TRACI GAVILA, PSY. D.
As a licensed psychologist, I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression and relationship problems. I work with families to improve communication and relationships at home. I'm committed to making the therapeutic process collaborative and focus on individual, unique goals. Helping people identify and nurture their strengths is a critical part of my process. Once they understand their challenges, I introduce coping strategies they can use to deal with social and emotional problems in healthier ways.
I've always been interested in examining experiences and helping others. Prior to my career as a psychologist, I lived abroad, dedicating time to work with children and families as a teacher and community health volunteer. These experiences honed my ability to empathize with children and families who feel misunderstood and unsupported. I also learned to adapt to, or overcome, uncomfortable situations. Along with my expertise and doctorate in psychology, I now use these skills to help others adapt and thrive.
Throughout my career, I've worked with children and adolescents, both in clinical and school settings. As a certified school psychologist, I engaged with school professionals and advocated for children’s social and emotional needs. I worked with children with developmental disabilities and provided social and executive functioning skills training. I also have training in providing support to parents on parenting strategies and conducting family therapy sessions.
I graduated from the APA-Accredited Clinical-School Psychology doctoral program of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University and completed an internship in adolescent and early childhood psychotherapy at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I incorporate techniques in cognitive behavioral, relational, psychodynamic and family systems therapy. I work with individuals and families who struggle with the following:
• Mood Challenges
• Job, Career or School Difficulties
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
• Disruptive Behaviors
• Parenting Skills and Stress
• Social Skills
• Executive Function Deficits
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