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Dr. Valentina Stoycheva
Dr. Valentina Stoycheva

Dr. Valentina Stoycheva received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the DernerInstitute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. She completed her pre-doctoralinternship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklynand a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in military and trauma psychology at the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Personnel and their Families, North Shore-LIJ. There, she utilized empirically-based treatments for trauma and depression disorders, as well as couples and family psychotherapy. Dr. Stoycheva has worked extensively within the field of trauma—ranging from early childhood abuse to domestic violence, to surviving natural disasters and war-related trauma—as well as with anxiety and panic disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. The scope of her experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her approach is integrative, blending psychodynamic, relational, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical- behavioral techniques, tailored individually for each client. Dr. Stoycheva has also held a two-year Research Fellowship at the Pacella Parent-Child Center, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level college courses and has contributed over a dozen publications and presentations in the fields of trauma, family dynamics, and the psychotherapy process. Currently, she is finishing a book on unconscious processes, to be published by the Guilford Press.