Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Black has been licensed as a psychologist in New York since 2005. Dr. Black received her B.A. in Psychology from Bates College, with academic and scientific honors including a thesis researching eating disorders. After several years working in mental health facilities, she continued on to receive her Doctorate in Psychology from the Virginia Consortium, which includes the College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University. Dr. Black completed extensive child, family and adult therapy training in her doctoral program as well as intensive child, adolescent, family and play therapy training during her internship at the Astor Home for Children. In addition, Dr. Black’s doctoral dissertation focused on the assessment of childhood trauma.
Over the past decade Dr. Black has continually served children, families, and adults in hospital, clinic, and educational settings. She has worked with children and adolescents in residential treatment at the Bennington School in Vermont and also provided a wide range of clinical services to a diverse population of children and families at the St. Mary‘s Children‘s Mental Health Clinic, which serves New York’s Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, and Montgomery counties. Throughout her career, Dr. Black has also worked extensively with multiple public and private schools; she can effectively assist parents and students in successfully navigating often challenging academic systems.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Black is currently a clinical supervising psychologist for the Capital District Psychiatric Center’s Child and Adolescent treatment unit. She provides therapy for children and families throughout Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties, serves as a consultant to specialized educational programs for children with mental health difficulties, and is a clinical supervisor for child, adolescent, and family therapists.
Dr. Black is trained and can provide therapeutic services in a number of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, play therapy and both structural and strategic family therapies. However, Dr. Black always chooses the specific methods and modalities of treatment through a collaborative process with each individual and family. Dr. Black believes that the active involvement of each person provides the greatest power for a positive outcome.