Sasha Mondragon, Ph.D

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Sasha MondragonDr. Sasha Mondragon is a licensed psychologist with approximately ten years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings and with a variety of clients. She views psychotherapy as an opportunity for clients to process difficult life experiences, increase self-awareness and self-acceptance, and move toward creating a fulfilling life with meaningful relationships. Dr. Mondragon uses an integrative approach that is largely based on the assumption that the clients have the strength within them to find peaceful and meaningful connections within themselves, with others, and with the world around them. Her approach to therapy combines interpersonal, humanistic, existential, attachment, and cognitive behavioral methods. Finally, Dr. Mondragon believes that much of the change that occurs in therapy comes from the relationship built between the client and the therapist. Thus, she encourages open communication, self-reflection, and direct feedback in sessions.

Dr. Mondragon was raised in Wyoming, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at the University of Utah. She then earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Brigham Young University. As a doctoral student, Dr. Mondragon worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with a wide range of clients, including adults who experienced depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance abuse/dependence, trauma, grief/loss, and eating disorders. She also completed evaluations for adults, adolescents, and children with academic concerns/inattention, and Autism/other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Dr. Mondragon completed her predoctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas where she worked with Veterans who experienced trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, substance abuse/addiction, grief/loss, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and dementia. Dr. Mondragon enjoys working with Veterans, and in addition to providing psychotherapeutic services to Veterans at New Directions she volunteers with a Veterans organization in the Pittsburgh area.

Dr. Mondragon has been in the Pittsburgh area for one year, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors or with her loved ones, including her two dogs.