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BONAVITACOLA PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Evidence-Based Therapy and Consultation
GET TO KNOW ME
Throughout my career, I have had a passion for delivering the highest caliber of therapy to my patients utilizing techniques and approaches that have been shown through rigorous research to be the most effective at treating the problems that my patients are facing. Also critical to my work is building a strong and unique relationship with each person I work with, in a space that is non-judgmental, full of respect, and honors your inner wisdom.
The decision to go to therapy can be a scary one, or you may have had poor experiences in therapy in the past, and my goal is that you feel welcomed and accepted right away! As part of the Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, I proudly welcome clients of all gender, sexual, racial, and ethnic minorities.
Outside of therapy, I enjoy yoga, playing the flute, live music, salsa dancing, experiencing new cultures and history, and being outdoors!
Doctor of Psychology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy University of Miami
Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance Frost School of Music
Minor in Psychology
Expertise and Training
I have expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for trauma, anxiety, mood, substance use, eating, and personality disorders across the lifespan. I specialize in the implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and associated conditions, as well as CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adolescents and adults. I am a board-certified clinician by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. I am also a Prolonged Exposure Consultant, having completed a training program through Emory University School of Medicine. In addition, I consult to the The Spiegel Academy’s DBT Informed Music Therapy Training Program, training music therapists to become DBT informed music therapists upon completion of an intensive year long training program.
Most recently, I was the founder and director of the Trauma Program at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan. At CBC, I provided individual and group therapy, supervision, training, and school consultation in CBT and DBT modalities.
I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Greater Hartford Consortium, where I gained expertise and became a rostered therapist in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) while at the Newington VA Clinic. I also received training at the UConn School of Medicine in Trauma-Focused CBT for adolescents with PTSD under Julian Ford.
Prior to internship, I completed a year-long externship at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Dr. Edna Foa where I provided exposure-based treatments for anxiety disorders in young adults and adults. I received intensive training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, and Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I completed a 3-year research and clinical externship at the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University (DBT-RU) where I received intensive DBT training from Dr. Shireen Rizvi and provided individual and group DBT treatment to adults with BPD. I published and presented on topics related to school refusal, therapy homework compliance, therapeutic alliance, and treatment outcome. Additionally, I spent 2 years at Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine at Monument Square, a primary care clinic that offers various behavioral medicine services across the lifespan.
I have published several peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, and have presented at numerous professional conferences. I am an active member and am on the program committee of the International Society for the Implementation and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) and I am a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). I am on the editorial board for the DBT Bulletin and serve as a peer reviewer for various journals including Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. I serve as a member on the program scholarship fund committee for DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC).