Dr. Lidia Swinkin is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist. She is experienced in working with clients with a wide variety of concerns including self-esteem, anger management, stress management, depression, anxiety, selective mutism, separation and/or divorce, becoming a new parent, and other life transitions. She also offers parent support and training.
Dr. Swinkin’s work with children and adolescents focuses on building and maintaining trust as well as creating a warm environment to help her clients feel safe and at ease. She uses cognitive behavioral strategies and other developmentally-appropriate exercises to help children discover and understand how their thoughts affect how they feel and behave.
When working with adults, Dr. Swinkin uses an informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to guide her clients in questioning negative thoughts and gradually changing behaviors. She assists her clients in confronting their feelings in order to improve their mood and form deeper connections with others. Dr. Swinkin provides a compassionate, empathetic, and safe environment to help foster growth and understanding.
Dr. Swinkin has been working as a school psychologist for the past 10 years and is experienced in conducting comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations for children ages 2-18. In her role as a school psychologist, she chairs Committee on Special Education meetings and is well versed in special education process and regulations. She can support you in gaining a deeper understanding of your child’s IEP or 504 plan.
Dr. Swinkin earned her Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Queens College with a Bilingual/Multicultural Specialization. She also obtained two additional Master’s Degrees in Pedagogical Studies and Music Education. Her research interests include giftedness, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and multicultural issues related to learning.