Clinical Psychologist in New York City

Cidna Valentin, Ph.D

Clinical Psychologist | Clinical Director and Supervisor

Do you feel uncertain about starting therapy? Does it feel daunting to begin? Choosing to engage in psychotherapy can be a daunting endeavor. The uncertainty of the process and of the revelations to uncover can make us feel apprehensive about whether to commit or not. Yet, when we allow fear of stigma, judgment, and the perception of personal weakness to be barriers to caring for our mental well-being, we continue to suffer and deny ourselves the opportunity to realize our healthiest potential. No matter the problem or conflict that brings us to therapeutic spaces, the empathic and intimate relationship between a therapist and client, by which emotional aches are more closely examined and treated, can alone be healing.

As a clinician of diverse cultural experiences, as well as personal background, I value culturally-relevant and integrative evidence-based practice. I have flexibility in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal therapeutic approaches. I am most adept with adolescents and adults, although I have experience working with clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings, practicing most recently in global mental health. Through the lens of social justice, I am dedicated to creating healing spaces for people of color and underserved communities.

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • Depression/Mood disorders
  • Underserved and Marginalized Communities
  • Expatriates/Global Mental Health/International Psychology
  • Migration/Acculturation stress
  • Racial Stress
  • Haitian Mental Health
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Maternal Mental Health/Perinatal Psychology

Clinical Experience and Education:

  • Training and Quality Improvement Psychologist, Zanmi Lasante|Partners in Health (PIH), Haiti
  • Certification in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Global Mental Health Institute, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Pre-doctoral Intern, Jewish Board for Family and Child Services (JBFCS)
  • Clinical Fellowship, Medgar Evers College Counseling Center
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University

Click here to schedule an appointment with Cidna.

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