Meet Our Therapists

Kassandra Cerda, Psy.D.

Resident Psychologist

Feeling lost, confused, or misunderstood is a natural experience. However, when we are faced with chronic feelings of discomfort, our lives and relationships can become severely disrupted. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to identify, express, and process difficult thoughts and emotions.

As your therapist, I will provide you with a warm, safe space to explore your inner world and enhance your self-understanding. With this insight, you can reclaim power over your emotions and behavior to make choices that are more aligned with your personal goals.

"It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self."

- D.W. Winnicott

Training and Education

I am a Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident working toward my New York State licensure. I received my Doctoral Degree in School-Clinical Psychology and Masters of Science in Education from Pace University. I also received a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University. 

My clinical approach is rooted in psychodynamic theory, although I infuse elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy as needed. I work with patients using a trauma-sensitive and developmentally-informed approach that is supportive and collaborative. I believe in the power of play and creativity as tools in psychotherapy, and I use these mediums to help patients access their internal world. 

I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan. However, my clinical focus is adolescents and young adult populations, as I am interested in attachment, identity formation, and issues of separation-individuation. 

I have trained in various settings including schools, community-based outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, and day treatment centers. Through these experiences, I have had the opportunity to provide long-term psychotherapy as well as short-term, symptom-based psychotherapy and crisis intervention. 

I am also extensively trained in cognitive, neuropsychological, academic, and personality assessment. After years of interfacing with school systems, I have developed comfort in navigating the special education process to help families receive and maintain educational services. I am also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where I have taught graduate courses in Child and Adolescent Assessment and Consultation.