Walter Riso ✅

Walter Riso ✅


Walter Riso. Argentine writer and psychologist of Italian origin, specialist in cognitive therapy. He has published several books on common therapies to improve the quality of life and mental health.


Born in Naples in 1951, being a child his parents emigrated with him to the Argentine Republic and settled in Buenos Aires. His childhood went on Pichincha Street where was the old Market Spineto, a neighborhood populated by Italian immigrants and other nationalities. From small attempt to study piano with little success, however the teacher bought some booklets called «Plumita» to write poetry and from there was born his passion for writing and reading the one that cultivates so far.

First Steps

His adolescence passed between Buenos Aires and San Luís where he studied technical baccalaureate, while helping his father in the pizzeria «El Vesuvius» attending the tables or making pizzas. From that time he learned the art of Italian gastronomy which he practiced assiduously. He stood out as an excellent football and basketball player, also practiced athletics especially Salto. At the end of his high school began his studies in electronic engineering and only four years because he seduced the hippie and political thought of the time which led him to the study of Oriental cultures and social sciences.

Walter Riso

University studies

Then he began to study psychology and theatre. For five years he consecrate both disciplines until in 1979 he emigrated to Colombia where he culminated his career and practiced the profession of therapist and teacher. After he specialized in cognitive therapy, he studied philosophy and bioethics, because he has always been interested in humanist sciences that have to do with the development of human potential. He has therefore written multiple technical and outreach books in order to prevent and promote important aspects of mental health and quality of life. She is currently lecturer and teacher at different universities, a practice that alternates with research in the area of cognitive psychology and therapy.

At present

«For twenty-five years he worked as a clinical psychologist» studied psychology at the University of San Luis Argentina and the Universidad San Buenaventura Colombia.

He is a specialist in cognitive clinical Psychology (University of the North) and studied master in bioethics at the University of the forest. He is currently Professor of Cognitive therapy at the Konrad Lorenz University and the Catholic University of Colombia, yes as in other universities in Latin America, and is honorary president of the Colombian Association of Cognitive Therapy (ACOTEC).

He has been coordinator and founder of FORMATION (center for Research and Behavioral therapy) and CEAPC (Center for Clinical Psychology and cognitive therapy). For twenty-five years he has worked as a clinical psychologist, a practice that alternates with conducting research in the cognitive area, training of therapists and scientific and outreach publications.

His publications include: Assertive Training (1990), depression: Recent advances in Cognition and Information Processing (1994), Learning to Love Oneself (1996), Cognitive-Information therapy: Critique of therapies Traditional and clinical Implications (2000), a Question of Dignity (2001) and thinking Well, feeling Good (2003).

In recent years, the work of Walter Riso, published by the Editorial group Norma in Argentina and by Zenith/Planeta in Spain, has sold one million seven hundred thousand specimens. His work has been translated into German, Italian, Dutch, Greek and Portuguese in Brazil and Portugal. Currently resides in Bogotá and Barcelona.

His works

Walter Riso

He has found a way to explain with a simple and direct language – precisely because of this much more effective – the main problems that people face in order to live fully, and to generate balanced and satisfying love relationships. In his books he presents the most distressing issues with a lot of naturalness, and the readers find in them elements that allow them to modify their life, to gain quality and to live better.

He writes psychological outreach books based on many years of professional experience, and a special sensitivity to perceive problems and offer solutions. He has therefore written multiple technical and outreach books in order to prevent and promote important aspects of mental health and quality of life. She is currently lecturer and teacher at different universities, a practice that alternates with research in the area of cognitive psychology and therapy.

Written works

Detach without anesthesia 2013.
Love or depend 2012.
Fall TI 2012.
Manual for not dying of love: Ten Principles of Affective Survival 2011.
Playing with fire: Are we unfaithful by nature? 2010.
The art of being flexible 2010.
Love and do not suffer 2009.
The way of the sages 2009.
The right to say no 2009.
The Limits of love 2009.
Highly dangerous loves 2008.
The male affection 2008.
Think well, feel good 2008.
Cognitive Therapy 2008.
Love or Depend? 2008.
Divine Love Madness 2000.
A matter of dignity.


The Italian psychologist Walter Riso, accustomed to his best-selling books to provide advice for a better life, has decided to reveal himself, to take the hand of imagination and to be the one who now naked his soul to make catharsis in his first novel, «Pizzeria Vesuvius » .

«I wanted to be irresponsible, because in the other books I have to be very responsible, because the professional speaks, carefully in what he says, looking for empirical evidence», says Riso in a talk with Efe in Buenos Aires, city to which, when he was a child, in the middle of Last century, he emigrated from Naples with his family.

And it is precisely that, a boat trip from the Italian city to the capital of Argentina, the starting point of his first book of Fiction (Planeta), starring Andrea, a boy who is not the «alter ego » of the writer, largely represents , with his adventures and misadventures, the essence of his origins and the journey of his life.

«There is part of fiction, part of reality, coincidences… What I wanted to show is everything that was going on inside a family of emigrants who mount a pizzeria «, says Riso, a clinical psychologist for 30 years and architect of 25 technical and outreach books–denominated by many as ‘ self-help ‘–that have been Translated into a multitude of languages.

Autodefined as a «Reencuentro «, the novel is for Riso a before and after in his career, because he finally was able to materialize something he had inside for a long time and he felt he had to tell.

The personal result was a «catharsis in many ways » and in the face of the reader «a fresco of the time» of Argentine society, which is strongly marked by the Italian immigration that arrived in the country between the late NINETEENTH and early and mid-TWENTIETH centuries.

«After Italy, the most Italian country there is this. Here they are among the ‘ Tano ‘ (as it is popularly called the Italians who emigrated to the Rio de la Plata) and the Galician (Spanish). This country, without that multiculturalism that has characterized it, would be nothing «, recognizes the psychologist.

It is thus that in the more than 300 pages of «Pizzeria Vesuvius «, around the vicissitudes of migration arise rioplatenses clichés such as permanent nostalgia; But also the historical circumstances-Andrea will not be saved from suffering State terrorism-, survival, forgiveness, infidelity, sex and especially gastronomy, with the family business as a prop.

«That pizzeria is a character. Andrea is ashamed of her family, but as she passes through the pizzeria she discovers things and ends up respecting her family, «stresses the psychologist, a profession that also chooses to develop the protagonist of the work.


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