Gloria Montes de Oca, PhD
I have been practicing psychotherapy since 1999 and I have expertise in providing therapy and psychological evaluations for adults, adolescents, families, and couples. My style of therapy combines cognitive behavioral, positive psychology, and acceptance and commitment approaches for individuals and family, and the Gottman Method for couples therapy.
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), sexual assault issues, eating disorders and body image, couples/relationship issues, gay affirmative therapy, and gender concerns. As mentioned, I focus on solutions, finding what you can do to improve your situation and how to best increase what you are already doing to help yourself so that you can experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I also specialize in psychological and psychoeducational assessment. I am regularly appointed for forensic psychological evaluations and have provided expert witness testimony in criminal, dependency, and family court cases. I have expertise in pre-bariatric surgery assessment and other health assessments.
I am a native of the Miami area, fluent in Spanish, and I also incorporate understanding of cultural and diversity issues into my practice. My training background includes a Ph.D. from the Psychology Department at the University of Florida in 2005 and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 1999. My doctoral dissertation was on eating disorders among Latinas. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral experience at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, in 2003-2004 with specialized training in Trauma Focused CBT treatment of post- September 11th PTSD in children and adults.