I know what it’s like to have severe anxiety.

Originally from South America, I felt incredibly anxious as I experienced culture shock and language barriers when I came to the US as a young adult.  My anxiety made it more difficult to communicate since I couldn’t understand or speak well enough to be understood.  Feeling helpless, I found myself avoiding phone calls or relying on my brother for help.  In fact, I still get nervous when it comes to public speaking even many years after learning English and countless presentations.

So I understand how you’re feeling.

I’m Joyce Szentpaly, a licensed psychologist serving Miami, FL, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Coral Gables, Brickell, Doral, Pinecrest, and South Miami. My own struggles sparked my interest in the best ways to overcome anxiety, which turned into my specialty when I became a psychologist. 

I’m proof that you don’t have to let anxiety stop you from living your life.

Because I didn’t quit doing the things that I value and enjoy, now I’m able to help people overcome depression and many types of anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, social anxiety/social phobia, fear and phobias, maladaptive perfectionism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and related conditions like hoarding, Body Dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB). And I can do it with more empathy and compassion, having been in my clients’ shoes.

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Being a clinical psychologist not only has taught me about mental health and mental illness, but most importantly how to help others and oneself. I like to work collaboratively with people, finding common goals. My treatment of choice is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which is a structured intervention that focuses in learning about negative or unhelpful thinking patterns, ways to manage emotions, gain effective coping strategies, improve communication and problem-solving skills among others. I also use Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), a specific type of CBT. Although having a plan facilitates the therapy process, I am also flexible, recognize individual differences and like to meet people where they are at, and adapt to their pace. I am open and honest, provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment, offer support and encouragement, and welcome feedback.

I’m ready to help you take your next step towards the life you want.

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The Official Bio

Joyce A. Szentpaly, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, FL PY#9420

Joyce A. Szentpaly, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, specializes in the assessment and treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders.  Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, she helps adolescents, adults, and families gain awareness and learn strategies to effectively manage and overcome difficulties using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  Her areas of expertise also include relationship/communication issues, parenting training, peer relationships, social skills training, and stress management.

Dr. Szentpaly holds primary and advanced training certifications in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy and techniques from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.  Additionally, she attended the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and has presented lectures on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at state local and national conferences.  Before entering private practice, she worked in community mental health centers facilitating therapy and support groups geared to skills building, cognitive restructuring, and healthy lifestyle practice.  Her areas of interest also include academic work, higher education, supervision, and consultation in the mental health field.

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