Gabriella Cardona-Morales, PhD
Dr. Cardona-Morales is a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. She received her doctorate from Adelphi University and works primarily with children, adolescents, and adults. She also has experience and clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) with a focus on treating depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, loss, and personality disorders. Dr. Cardona-Morales focuses on emotion regulation difficulties, interpersonal problems, behavioral dysregulation, and issues related to women’s health and motherhood. Her research focuses on the experience of loss, particularly maternal loss, as well as the adjustment to motherhood, including the thoughts, emotions, anxieties, and stressors involved in navigating this complex life transition. Additionally, she has extensive experience leading therapeutic groups that emphasize female independence and self-esteem, particularly for adolescents.
In addition to practicing privately, Dr. Cardona-Morales is also a lead psychologist on a child/adolescent psychiatric unit in the New York City Health and Hospitals system. She supervises psychology students in various therapeutic modalities and psychological/psychoeducational assessment. She has worked in numerous clinical settings, including adult and child outpatient facilities, a community crisis intervention program, and a women’s health program focusing on perinatal issues and mental health. She received her Masters of Art in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Mind and Body Studies at New York University.