In this insightful episode of The Traveling Therapist podcast, Kym sits down with Dr. Juanita Dimas, a globe-trotting therapist, to explore the intricacies of providing online therapy across the world. Juanita shares her journey of growing up internationally, obtaining licensure in various countries, and her experiences working with diverse populations.
Juanita delves into the complexities of becoming licensed as a psychologist in Costa Rica, highlighting the extensive paperwork and the need for degree recognition in different countries. She also notes the restrictions in some countries where only psychologists are authorized to practice therapy.
Kym and Juanita discuss the pros and cons of a nomadic lifestyle for therapists. They touch upon crucial aspects like residency visas, financial considerations, and the challenges of maintaining stability and support networks while on the move. They emphasize the unique needs and concerns of individuals adopting this lifestyle.
The conversation shifts to the challenges and benefits of being a digital nomad therapist. Building a community and understanding the legalities and complexities of practicing therapy in different jurisdictions are key topics. They stress the importance of being well-informed and prepared before embracing this lifestyle.
Juanita and Kym also address the practical challenges of working in various countries, such as internet and power issues, and the importance of understanding and adapting to cultural nuances in new environments.
This episode provides a comprehensive look into the life of a traveling therapist, offering valuable insights and advice for those considering or currently navigating this unique and rewarding professional path.
About Juanita Dimas:
Juanita Dimas, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in California for over 20 years, and offering online psychotherapy since 2016. She can see you if you are in California or in many countries in the world via online psychotherapy.
She is originally from the U.S., and having lived abroad for many years as a child and an adult, 3 different countries for 11 years. She is also bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural.
In addition to working with adults of all ages, Juanita specialize in working with diverse populations, including World Travelers.
APA Monitor: Psychologists and the expat life. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/05/cover-expat-life?fbclid=IwAR0fqLgxbT37tgECOlvgZz2WIGTRSW57uJjbsfO9pk9Xl2k-rzO2nJQX_tQ
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