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Meet Raffaella

About Me

The primary imperative of a physician is to be skilled in medical science, but if he or she does not probe a patient's soul, then the doctor's care is giving without caring, and part of the sacred mission of healing is missing.

I am a Clinical Psychologist and I offer individual therapy for adults, adolescents and children. My primary interests include Child Development, Parenting, Personality, and Cross-Cultural Adjustment. I primarily adopt a psychodynamic approach to therapy whose roots lie in the work of Sigmund Freud but came to incorporate theories from many other psychologists interested in insight-oriented therapy. Episode 5 of the Mind, Body and Soul in Healing podcast, “What is Dynamic Psychotherapy and Does it Work?”provides a thorough explanation of this psychotherapy modality.

In my work, I value knowledge and care. I believe that good theoretical foundations and extensive training are fundamental for this work as is the capacity to hold a stance of curiosity and continuous learning. However, knowledge and curiosity alone are not enough to promote healing. I find that the capacity to care for my patients in a way that makes them feel listened to and understood  is essential for a good outcome. It is my hope that my patients feel they are in the hands of someone who is both knowledgeable and caring.

I started my private practice in New York City in 2016 after having worked for several years in outpatient clinics in New York City and in Italy.

I first pursued my graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy, and completed my clinical training at the San Raffaele Hospital’s outpatient and inpatient psychiatric unit in 2008. In this setting, I specialized in the study and treatment of Personality Disorders and was awarded a fellowship to train at the Personality Disorder Institute of Weill-Cornell, New York, which I completed.


I then  pursued a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University, New York, and trained in a variety of settings, mainly focusing on working with children, adolescents, and their families. My training in child therapy was completed at the Child Development Center of The Jewish Board of Families and Children’s Services (JBFCF), at the Saint Dominic’s Family Services, and at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, working with a wide age range of children.

Yes, I provide both tele-health and in-person therapy. 

I accept Highmark and Quest Behavioral Health insurance. If you do not have either of these insurance plans, I can provide you with the necessary documents to file claims with your insurance. Tap the Make Appointment button below to reach out to me. 

My office is located at 191 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Suite W10, where I conduct in-person appointments. I also provide tele-health appointments. 

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