Alvaro Gómez Prado is a psychotherapist from Panama City in private practice since 2001, dedicating most of his efforts to serving the LGBT population. Alvaro is a founding member of SOPAPSI (Sociedad Panameña de Psicoterapia) and co-author of the book Rompamos el Silencio about suicide prevention. As a by-product of his doctoral research on psychotherapy with gay men, Alvaro created a blog to mobilize the conversation about mental health issues in the LGBT population. The blog is now part of his professional page and covers topics like masculinity, sexual diversity and suicide prevention.
Alvaro was a professor of Psychopathology at the University of Panama and the Universidad Santa María la Antigua from 2008 to 2015. He also helped create Convive Panamá, an NGO working with sexually diverse population, and supervised its support groups for homosexual men.
In 2016 Alvaro co-created @EstosDOSmanes, a digital project (Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) seeking to provide a reference to Spanish-speaking audiences on the nature of same-sex couples. Using their own story as partners of more than a decade, Alvaro and Guille created digital content to answer questions about Sexual Diversity, Human Rights and Sex Education. In 2019, attempting to appease commonly heard fears about legalizing same-sex marriage in Panama, they co-produced “RecorriDOS: Países Bajos”, a documentary made in conjunction with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Panama in which they take a geographical and introspective journey to learn and show what life is like in a country where marriage equality is the norm.
He has a degree in Psychology Cum Laude (Universidad Santa María la Antigua, 2001) a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (Universidad de Panamá, 2003), a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Cum Laude (Universidad Santa María la Antigua, 2008) and is certified as a Psychotherapist by the World Council of Psychotherapy (2008). Alvaro is a Fellow of the sixteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Private Clinic Psychologist
Fellow CALI 16