Registered member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec
Master’s degree in cross-cultural and clinical psychology, Université René Descartes – Paris V, France (1998)
Experience and ongoing training
- WATCH, WAIT and WONDER technique
- Infant Observation- Esther Bick Method, one year with Alain Lebel (Child Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst) and Joanne Giasson (Psychologist)
- Various seminars and congresses on PTSD
- 6 years experience on the humanitarian field with Doctors without Borders and the ICRC in underdeveloped countries and conflictual areas.
- 8 years experience in various mental health and community settings
- 2 years experience in one CLSC
During her twelve years working experience as psychologist, Alejandra Drannikow specialized in perinatality, working with parents and children. She has worked in close collaboration with midwives and psychoeducators. As a result of her different humanitarian missions, she is sensitive to cross-cultural issues and to PTSD.
Alejandra also has considerable experience with both adolescents and adults. She can work in French, Spanish and English.
Reasons for consulting
- Parenting support to parents and parents to be.
- Relationship difficulties withing the family, the couple and work.
- Depression, black ideas,persistent discontentment, failure.
- Stress, anxiety, uneasiness, obsessions, fears, phobias, crisis.
- Difficulties within the working setting, burn out, harassment.
- Psychological trauma, state of shock, accidents, mourning process.
- Immigration: difficulties to integrating in the new society.
- Support to deal with chronic disease (personal or other)
This approach is influenced by psychoanalysis and as such draws on the notion of the unconscious. It focuses on the link between the symptom (what is troubling you) and what underlies it. This is analogous to the iceberg.
The symptom represents the part above the water that is seen easily and the unconscious represents the part that is underwater, and that cannot be seen easily. Becoming aware of this «underwater» part helps to make sense of the symptoms and to begin to deal with them thus gradually breaking free of their influence.
- Teenagers and young adults