Meet Our Therapists

Dr. Katherine Alvarez

Licensed Psychologist

Life contains ebbs and flows, and often the difficulty lies in how we navigate these different phases. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of self-compassion and strive to create an open and non-judgmental therapy space in which clients feel as though they can show up as their most authentic selves.

I utilize a holistic, culturally-informed, and integrative approach to treatment that takes into consideration the importance of recognizing an individual’s lived experience. I believe that a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship is vital to building comfort in the therapy space. I approach treatment through a client-centered, relational lens, while blending skills-based, cognitive-behavioral, exposure and response prevention, and psychodynamic therapy approaches.  Through these approaches, I help those I work with develop a growth-mindset as they heal and build on their strengths. 

Growing up as the child of immigrant parents is an integral part of my personal background and has had a significant impact on how I navigate the mental health field. Subsequently, I’ve developed a special interest in exploring intergenerational trauma and how it affects the way individuals move through and understand the world around them. Navigating one’s own cultural identity can be a deeply personal process, and I believe it is a privilege to join clients along their journey of self-understanding and exploration. 

“Most big transformations come about from the hundreds of tiny, almost imperceptible, steps we take along the way.”

Training and Education

I am a Licensed Psychologist in the states of New York and California. In my undergraduate studies I majored in Psychology and minored in Child Studies and Family Development, after which I earned a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology at Pace University’s School-Clinical Psychology Program. 

I am trained to work with children, adolescents, and young adults and received my training at various public and private institutions across New York and California- including elementary schools, therapeutic day school programs, community mental health clinics, and foster care agencies, where I’ve provided individual therapy, group therapy, and parent coaching to clients and families with a variety of presentations. I am also trained in providing psychoeducational assessment services, as well as providing support to parents seeking assistance in supporting their children with neurodiverse presentations such as ADHD and Specific Learning Disorders. Lastly, I have completed training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for treating OCD and Anxiety Disorders and have a particular passion for the education and de-stigmatization of OCD.