Profile of Dr. Maribel Gonzalez
Dr. Maribel Gonzalez obtained her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. She also completed certifications in Bullying Prevention from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at Clemson University, Neurofeedback from EEG Spectrum and Hypnotherapy from the Milton Erickson Institute. Dr. Gonzalez led the development and implementation of a research based social and emotional prevention program for school-aged children for which she participated in development programs from MIT, Stanford University and Babson University.
During internship, she worked at First Hospital Panamericano, a premier mental health residential facility, where she gained experience as primary therapist for the adolescent, addiction, adult and geriatric unit. Soon after, Dr. Gonzalez established her private practice where she performed individual psychotherapy services to adults and teens as well as performed psychometric evaluations. She also provided pro-bono consultation to different non-for-profit organizations and schools in areas related to mental health and social emotional development contributing to organizations such as Sandy Hook Foundation, Ricky Martin Foundation, Character Counts, etc. Dr. Gonzalez also co-authored two books, various research studies and several peer reviewed articles on bullying, school culture and interpersonal dynamics during the school years. During the past ten years, she has pursued additional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Throughout her career, Dr. Gonzalez has been strongly committed to helping children, teens and adults manage current issues and develop the skills they need to be successful in life. Foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she draws on techniques to help clients gain new skills to regulate their emotions, appropriately react to their thoughts and feelings, and practice behaviors that are aligned with their values and goals. Her CBT training background also allows her to also include techniques from this research based therapy to improve mood, interpersonal relationships and distress tolerance in individuals with Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Coping Skills Difficulties, Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD symptoms.