Alexandra de Waal, Psy.D.
Dr. Alexandra de Waal is a Licensed Psychologist working with adults, teens, children, and couples/families. She practices a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic, insight-oriented and systemic therapy, integrating techniques dependent on the unique needs of each client. Dr. de Waal obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a Master’s Degree in Psychology at The New School for Social Research where she performed psychological research and received intensive training in addictions counseling. She has worked with individuals with substance use disorders, working as an intensive outpatient therapist performing DBT and group therapy focusing on relapse prevention and recovery.
During her doctoral training, Dr. de Waal trained at a college counseling center, providing individual psychotherapy to college students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status, as well as with international students and veterans. She also trained on an acute psychiatric inpatient unit and psychiatric emergency room at Kings County Medical Center. In addition, Dr. de Waal completed her Doctoral internship at a state psychiatric facility providing psychotherapy to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
In research and clinical practice, Dr. de Waal specializes in early intervention, working with adolescents and young adults struggling with prodromal symptoms of psychosis and first episode of psychosis. She is an advocate for patient-centered-care early in life in order to prevent increased symptoms of mental illness and maladaptive or destructive coping mechanisms.
Dr. de Waal currently holds a position as Clinical Director for a non-profit organization that works with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to provide mental health services to individuals who have a mental illness and are involved with the criminal justice system. She performs forensic evaluations to enhance clients’ ability to receive the treatment they need as opposed to continued incarceration.
Dr. de Waal aspires to develop a connection with her clients that embodies trust and increased awareness while strengthening the ego. Both personally and clinically, she enjoys art and music, incorporating them into her work with teens and adults as a way to process difficult emotions and to help self-soothe the mind. She runs a weekly mindfulness group with a team of early career clinicians that aims to capture and nurture every individual’s unique sense of self so that they are able to thrive and live life to the fullest.