Born in Colombia / South America, I went to California / USA, UCSD, to study Linguistics and worked there as a language teacher and translator. A few years later I moved to Germany, where I graduated in Psychology at the Technical University in Berlin. Then, at the Free University of Berlin, I specialised in Public Health and spent several years studying dance therapy techniques at various institutions. At the Institute for Behavioural Therapy, Brandenburg, I earned a degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. In the context of these special studies, I worked 1½ years in the Crisis Intervention and Psychiatry Department at the Charité, followed by 2 years working as a psychotherapist at Dr Kalinowski's Trauma Zentrum Berlin.