Dr. Beth Wecksell, PsyD
Beth is a bilingual (Spanish-English) NYS Licensed Psychologist. She received a Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University in 2013, and an M.S.Ed. in School Psychology in 2011. She attended Tufts University for her Bachelor’s degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2004.
Beth provides therapy to individuals, groups and families across the lifespan. She specializes in treating trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, natural disasters, bereavement and other distressing personal experiences. In addition, she commonly provides treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and relationship problems among intimate partners and family members.
Beth utilizes an eclectic therapeutic framework in which she tailors the interventions to the person’s needs and strengths. She draws from psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Across approaches, she has found it especially beneficial to incorporate mindfulness-based techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, visualization and body scanning. Beth believes strongly in the importance of slowing down and connecting to the present moment in order to promote wellness.
Beth’s professional background has encompassed a range of settings and populations, such as the following: evidence-based treatment of children and families in foster care, trauma-focused therapy for veterans, psychological testing of hospitalized individuals, counseling and IEP evaluations of elementary and middle school students, and long-term supportive psychotherapy of high-functioning individuals.
Beth became fluent in Spanish as an adult when she taught English in Costa Rica while living with host families. She continued to utilize Spanish as a psychologist in New York, as well as during her postdoctoral fellowship at a VA Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Beth relishes any opportunity to learn about other cultures, and thus strives to cultivate a therapeutic atmosphere that celebrates one’s cultural identity and uses it as a guiding force for positive change.