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Dominica Hernandez Psychotherapy, PhD

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Dominica Hernandez has over 15 years of experience working predominantly with adults. She specializes in general mental health and behavioral health (e.g., weight loss). Therapy is tailored to each client and based on their identified treatment goals.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Weight Loss
Pay with insurance
  • Anthem
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
Licensed in
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  • Connecticut
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“My path to becoming a therapist stemmed from a passion to reduce mental illness and help others achieve their best self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist stemmed from a passion to reduce mental illness and help others achieve their best self. Growing up, I witnessed firsthand the influence life events and experiences have on mental health. It is our experiences and life events that shape how we view and navigate the world. Therapy provides an open and safe space to process both negative and positive experiences and develop insight into how these events have impacted and shaped the sense of self.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach therapy from an integrative perspective and tailor treatment to each client. In our first couple of sessions, we focus on what brought you to therapy and goals are identified to guide treatment planning. The intake process consists of self-reported measures and a clinical interview where historical and other background information is gathered.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about the work being done to bring more awareness to mental illness and reduce mental health stigma. Though we have made progress, many individuals face barriers to care, including mental health stigma. I’m also excited about the progress being made in understanding the biopsychosocial model of health. The biopsychosocial model examines the interconnection among factors and how they contribute to our wellbeing, including our physical health.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In addition to being a practicing psychologist, I’m also an active research psychologist. My primary research interests include mechanisms of obesity, stress, and psychosocial determinants of health. I’ve been honored to work alongside some of the leading scientists in the areas of eating disorders, obesity, food insecurity, HIV, and health disparity research. My therapeutic approach is informed by my own research and that of my colleagues.
“Therapy provides an open and safe space to process both negative and positive experiences and develop insight into how these events have impacted and shaped the sense of self.”