I am a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of clinical experience. I completed my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida followed by clinical internship in Medical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital. I completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida Department of Internal Medicine specializing in eating/weight disorders, anxiety, OCD, depression and general stress management. More recently, I have had the privilege of providing mental health services to our nation's veterans, many of whom are adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury or disease (trauma, ALS, MS). I have additional certification in evidence-based treatment for PTSD and trauma.
Although I am trained to provide research-supported therapies for a multitude of emotional and behavioral problems (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness, Exposure Therapy, Behavioral Therapy), I find it very important to individualize therapy based one's unique circumstances and needs. I also understand that sometimes life can just seem a bit overwhelming, and what is most helpful is more general stress management and support through a difficult life transition or situation. Therapy is a collaborative process, and we will work together to determine your specific needs and goals.
I am so glad you are considering some extra support. It certainly takes courage to reach out for help. I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Family, Grief, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar
Psychologist #PY8760 (Expires: 2020-05-31)
Dr.Sciandra is still my weekly companion for around the past 6 months. I don’t know what i would do without her constant support and check ins. She so creative in the ways that she offers help and has such a great personality that makes me laugh and want to open up and have a conversation. Truly amazing experience with her thus far and I don’t see my self wanting to end therapy anytime soon since i see my self improving with it everyday.
Talking to Dr. Sciandra is so comfortable, it’s like you’ve known her for years! She is kind, considerate and genuine. I have made so much progress in the past few months thanks to her. Her caring and expertise has aided me in feeling human again!
Dr. Sciandra has been really great. Sometimes, I just need to vent and she allows me to do just that. She's very warm and welcoming and makes you feel like you're talking to a close friend.
She has been wonderful to me. Helped me through a very hard time in my life.
Dr. Sciandra is just what I needed. Insightful, educated, respectful and honest. I would highly recommend her.
She is definitely an expert in her field. Her knowledge about veterans and their needs makes her a true asset. I feel that she listens and understands my struggles. I instantly felt a connection and trust which is important to me.I could not have asked for a better counselor and I am very pleased to have found her and BetterHelp.
I really like this so far; how Dr. Sciandra responds promptly, listens to me and provides great feedback that helps. She makes me think about my situation, and she also checks on me which is a major plus.
Dr. Sciandra is a loving and caring therapist. It really shows through her counseling when we are on video calls she is genuinely interested in helping you and you don’t feel rushed. She even checks in on you long after you stop responding. I could not have asked for a better therapist! I had to pause BetterHelp, I can’t wait to get back on just to talk to her again and let her know how she has helped me. I don’t know how the pairing system works but if you get her as a therapist you won’t regret it! She has helped me big time with my depression and anxiety so your sanity is in great hands!
Dr. Sciandra is a great listener and very warm. It doesn't seem like I'm talking to a doctor but to a friend. This experience is very helpful to me so far. Thanks!