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Virginia Boga Psychotherapy, PhD

Virginia Boga graduated magna cum laude from her clinical psychology doctoral program, which was psychodynamic. The initial goal of her treatment is to develop a therapeutic alliance that allows the client to feel at ease. Then, she works with them to understand the dynamics that led to the development of symptoms and to finalize the healing process.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations and Testing
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Emblem Health
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • 1199
  • MagnaCare
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I am flexible and understanding and will always do what I can to try and support my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since the age of 14, I aspired to become a psychologist. Throughout my educational years, I started to narrow down my interests. In clinical training, I received extensive experience in working with children and adolescents. I worked in various settings, including foster care, hospitals, substance abuse programs, and prisons with at-risk youth. These experiences helped me gain knowledge in working with children and teens with a variety of diagnoses, such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Throughout my years of education, I received extensive training in working with adults through community mental health clinics and private practice. I have worked with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. All the years of experience have led to the culmination of my own practice where I offer my skills to help individuals heal.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a psychodynamic clinician with an interest in relational theory. The initial process will involve completing intake forms prior to starting work. The first sessions will be dedicated to developing a therapeutic alliance that provides the client with the comfort needed to open up and explore their history/symptoms. As treatment progresses, the focus will be on understanding the underlying dynamics that have led to these symptoms and then developing healthier strategies to avoid falling into unhealthy patterns. I do not give clients assignments but the expectation is that they continue to think about and work on what was explored in session. I am flexible and understanding and will always do what I can to try and support my clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend conferences, such as those put on by the American Psychological Association or the New York State Psychological Association. I also attend lectures from smaller institutes, such as psychoanalytic programs. I constantly read articles and books to expand on the knowledge I learned throughout my educational years.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a psychodynamic Latina clinician, I try to be mindful of the role our past as well as our culture have in the therapeutic room. I take into consideration the biases we bring into therapy due to our own upbringings and how this can play a role in treatment.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I conducted research on Ataque De Nervios, which is a culturally-bound syndrome. Studying this syndrome helped develop awareness into how different cultures view the world differently and may present their symptoms in a different manner. It helped me to be mindful in therapy and not judge only through my own cultural lens.
“As a psychodynamic Latina clinician, I try to be mindful of the role our past as well as our culture have in the therapeutic room.”
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