Helping Introduce TFP to Madrid and the Public Health System
Exploring the Therapeutic Universe of Aurora Döll Gallardo
In the captivating realm of mental health, I came across Aurora Döll Gallardo, a woman from Madrid whose life is dedicated to Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, and Medicine, and who has become an ardent advocate for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).
Let’s begin with Aurora’s mornings. Before immersing herself in the daily hustle, she indulges in the luxury of a morning run in a nearby natural park—a ritual that provides her with peace and balance, the perfect starting point for the day ahead. More than a routine, she sees it has a revitalizing ritual.
As a true Madrilenian, Aurora shares her love for Zarzuela and the rich history of her city. From intriguing tidbits like the meaning of “Mayrit” (spring) to her detailed knowledge of medieval coats of arms, she guides us through a unique version of Madrid, a place she considers “the most beautiful city in the world.”
Transitioning from everyday life, we dive into her professional journey. From being a Community Psychiatrist at the CSM de Villa Vallecas to becoming the head of the Alcohol Addiction Unit at Hospital Dr. Rodríguez Lafora, Aurora has woven a diverse and enriching network. We look forward to her helping us appreciate the usefulness of a TFP approach in treating substance abuse, a topic on the program of the ISTFP Biennial Conference in September.
TFP takes center stage as the protagonist of this story. Aurora discovers her calling during five years of work in a Therapeutic Community for Personality Disorders. This is when she had a transformative encounter with TFP that motivated her to learn the treatment. Although TFP training was initially unavailable in Madrid, her determination led her to embrace it as soon as the opportunity arose in 2019-2020.
Reflections and Challenges in the Spanish Landscape
In our conversation, Aurora highlights the duality of TFP practice in Spain: despite currently being predominantly a private practice model of therapy, she envisions the potential for applying its principles in the public healthcare system. She acknowledges challenges, from overcoming prejudices to retaining patients in forms of treatment even when contracts are broken, but she is motivated to meet these obstacles with optimism.
Exploring the future of TFP in Spain, Aurora advocates for its dissemination and continuous training, adapting to various clinical environments without losing sight of necessary standards. While recognizing the power of technology, she emphasizes the importance of human connection and enriching supervision that only professionals can provide.
Thus, our conversation concludes, leaving us with the image of a passionate woman, dedicated to TFP and convinced that, in the therapeutic universe, the balance between technology and human connection is key. We sincerely thank Aurora Döll Gallardo for sharing her journey with us and hope that her story inspires others to learn and extend the application of TFP, with a commitment to understanding the importance of the human relation in the context of institutional work.
Diana Téllez Quiroz
Diana Téllez Quiroz, PhD
Diana Téllez has been working as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in Mexico since 2005. In 2009, she successfully completed a master’s degree program in psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She went on to earn a PhD in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association in 2012.
She’s a certified TFP Teacher-Supervisor and has clinical practice in TFP since 2011. Since 2016, she is responsible for the Psychology department at a public hospital part of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Mexico City. She is also an active member of the Academic Committee of Mexico involved in the organization of multiple trainings and supervisions in TFP.