Fernando Quigua, LMSW

Every generation or so feels like the sky is falling, and in some ways it is.  One day you think the earth is flat, the next day it's round.  One day you're living in a liberal democracy, and the next day, you're not so sure.  Yes, the times are a'changin,' always.  Sometimes for the better, for love and for justice, thank goodness.  And these days, well, the saga continues. The struggle continues. The times may seem weirder and warmer and meaner, and yet they're so full of promise, invention, and beauty (just like you?), and some say it's all perfect, just the way it is.

Anyway, how are you holding up?

I ask because I'm curious.  I ask because I care. Why do I care?  I don't know, it's a mystery!  Psychotherapy is not a little mysterious, and when taken up with a playful kind of seriousness, I find that it's full of surprises.  I like surprises, most of all when people surprise themselves with insights and new energy to slough off stale habits of thinking and relationship patterns, whatever it is that's holding them back.  I like to assist with this, bear witness to an empowering process, psychotherapy as imagining one's life and possibilities anew.  To me, it's as creative and gratifying as it gets, and if you're reading this, maybe it appeals to you too.

I treat melancholia, jitters and chronic unease, isolation, obsession, and aimless disaffection, in short, public problems in our private lives.  I try to help people align themselves with their sense of vitality and purpose while deepening their relationships and solidarity with others.  Much of this work is poetic.  The rest draws upon the ancient art of conversation, that of kvetching, belly-aching complaint, and maybe a laugh.  Most of all, I open an intimate space, a good place, where you can be yourself and hear yourself think.  I also work with dreams.  And if you "don't dream" or "don't remember" your dreams, then you will.

Education 

  • CITY UNIVERSITY of NEW YORK, THE GRADUATE CENTER, New York, NY

    • Ph.D., Psychology (Critical Social/Personality program); Expected date of graduation, December 2018

    • Presidential MAGNET Fellow, Mellon Science Studies Fellow, Dean K. Harrison Fellow

  • NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, SILVER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, New York, NY

    • M.S.W., Master of Social Work

  • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL of INTERNATIONAL and PUBLIC AFFAIRS, New York, NY

    • M.I.A., Master of International Affairs: International Media and Communication

  • McGILL UNIVERSITY, Montreal, Canada

    • Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science and International Development Studies

License

LMSW, New York #083969