Kelsey Lacativa Psy.D.

Dr. Kelsey Lacativa is a child and clinical post doctoral fellow

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Dr. Kelsey Lacativa is a passionate clinical and school psychologist with extensive experience helping children, adolescents, and their families to promote positive change, wellness, and resiliency to reach their potential.

Personal statement:

I am a spirited and enthusiastic clinical psychologist postdoctoral fellow specializing in working with children, adolescents, and their families. My goal is to best promote positive change and action in all the clients that I serve. I use unconditional positive regard, congruency, and empathic understanding to create a safe space and build a supportive therapeutic alliance. I have a wide variety of professional experiences ranging from working with children and adolescents in Westchester schools, to residential treatment centers, community clinics, and private practice. I’ve encountered clients with a range of presenting problems from internalizing and externalizing behaviors to neurodiversity (ADHD, ASD, sensitivity) and symptoms related to trauma/loss in development. All individuals have their own identity, purpose, background, and personality; therefore, I believe it is necessary to approach and treat each of my clients through an integrated and individualized lens. I strive to assist each of my clients in achieving their wellness goals with the courage to reach their full potential.


M.A. in General Psychology and Psy.D. in Combined Clinical-School Child Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University.

My Toolbox

  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Person-centered/Humanistic Foundation (Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathic understanding, congruence, strengths-based)
  • Psychodynamic framework (attachment, defenses, unconscious forces, relational psychotherapy)
  • Explicit Content and Skill Development (DBT skills, cognitive-behavioral psychoeducation, skill building, practices for regulation, expression, and awareness)
  • Mentalization
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy