Submitted by Ana Buenaventura PhD ’86
Dr. Ana Buenaventura PhD ’86 received her Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University and her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. She is a graduate of Smith College with a Major in Art History.
She is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychological services to adults and adolescents. She divides her time between clinical practice, and training and supervision. She has a private practice in Washington DC and is the Director of Clinical Training at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. She previously served as the Clinic Director at the Institute for Psychological Sciences’s (IPS) training clinic, the IPS Center for Psychological Services.
She has extensive experience working with clients struggling with the aftereffects of physical and emotional abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, as well as life transitions, including college and early career development. Her specialties include working with people struggling with emotional regulation and “sticky,” “negative,” or “self-sabotaging” modes of thinking.
In addition, she has lived and studied in Asia and the United States and because of this, she has a particular expertise and interest in helping support people struggling to understand multicultural situations and transitions. She has provided professional services in a variety of settings and across age groups in these two continents and in two languages. She has worked with students on college application preparation, and on career education and counseling.