Gloria Montes de Oca

Ph.D., Psychologist

Gloria Montes de Oca

Ph.D., Psychologist

Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a certified professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PY 7546
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
Fees: Therapy: $180.00 per 60-minute session
Psychological Evaluations: $250.00 per hour (or $300.00 per hour for forensic cases)
Evening Availability

Offices

1550 Madruga Avenue
Suite 510
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

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My Approach to Helping

I am a dedicated psychologist with two decades of experience counseling individuals, couples and families. My style of therapy combines cognitive behavioral, positive psychology, and acceptance and commitment approaches for individuals and family, and the Gottman Method for couples therapy.

I primarily work in individual therapy with adults and adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, recovering from a traumatic event, and other stress management issues. I use a combination of approaches, including:
1. Client Centered Therapy, meeting you where you are in your emotional needs and letting you guide the the emotional journey
2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), improving your moods by learning about and effecting changes among your thoughts, feelings and behaviors
3. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), using mindfulness and experiential skills to develop greater commitment to and acceptance of your emotions, as well behavior skills

More Info About My Practice

I work with couples based on the Gottman Method, which incorporates CBT as well as their own research based model of understanding forms of communication and interaction in relationships. With this approach, I help couples and other family relationships understand each other and increase affection, as well as helping in parent-child relationships.

I also specialize in psychological and psychoeducational assessment. I am regularly appointed for forensic psychological evaluations and have provided expert witness testimony in criminal, dependency, and family court cases. I have expertise in pre-bariatric surgery assessment and other health assessments.

I am a native of the Miami area, fluent in Spanish, and I also incorporate understanding of cultural and diversity issues into my practice. My training background includes a Ph.D. from the Psychology Department at the University of Florida in 2005 and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 1999. My doctoral dissertation was on eating disorders among Latinas. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral experience at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, in 2003-2004 with specialized training in Trauma Focused CBT treatment of post- September 11th PTSD in children and adults.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    My primary areas of expertise for therapy and evaluations are:
    depression and anxiety
    PTSD
    sexual trauma
    eating disorders, particularly binge eating
    grief and loss

    I practice gay affirmative therapy and also work with gender dysphoria and transitions.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Immigration issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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