About Us

Dr. Chanelle Richards, Ph.D.

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of NY, with 14 years of experience treating adults, couples, and adolescents. I have specialized training in psychological and neuropsychological testing, as well as focus in working with professional minorities and women of color.  I practice from an integrative approach and I have extensive experience in treating anxiety and mood disorders, relationship issues, stress management, and major life changes in diverse clinical settings, including correctional facilities, nursing homes and rehabilitative centers, and private practice.

I graduated from the University of Florida with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology in 2005. During my tenure, I participated on a research team focused on developing data-driven approaches and interventions geared toward identifying and addressing the social and cognitive factors that facilitate preventative healthcare behaviors among culturally diverse populations. I subsequently completed my predoctoral internship for Mt. Sinai Services at Elmhurst Hospital Center. I further completed a post-doc in psychological and neuropsychological testing, as well as correctional psychology. 

What to expect when
working with me?

I employ a direct approach toward identifying and implementing the necessary steps to address the immediate goals of my clients, as well as promote insight and skill development for the long-term, self-awareness, and overall growth as an individual. I create a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and accepting environment catered to the individual needs and mutual collaboration of goals. 

This is consistent with my personality, such that I believe in individuality and diversity, as well as the need to understand the perspective of others. An open discourse is imperative. Techniques employed include role-playing, insight building, supportive therapy, identifying cognitive impediments and restructuring such thoughts, as well as practical assignments. 

Hesitant about Therapy?

Seeking help is daunting and commendable and being hesitant is a part of the process. This is normal! Therapy is a way of sharing your thoughts and being vulnerable in a way that you have never experienced. It allows you to get to know yourself better and to eventually become a better you. This is an opportunity for release, a time to be heard, and a place to regain control of your situation. 

We all struggle at various times in our lives and having someone to help support us through adversity has been shown to be successful. You are worth giving yourself an opportunity to address and explore these issues in a safe space. Give therapy a try…it certainly won’t hurt!