BIO

Mariana is a licensed psychologist, educator and mental health writer from Panama. She is currently a candidate for a Master's degree in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, and a play therapist in training. Self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur, baking enthusiast, voracious reader and avid series binge-watcher. Mariana is a passionate advocate for children and teens, mental health, and education. Also, she has a soft spot for dark chocolate and witty puns. 

Mariana Plata's Articles

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Aziz Ansari’s Sexual Misconduct Story Highlights The Importance Of Teaching Sex Ed

How do we expect adults such as Aziz Ansari to understand the components of consent if we are not emphasizing this type of education as early as possible?
Mariana Plata    |   01.19.18 9am   |   SHARE
Here are tips for practicing self-care this holiday season.

Practicing Self-Care During The Holiday Season

What happens when the most crowded and festive environments feel like the emptiest of places? Here are tips for practicing self-care this holiday season.
Mariana Plata    |   11.29.17 12am   |   SHARE
Learning about privilege requires three key aspects: openness, humility, and self-awareness. (Image: Annie Pratt for Unsplash)

How To Talk To Your Child About Privilege

Privilege is a complex term to grasp, even for adults. The earlier we teach it to our younger generations, the easier it becomes to understand.
Mariana Plata    |   11.15.17 10pm   |   SHARE
How to talk to your daughter about her body - reinforce the quality of her body, rather than the quantity.

How To Talk To Your Daughter About Body Image

When it comes to how to talk to your daughter about her body and body image - reinforce the quality of her body, rather than the quantity.
Mariana Plata    |   11.14.17 12am   |   SHARE
The fight towards gender equality is slowly, but surely, becoming an intersectional affair.

How To Challenge Your Gender Normative Parenting Habits

As a psychologist with a strong commitment to promote gender equality, I’ve found myself re-thinking traditional and gender normative parenting habits.
Mariana Plata    |   10.25.17 12am   |   SHARE