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Cristina Muñiz de la Peña

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

3:00pm Lecture hall 1, level B

Cristina Muñiz de la Peña, PhD, CCEP

Wellness in the Midst of Chaos


  • What threatens our sense of wellness?
    • What does it mean to experience wellness?
    • Sources of anxiety, distress, and toxic stress… in the academic field?
    • Our emotions as a mind-body experience
    • How do our body and mind respond to stress?
  • How can we recover and maintain a sense of wellbeing?
    • What are ways to take care of ourselves in the midst of chaos?
    • Personal Self-care: to know and care for our needs, and boundaries
    • The role of social and emotional support: sense of belonging and community
    • Professional services and supports
      • What types of mental health services are there?
      • What’s to be expected in therapy?
      • What kinds of therapies are out there?
      • How do I pick a therapist or mental health service?
    • Barriers in the pursuit of wellness
      • Access barriers, social barriers
      • Stigma, misconceptions, and false beliefs

This course is for IMDEA Software staff only.


  • To review the concepts of wellness, anxiety, emotional distress, and toxic stress
  • To help participants identify signs of psychological difficulties
  • To learn different levels of intervention and self-care to attend to psychological difficulties
  • To understand the different types of mental health services available
  • To learn ways to seek out mental health services


Dr. Cristina Muñiz de la Peña is a psychologist specialized in mindfulness, trauma, family-systems therapy, somatic therapy, attachment, the therapeutic alliance, and multicultural conscience. Dr. Muñiz de la Peña currently teaches mindfulness-based therapy at the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR) for the Master program in Psychotherapy: Third Generation Therapies. She also holds a private practice in Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, where she provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Muñiz founded and worked for 8 years as the director of mental health services at Terra Firma, a program focused on providing services for unaccompanied refugee and migrant youth at the Montefiore Hospital in New York. Currently, she serves as a member of the board of Terra Firma since it became its own non-for-profit organization in 2020.