DR. PABLO PAGÁN RIVERA, PsyD-L


Therapist

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Locations:
Andersonville & The Loop
Languages I Speak: English & Spanish

Not Accepting New Clients

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Acculturation & Immigration
  • Anger Management
  • Chronic Pain & Illness
  • Eating Disorders & Food Management
  • Family & Relationship Conflict
  • Gender Exploration, Expression & Identity Affirmation
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Kink, Sex Positivity & Sex Work
  • Mood Disorders (Bipolar, Depression, Major Depression)
  • Personality Disorders (Antisocial, Borderline, etc.)
  • Psychosis
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Social & Restorative Justice
  • Transgender & Transitioning
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Veteran’s Issues

CLIENTS I WORK WITH

  • Families (Chosen, Family of Origin, Single Parents)
  • Individuals (Adults, Seniors)
  • Relationships (Couples, Open, Polyamorous/Polycule, Premarital, Separation/Divorce)

PHILOSOPHY

I believe psychotherapy is a journey towards discovering and connecting with our authentic self. I think that authenticity begins with self-awareness, and that curiosity is essential for the exploration of our needs and values, and for building meaningful relationships. I see the relationship with my clients as the context for growth and healing, and strive to create an environment that promotes safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment. My interpersonal style is warm, compassionate, genuine, open-minded, and non-judgmental, assuring that the client’s voice and perspectives are valued, and their resources, capacity for change and resilience are recognized.

THERAPY WITH ME

As a clinician, I aim to provide a secure base for clients to explore their pain and accept their vulnerability in a way that leaves them stronger and more flexible. Using a trauma-informed lens, I seek to help clients gain greater awareness of their needs and values, make connections between their past experiences and presenting problems, and develop new skills and resources. During our sessions, I focus on meeting client needs in a safe, collaborative, and compassionate manner; building on their strengths and resilience; and exploring ways to effectively cope, regulate, and transform their emotional experience. Likewise, I use a combination of mind-body strategies to help clients understand how our memories, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our physical and mental health.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

License:

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (License No. 071010663)

Degrees:

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Albizu University
  • MS in Clinical Psychology, Albizu University
  • BA in Psychology, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

Certifications:

  • Certified Group Psychotherapist (Certification No. 70979) – International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists

Specialized Trainings:

  • EMDR International Association Approved EMDR Training
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1, The Gottman Institute

TYPES OF THERAPY

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Body-Mind Psychotherapy, Breathwork, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotion-Focused Individual & Couples Therapy, Existential Psychotherapy, Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Family Attachment Narrative Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Group Therapy, Humanistic Psychology, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy), Positive Psychology, Relational-Cultural Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).