“Dr. Damico has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in both clinical and academic settings.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by compassionate role models. Hearing stories about my grandfather being raised in an orphanage and wondering why some people in Penn Station didn’t have food, clothing, and shelter inspired me to help others. Throughout high school and college, I enjoyed learning about psychology, helping friends/family, and volunteering in nonprofit organizations. I am here to help you; it's my pleasure and mission.
What should someone know about working with you?
I listen carefully and think through your concerns objectively, and I will help you look at your situation (past, current, and future) from multiple perspectives. Homework is suggested to help you make progress in between sessions. I work with adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns (which may include a difficult partner with or without a personality disorder and/or difficult decisions to consider), fertility/adoption and parenting concerns, and adjustments to transitions (e.g., grief/loss, graduation, job/career change, relocation, a break up, marriage, separation/divorce, or becoming a parent). My mission is to help you, and I genuinely wants you to feel better as soon as possible. I am warm and accepting, and I utilizes stress reduction and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) strategies. Additionally, I conduct psychological/neuropsychological testing if requested. Fear of the unknown is universal, especially when experiencing a life transition or challenging time. People need people (even introverts), you are not alone, and you are braver and stronger than you realize.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I stay abreast on changes in the field routinely, and I place a very high value on this. I attend conferences, read books/journals, and discuss new topics with colleagues (some of whom I have known since 1994 when I started working at a nonprofit organization in a large psychology/traumatic brain injury department). I have worked with teams of very high-achieving psychologists, psychiatrists, and other medical providers.
“I listen carefully and think through your concerns objectively, and I will help you look at your situation (past, current, and future) from multiple perspectives.”