work collaboratively with my clients and students, co-creating resonant relationships and allowing the therapeutic and learning processes to take shape in dialogue with them and in response to their unique characteristics, needs, relational contexts, and aspirations.
Currently I combine my private psychotherapy practice (in downtown Philadelphia) with my work as a bilingual therapist for the community NGO La Puerta Abierta (The Open Door), which, in collaboration with the legal NGO Justice at Work, is committed to the mental health and relational well-being of refugees and immigrants living in the Philadelphia area. In my role as therapist, I work with individuals, couples and families recovering from profound traumatic experiences, many of whom are survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse at work.
I travel periodically to Madrid, Spain, where I see ongoing (and occasionally new) clients, conducting both in-person and online (Skype) sessions as needed. I have worked for 25 years as a counselor (since 1993) and psychologist/psychotherapist (since 2000) in Madrid, combining private practice for individuals, couples and families with group therapy at the Interaction Institute (2000-2014), in Madrid.
Over the years, I have developed what I call my “transmodal approach” to the practice of psychotherapy: I use the different theories and methods from a repertoire of psychotherapy modalities that I know, in ways that are responsive to each client’s needs as they become salient in the therapeutic relationship. I use all of my inspirational models and life wisdom to enrich my conversations with clients so that new possibilities for creative change can emerge.. I believe that radical love and the quality of the presence of the psychotherapist are equally critical factors in facilitating the process of therapeutic change.
Hermeneutics, social-constructionism, dialogicism, humanism and post-humanistic theories including new concepts of interconnectedness in a universal consciousness) constitute the major philosophical frameworks for my practice of psychotherapy. Within this framework, I give special attention to motivational systems (attachment, emotional regulation, narcissism, sensuality, sexuality and self- and other-care); implicit embodied memories; intersubjective processes; family systems, social networks and sociocultural contexts.
I am a collegiate member of the Psychologists Chamber of Spain, 2000; a licensed health psychologist (Spain Ministry of Education, 2011); an accredited psychotherapist (Spanish Federation of Associations of Psychotherapy, 2001), and an accredited director of psychodrama (Spanish Psychodrama Association [AEP], 1998).
I have completed graduate training programs in Constructivism, Social-Constructionism (UNED, Spain, 2009-12), Modular-Transformational Psychoanalysis (Comillas University, 2001-12), Gestalt (Comillas University and CIPARH, 1993-2004), Psychodrama (AEP, 1992-98), and Person-Centered Therapy (Comillas University, 1991-93).
I have a great passion for collaborative and experiential learning and for the co-creation of communities of practice--and learning communities, in which teachers and students are active agents in the learning processes--developed through collaborative relationships and exercises involving the emotional, embodied, cognitive, and social dimensions of the person. In all courses that I teach in my professorial role, I promote relational and creative qualitative research projects that create feedback loops between practice, research and theory.
For five years I was a professor of psychology at IE University, Spain (2012-16), where I also supervised students completing their “senior project” (B.A. thesis in psychology). In addition to standard introductions to the field, I taught courses in Professional Ethics, Personality Theory, Epistemology, Decision-Making, and Psychology as a Profession. Prior to IE University, I was a professor of social psychology at the National Distance Learning University (UNED), Madrid (2001-03), and a professor of psychodrama at the Pontifical Comillas University, Madrid (1997-98).
My first professional role in education was at the American School of Madrid (1990-96), where I taught History of Philosophy to high school seniors (1990-96). My foundation in collaborative and experiential learning dates back to my volunteer experience in Leon, Nicaragua (1990-92), where I developed and conducted a teacher-training program for local primary and middle-school teachers, funded by the NGO Manos Unidas in collaboration with Central America University (UCA).
Research in Leadership Development
I have been lead researcher in the Quantum Leadership Project, at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent for World Benefit, CWRU, designing, developing and leading research projects on the new consciousness of connectedness in leaders of flourishing organizations, that are committed to people flourishing, social thriving and environmental regenesis, and into the presencing and sense-making practices that these leaders develop in their daily lives and at work, to keep going on with zest and vitality and to feel connected not only to themselves and to others, but to society and the natural environment as well.
Research Projects in Psychotherapy*
“Models of Maturity and Multiple Perspectives on ‘The Good Life’ in Psychotherapy”: an inquiry into the implicit proposals that each school of practice in psychotherapy is actually making.
“The Transmodal Psychotherapist”: an inquiry into the benefits of having multiple trainings in psychotherapy in terms of cognitive flexibility, open-mindedness, creativity, and the ability to connect with diverse/multicultural client populations.
*Under development since 2014; interested colleagues, please contact me.
Leadership and Organizational Development
Since completing an M.Sc. in Positive Organizational Development at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA, 2013-15), I have worked as a coach and consultant, accompany individuals in the process of redesigning their personal and professional lives, and organizations in their leadership development processes.
My graduate studies included several courses in Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (Germany, 2015), as a result of which I created--and for two years directed--the “Design Thinking and Organizational Strategy Lab” at IE University, a hands-on laboratory in which students formed a consultancy team to design solutions for challenges facing FerroAtlantica and the Royal Glass factory (Spain, 2015-16).
Founder and Director of Unoymas Relational Development
In 2014 I founded Unoymas Relational Development, an organization for personal, professional and organizational development (see www.unoymasrelationaldevelopment.com), a project designed to be always-in-the-making, its main purpose being to generate learning communities, and communities of practice, that are transformative, co-creative, interdisciplinary and transmodal.
One of the main projects at Unoymas is the design and delivery of trainings that can be refreshing, inspirational and transformational. All our trainings aim to promote encounter and dialogues between relational professionals.
Participation on Boards
After becoming a Taos Institute (TI) associate in 2012, I served as the coordinator of Taos Institute Europe (TIE) (2015-16), as a board member (2014-16), and as a member of the Taos Institute Associates Council (TIAC) (2014-16). Earlier, I served as a board member, executive committee member, and external relations officer of the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) (2010-13); a board member of the Spanish Federation of Psychotherapy (2010-13); and a board member of the Spanish Association of Psychodrama (2010-13)
(ongoing in each case since the year shown in parentheses)American Psychological Association, APA (2016)Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Div. 24, 2016)Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32, 2016)Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (Div. 49, 2016)Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, SEPI (2004)Society for Psychotherapy Research, SPR (2004)Taos Institute (2012)Spanish Narrative Psychotherapy Association, AETEN (2011)“Forum” Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004)Psychotherapists Association Laureano Cuesta—for humanistic psychology (1999)Spanish Association of Psychodrama, AEP (1998).