Karemi Rodríguez Batista She is a tireless and founding psychologist fighter and director of the Psico-K reference resource portal, a volunteer in the Solidarity Psychology project that helps people without resources and in constant training of this exciting subject that is mental health. Today he was kind enough to assist us and grant us an interview for our blog and thus get a little closer to his personal and professional career.
- Hi Karemi, I am delighted to be able to give you this interview so that our readers can get to know you and your work on the web better. First of all I wanted to ask you, what motivated you to study the career of Psychology?
First I wanted to thank you. I am tremendously happy that a great professional with so many years in this as you, and that has undoubtedly been a reference for me and so many colleagues, you are interested in the Psico-K project and give me the opportunity to spread it through your page .
Well, it's a long story. Actually it all started when I was very young, I was twelve years old and I was going through a difficult situation at home. At that time a great person was in contact with me, a mental health professional who was an angel to me, who helped me find and strengthen my own resources, find strength and many more things that made me feel the need to give back " to life ”all that help they gave me. At fifteen I was already reading books like Your incorrect zones or the DSM-IV-TR. I started studying Psychology in Mexico City, but given the complicated family situation I had to interrupt it, until I continued it and finished many years later in Madrid.
- How were your principles in the world of Psychology?
In Mexico I started doing internships in a very nice program that the University of the Valley of Mexico had to provide support to children from unstructured families. Then we saw both children with learning, emotional or behavioral problems, and also their families. It was a very beautiful stage.
Here in Spain I entered a volunteer from a project called Solidarity Psychology where guidance was provided to people without resources, unemployed or who because of their personal situation could not access public or private centers. Of course, only as guidance and support until the person could access them.
- How did you get the idea of creating the Psico-K website?
I believe that several factors converged: the imperative need for people in mental health education, the need as professionals to continue training and have more accessible information at hand (most of the journals or scientific articles are paid and the economic situation in Spain complicated access), the boom of the social networks that allow us to reach more and more people in any part of the world, and the need for the contents to be chosen with certain ethical and professional criteria, that is, the guarantee that the resources are prepared by trained professionals, patient associations, universities or specialized organizations, and that they were expressly freely available or with the express permission of the author. Being a non-profit page, all resources must be freely accessible.
- Your page is very complete in terms of resources, documentation, articles, videos, etc. How do you manage to keep up and have such an interesting compilation? Do you dedicate many hours a day or a week?
Thank you. Since the objective was, as I just told you, that they met certain ethical criteria and also that they were attractive to the user, this is what takes me the longest. Searching the contents and images is what is more complicated, for this I dedicate enough time. I try to upload a different type of content every day of the week: articles, magazines, guides, podcasts and videos. Then, I try to spread them on social networks daily.
Fortunately, many colleagues get in touch to share their work, and this in addition to facilitating my work, creates a very interesting and rewarding synergy for me. I learn a lot and, from here I thank you.
- Apart from directing and managing your website, do you do other professional activities as a psychologist?
Right now I am full time with the master, some extra course also related and the page, but I continue on the Solidarity Psychology project promptly. In addition, when I finish the master I plan to open a psychology consultation.
- Within the field of Psychology, both on your website and outside it, what do you like most or what are you most passionate about working with?
Without a doubt, the area that I am passionate about is Clinical and Health Psychology. Through the page I have the opportunity to help promote mental health education, to somehow help reduce stigma and discrimination suffered by people with mental illness, as well as provide information to help detect problems that need to be subject to of specialized care and where they can find it. The faster it is, do this much better. Fortunately, in most of the resources, the guides, for example, include forms of contact either with professionals or institutions, with patient and family associations or with other entities that can guide them. I always point out that these resources are only a support, they will never replace a treatment, psychotherapy or personal process.
In the most practical area my goal, and what has always been my dream, is to be able to open a private consultation and be an active part in that process of health, change and personal growth of the patient. Help him develop his own strengths, work on his limitations and find new ways of understanding the most constructive life for him. From experience I understand that there are processes of change that require a lot of effort and from the hand of a professional we can get there more easily.
- As a psychology professional, to what extent do you think the presence on the Internet can help you prosper in your work?
Very much, no doubt. The growth of the Internet in recent years has been exponential, transforming all areas of our lives, including how we interact with the patient, an example is the option of online psychotherapy. Psychologists have to contemplate this modality in our work, always taking into account its limitations and scope. Therefore, it is very important to have a good presence, a profile that somehow defines you and that shows professionalism, trust, honesty, etc. On the other hand, being able to communicate, discuss and collaborate with other professionals does not matter the distance is tremendously enriching and will influence our work.
- What future plans do you have for yourself and your website? Interests, projects, ...
In the near future, if everything goes well, I would like to incorporate the online and face-to-face psychotherapy service, perhaps also workshops or courses but that will be seen later.
- Finally, if you had not dedicated yourself to psychology, what would you have done that also seems interesting to you?
There are so many interesting things in life. From a very young age I was already driving to this, but I really enjoy painting, music and cinema, however the artist's life is very difficult, even if you do very well, you have to have more public life, another temper In short, I think that my personality would not have made it easier for me.
Now to say goodbye I would like to thank you and all the readers very much for reading me and I encourage you to visit the page. A big hug.