Theresa DeSantis, Ph.D. - Director
Dr. DeSantis’ career started as an emergency and trauma registered nurse. She left the nursing field because of a strong desire to help others in a different way and she attained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University in 2004. She established this practice in 2006 to focus on both clinical and forensic areas. Her clinical areas of expertise are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, couples counseling, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, stressors unique to law enforcement personnel, addictions of all types, and sexual issues.
On the forensic side, her specialty is in all types of criminal behavior, profiling, psychological assessments, psychosexual assessments, risk to the community assessments, and treatment of mandated clients who present with substance abuse problems, mental health issues, or sexual crimes. The treatment she provides is eclectic based where various empirically proven approaches are used that are solely dependent on the client’s individual needs and abilities to achieve a positive outcome. Dr. DeSantis selects staff members carefully and they all believe that people deserve to be treated without judgment regardless of their racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, or presenting problem is. “People do not fit neatly into textbook theory or pre-constructed boxes. Every person is unique and that needs to be respected by clinicians without bias. One person’s needs and issues are not the same as someone else’s.”