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.