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Dr. Patricia Fernandez, Ph.D

Psychologist

Dr. Fernandez is a licensed psychologist who has provided assessments in high school and college settings, in urban and suburban settings and has also assessed English Language Learners (Spanish).  She has provided this service in various settings, including high schools, colleges and residential facilities, and has assessed students for emotional disorders and learning disabilities.   She obtained an Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and subsequently obtained her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at New York University.   Dr. Fernandez has worked with Committees on Special Education to clarify the results of testing and assist the committees in providing effective strategies and skill building for students.  During testing sessions, she works to put her clients at ease and utilize testing as a snapshot of their current skills, with the idea that they will be active participants in their own metacognition (thinking about ones thinking) so that they can be better able to learn how they learn best and practice the skills they need to improve their learning experience in school and other settings. She also has a part-time private practice and provides individual, family and couples therapy. Outside of her professional work, she enjoys studying languages, watching foreign films/crime dramas and reading.

Specialties

Reading Disorder

Writing Disorder

Math Disorder

Executive Functioning

ADHD

Depression

Anxiety

Ages

6th - 8th Grade

High School

College

Adult / Post-graduate

About

Patricia

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I am passionate about helping students with learning differences as school is a place where students spend the bulk of their days. If they are miserable and begin to feel defeated at an early age, this can have a profound effect on their emotional well-being and self-esteem. Becoming aware of how they learn best can be the key to improving their ability to be successful not only in school but in their personal lives.

What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?

I have always been interested in learning about emotions and neurological issues; my initial interest was in going to medical school. However, as I started to take courses in psychology, I became interested in assisting others to become mindful of their own emotions and working to be effective in their lives. As I started working in various settings, I decided to devote my professional life to working with clients from all walks of life in achieving their personal and emotional goals.

What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?

I usually work with people to identify when they first remember becoming anxious about learning and whether they ever had positive experiences in school settings. Usually that can give us an idea of the origins of their problems and how they may have increased over time. We can also talk about how understandable anxiety is, when one is unsure of their own skills and is comparing themselves to others. Learning about how anxiety affects school performance can be a long process and the client needs assistance and support in understanding that anxiety is something that can be worked with.

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