About Dr. Vasquez
Dr. Vasquez is a licensed psychologist based in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has over 18 years of experience working in the field of clinical psychology. Although born and raised in Connecticut, Dr. Vasquez has previously lived and practiced up and down the east coast, and has held professional licenses in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.
Dr. Vasquez, a Connecticut native, obtained her BA in Psychology and Spanish Studies from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She completed her clinical internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and soon after, relocated to New York State. Fast forward several years, and Dr. Vasquez finally landed and settled in Fairfield County, CT.
Dr. Vasquez has extensive experience working with both inpatient and outpatient populations in a variety of settings (rehabilitation, crisis residential, and multidisciplinary centers). Her early career experiences at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health and The Psychiatric Institute of Washington helped solidify her interests in chronic illnesses and psychological trauma, two areas that have been mainstays of her clinical work.
In addition to providing individual and group psychotherapy, Dr. Vasquez has experience in grant-writing, designing research protocols, program evaluation, developing treatment interventions, crisis intervention, and psychological evaluation and assessment. Among her clinical strengths are crisis management skills, the ability to rapidly develop rapport with patients, and the ability to provide individually-tailored approaches to treatment adapting cognitive-behavioral, solution-oriented, or psychodynamic psychotherapy as needed. She has specialized experience in managing individuals exposed to trauma and/or struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Upon moving back to her home state, Dr. Vasquez took several years off from professional work to raise her family. She opened a private practice in Trumbull in 2013, and soon after, moved to Fairfield, where she now provides services in two locations: on the Black Rock Turnpike and at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.
It can be difficult to find a psychologist who will best serve your needs. Rest assured that Dr. Vasquez not only has the experience and clinical training to expertly navigate a wide range of issues, but she also treats you as a whole person with unique needs. Her understanding and compassion makes you feel as though you are truly being heard. Dr. Vasquez's comprehensive training and experience coupled with her doctoral degree ensure that she is treating you in the most compassionate, efficient, scientifically-sound manner, using evidenced-based practices, as well.
My practice specializes in the treatment of adults, adolescents, and children struggling with stressful life events. I am uniquely qualified to provide both individual and small group psychotherapy to a variety of individuals. I especially enjoy working with those dealing with past or recent traumas, diagnoses of illness, infertility, parenting struggles, pre-and post-partum depression, chronic pain, social or relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Because everyone is different and presents with differing needs and expectations, my goal is to develop a individualized treatment plan that uniquely fits you and evolves with your progress in therapy.
Constant learning is my passion, and I spent a number of years focusing on various schools of psychology throughout my training. Never one to fit into one certain area, I spent most of my actual graduate school years focusing on cognitive behavioral (CBT) approaches to psychotherapy. At the same time, I had numerous supervision and clinical experiences from another school of psychotherapy entirely, the psychodynamic school of treatment.
As a result of my extensive training and experience, I am able to rely on a variety of approaches and am better equipped to help people reach their goals in therapy, as I can utilize both CBT and psychodynamic schools of thought while we work together to help you manage your struggles.
A Note from the Doctor...
Making the call for the first appointment with a new therapist is almost like a “first date.” I prefer to use the first phone call and our initial session as a primary way to see how we work with one another. I am a firm believer that psychotherapy is a collaborative process, not one where the therapist simply listens passively, and not one where a therapist provides advice. Instead, I want to use our initial session to learn about you – what brought you to seek treatment, what your strengths are, what your current coping mechanisms are – and most importantly, what your goals are. Together, in therapy, the goal is to enable you to draw on your existing strengths and current support systems, as well as to develop new ones. When we work together, the therapy becomes more meaningful to you and by making it more meaningful, the progress you make becomes long-lasting.
compassion. experience. quality.