Alexandra Carrizo is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist at Vital Voices Panama. Vital Voices is a non-profit non-governmental organization that promotes the participation of women and their basic rights to education, healthcare and equitable access to opportunities, in order to achieve a profound social transformation. Alexandra has a great passion towards Mental Health and Women’s rights, especially regarding Afro-Panamanian and indigenous women.
“I love working with diverse populations, always having a multicultural perspective, considering the emotional bonds a person has to their community, place of origin, culture, family, identity and their personal view of the world” – says Alexandra.
The Las Claras Program by Vital Voices Panama specializes in providing an integral care to teen mothers from impoverished and high-risk communities. Besides from helping them achieve their high school diploma and help them gain a formal job, they work from a holistic perspective that includes a team of social workers, early stimulators that work with their babies in this joint mother-child program, and a team of psychologists who specializes in providing psychological care for teen mothers,including training in soft skills as well as individual and group therapy. They do this by creating a safe environment where these girls can work in their education, their emotional well-being.
Alexandra joined Vital Voices in early 2018 and since has directly impacted more than 40 teen mothers, 30 girls, both by providing psychological care and prevention workshops; about 15 men (their partners), and more than 30 families.