About Me

Dr. Lydiana Garcia

licensed psychologist PSY24888

I was born and raised in the tropical Island of Puerto Rico. I obtained  a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the Inter American University in Puerto Rico. I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to complete the pre-doctoral internship, and I fell in love with the city, the state, the people and the many adventures and sceneries that California offered.

Part of my professional experience includes working with children and families that survived childhood abuse (including sexual abuse) and domestic violence, Spanish-Speaking, and dealing with immigration status related-issues. I also have experience offering therapy in schools, homes and in the community. In 2015, I started my private practice, and since then, I have been working mostly with adults.

My areas of expertise include the following: trauma/sexual abuse, teens/young adults, and motherhood. I also have experience conducting psychological assessments with children and adults, and for immigration purposes.

I have taught graduate-level psychology classes at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, and at Antioch in LA. I also have worked as a clinical supervisor to graduate Ph.D’s, Psy.D’s, MFT’s students and prelicensed therapists. Currently, I am supervising two registered psychological assistants.

I am trained in the following evidence-based practices: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Seeking Safety, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). These models have been used in clinical trials and research and have been found helpful in treating what they intend to treat.

Besides being a psychologist, I enjoy spending time with my adventure-driven toddler son and husband. We enjoy going hiking, biking, traveling, and exploring diverse cuisines.