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Working with others is a true passion of Dr. Ortiz's and where she feels the most alive! She is a warm and open person and believes that positive energy is contagious. Most people find her very easy to talk with and open up to. Dr. Ortiz utilizes a genuine and honest approach and comes from a non-judgmental stance. She wants her clients to feel safe to discuss anything, from day-to-day frustrations to deep feelings and insecurities; she proceeds at your pace. Each of her clients receives an individualized treatment approach that is developed through collaboration between the doctor and client. Dr. Ortiz's approach is flexible to fit your needs at the current time and therefore therapy will evolve to best serve you.
Dr. Ortiz has been working with individuals and families for many years in different capacities. She has worked as a therapist for over ten years. She has worked with foster care children, developed programs for the Boys and Girls Club of America and was a martial arts instructor for many years. Dr. Ortiz has worked in settings from residential psychology settings to private practice, with both adults and children struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders. She has completed mental health assessments for families facing deportation/ removal struggles. Dr. Ortiz has written and edited professional periodicals, as well as self-published a children's book.
Dr. Oritz is recently relocated from Southern California back to her home state of NY. She is a wife and a mother to a two beautiful and spirited little girls; and a playful German Shepherd named Leo.
Psy. D.; Doctor of Psychology, Couples and Family Therapy
Alliant International University, August 2010- December 2015
Masters of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
Syracuse University, August 2007- May 2009
Bachelors of Science, Psychology
James Madison University, August 2002- May 2005
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #001622
Approved Supervisor in CA: 2016
Published articles in Psychology and Behavioral Health Journal on Chronic Pain, Prejudice and Stereotyping, and Marriage and Family Therapists.
Presented a professional poster at the International Family Therapy Conference on "Critiquing Evidence-Based Couple Therapy Models from a Diversity Lens".
Completed Doctorate level research study and dissertation titled "Biracial Identity Formulation: A Three Generational Story", which developed new insights into understanding Biracialism, family dynamics, and identity development.
Edited a mental health encyclopedia, Salem Health: Community& Family Health Issues: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Conditions, and Treatment through Grey-House Publications and wrote the introduction for the entire work.
Self-published a children’s book, "Alexa, What Color Are You(?)", which is a story of an adorable biracial children exploring her identity through the world of color.
Contributing editor for Salem Health: Social Work - 2017
Lead editor for a three volume Principles of Sociology work through Grey-house Publications/ Salem Press - 2019
Expert Panelist for Healing from Birth Trauma events - 2017, 2018
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Professional Member of the Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA)