Meet Our Therapists
Laura DeRubeis-Byrne, Ph.D.
Humans are creatures of connection, and we have evolved to be in the community of others. When we experience multiple events throughout our lifetime in which we do not feel safe to share our truth with others, we often close ourselves off from love and connection. Most people have a yearning to be seen, felt, and heard by others. Often misunderstandings and emotional wounding stem from not feeling seen and heard by others, and from pushing others away and not letting them in. What would happen if you were able to feel seen and heard?
What would you say if you were given safe space to share your truth at this moment in time? How would your life change if you were more emotionally available to hear others around you and allow them into your life? In my clinical work I seek to provide safe supportive space starting where you are, helping you to uncover aspects of your life, experiences, and relationships not in alignment which significantly impacts your ability to function at your fullest potential. The therapeutic intention is to support you in integrating an embodied life to step into a more holistic authentic version of yourself.
Training and Education
I am a Licensed Psychologist in New York State. I earned my Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University’s Derner School of Psychology, specializing in child, adolescent, and family treatment. My Doctoral research was on understanding the intrapsychic process of high school students during guided meditation. I employ a warm client-centered, eclectic therapeutic approach, with a clinical emphasis on the integration of meditation and mindfulness techniques stemming from a psychodynamic orientation. I specialize in helping patients particularly with embodied trauma, and integrate TF-CBT, CBT, ACT and DBT techniques.
I received my clinical training from an array of institutions and facilities in New York City including Mount Sinai Beth Israel adult/geriatric inpatient (research), the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and the Maimonides Medical Center child/adolescent outpatient track and the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, I was a front-line worker, on-site at multiple skilled nursing home facilities. I provided psychotherapy to medically ill patients and helped them to process end of life, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and PTSD. We incorporated breath work, guided imagery, bodyscanning and progressive relaxation techniques.
I am certified as a Yoga Instructor by Yoga Alliance and ISHTA Yoga. I combine Hatha, Tantra and Ayurvedic and Mindfulness practices in my work. I co-founded the Yoga Accessibility Project to bring together clinical mental health practices with yoga philosophy and practice. Over the past 18 years, I have cultivated an integrative awareness of guided meditation and mindfulness practices which I incorporate into my clinical practice as Psychologist. I apply these skills in my work with patients on embodied trauma.
In addition to my clinical work, I have been an Adjunct Professor at NYU and Lehman College as well as a Teaching Fellow at Adelphi University where I taught human development across the lifespan and research methods to undergraduate and graduate students. As a clinician, professor and former principal dancer in New York City for 9 years, I seek to allow clients and students to actualize their full potential and creative spark.