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.
Please welcome our new psychologist: Dr. Keisha C. White!
Dr. White earned her Bachelor Degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, double majoring in Dance and Psychology. Dr. White trained as psychologist in New Jersey, New York City, and California completing her Masters of Educational Psychology at Montclair State University, her School Psychology Professional Diploma from Fordham University, and her Doctorate in School Clinical Child Psychology at Pace University. Her work has focused on helping individuals with anxiety, trauma, depression, special-education assessment, Individual Education Plans (IEP), and fostercare/adoption therapy.
Dr. White has worked in hospital (inpatient and residential), college psychological services, outpatient clinics, as well as, school and bome-based settings.
Dr. White obtained her pre and post-doctoral internship and fellowship training in California completing her pre-doctoral internship at Pacific Clinics in Monrovia Ca, her post-doctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH). Dr. White is currently a licensed psychologist in California, a
Nationally Registered Heatlh Service Psychologist, and has a Limited Permit in New York working under Dr. Laracuenta.
As an African American women growing up in multicultural and ethnically diverse communities (in New Jersey and New York), Dr. White understands the interrelated impact of diverse cultures, individual differences, and environmental contexts on the development and worldviews of individuals. She recognizes the importance yet challenges with having multifaceted identities (e.g., race, age, sexual identity, religion, socio-economic status, education, personal interests…etc) and remaining “true to self,” while engaging in mainstream culture.
With this knowledge, Dr. White continues to instill in herself (as well as her clients) the importance of maintaining mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness practices, as well as, feelings of HOPE, self-acceptance, and the understanding that the experiences she has had and the choices she has made are not finite and do not solely define her identity. She and her clients are both “agents of change,” constantly progressing, and continuously developing through this journey called life.