Dr. Laracuenta earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Marist College in upstate New York. Dr. Laracuenta trained as a psychologist in New York City, completing both her Master’s and Doctorate in School Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University. Her pre and post doctoral work focused on helping individuals with anxiety, trauma and depression. Dr. Laracuenta has worked as a psychologist and instructor through her work at Montefiore Medical Center, Manhattan College and Pace University. For the past decade, she was Associate Clinical Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Training for the Master’s and Doctoral Programs in School Psychology at Fordham University in New York City. Dr. Laracuenta is currently a licensed psychologist in New York and Connecticut, focused primarily on her practice, with two locations in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT.
As a native New Yorker, raised in a Latino family, Dr. Laracuenta often straddled the two worlds of being a part of the majority American culture but also a part of her Puerto Rican culture. Dr. Laracuenta trained as a psychologist in New York City, completing both her Master’s and Doctorate in School Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University. Dr. Laracuenta is now a licensed psychologist in New York and Connecticut.
During her training and after becoming a licensed psychologist, she sought to find her own bicultural reflection and voice in the mental health field. Instead, Dr. Laracuenta found herself in between worlds again without the professional connections and mentors that had similar worldviews and perspectives. Eventually she embraced the beauty in the resiliency, creativity and openness to experiences that develops when one has had the opportunity to dance along the lines of differences and connect to different parts of experiences and one self.