Psychological Support

It is widely recognised that physical torture also has a psychological impact, and that psychological torture is another commonly employed method. For this reason, we offer psychotherapy to help victims and their families recover from incidents of torture. We provide psychotherapy with regular or one-time consultations to those suffering from psychological, psychosomatic and psychosocial disorders.
In the women’s penitentiary centres (Miraflores and Obrajes) and the San Pedro prison (for men) of La Paz, one half-day per week we regularly attend affected persons. In the prisons of La Paz we work in a personal manner.
Psychological care has a psychoanalytic, systematic and psychosocial approach. It works at an individual, family, partner and group level. For example, there are psychotherapy sessions that are carried out with mother and child, a specific treatment for children who live with their mothers in prison.
Also, we carry out interventions in crisis and emergency situations, with short and long-term treatments. The majority of patients come to the office once a week (or more frequently if necessary). When necessary, ITEI staff will travel to places where there are people affected.

Attention in cases of emergency and social crisis

ITEI responds to unforeseen events through emergency work, to provide adequate medical attention to those affected. This took place, for example, in Oct. 2003 in the city of El Alto during the Gas War, in 2008 in Chuquisaca after the events of May 24, in Pando after the events of September 11 and in Alto Parapeti after the sad events of March and April.

Psychological expertise

ITEI carries out, upon the request of national and international institutions, psychological assessments of torture using the Istanbul Protocol. In this way documentation of the psycho-social impact of torture is carried out. We comply with the high standards of the Protocol, examining those persons concerned in an impartial manner, with the consent of the person and making precise and confidential notes to document incidents of torture. ITEI has carried out medical examinations on requests from the Defensoría del Pueblo, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Psychotherapeutic Staff:

  • Andrés Gautier, psychologist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. Responsible for the socio-psychotherapeutic area of ITEI.
  • Emma Bolshia Bravo Cladera, psychologist and therapeutic clinical pedagogue, carries out psycho-social interventions in rural contexts with the indigenous populations.
  • Zulema Callejas, psychologist and psychotherapist. Worked in our Cochabamba offices until 2015.

Freelance Psychotherapists

  • Dominique Picard, a systemic psychotherapist, gives regular and one-off consultations to affected children and adolescents.
  • Percy Medrano, psychologist, systematic children’s psychotherapist, has given specific consultations at the request of ITEI. He also assisted in Sucre in 2008.
  • Maria Silvia Campos, psychologist from the Argentine Psychosocial Work Team (EATIP), collaborated with us in Sucre in 2008.