Cynthia Ramirez

Cynthia Ramirez PhD
​Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Mission

My mission is to provide effective evidence-based psychological interventions for anxious, depressed, and/or emotionally dysregulated adolescents and young adults.    

Depression
Anxiety
Emotion Dysregulation
Do you or your loved one struggle with feelings of sadness, irritability, or loss of interest more often than not? These symptoms may be a sign of depression. Depression is an illness that impacts all areas of functioning from the most basic - like sleep and appetite - to an individual's ability to perform at school or work.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that can motivate us and positively impact performance. However, when anxiety becomes too high, it can paralyze us. Adolescents and young adults who struggle with anxiety may experience symptoms of panic, avoidance or procrastination, and fear of social interactions.
Some individuals are more sensitive to their emotional experiences and have difficulty regulating their emotions. They may experience despair, anger, or anxiety as intensely painful. As a result, they use extreme coping mechanisms, such as self-harm and suicidal behavior, to manage their emotions.     

About Me

For me, clinical psychology is not just a profession - it is a vocation. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Duke University in 1997 and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2003. After receiving my doctoral degree, I moved to Quito, Ecuador to live near my family. There I worked as a professor of psychology at Universidad San Francisco and had a private practice. I returned to the U.S. in 2008 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University and got licensed in the state of Georgia. I joined the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in 2011 where I was involved in clinical work, research, and teaching. I have recently left Emory University to open a private practice that will allow me to focus on what is most important to me - providing evidence-based treatment for young people struggling to manage their mood and emotions.

Evidence-Based Treatments

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Behavioral Activation
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
CBT was developed by Aaron Beck for use with patients who struggle with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. This treatment approach focuses on the role that thoughts and beliefs play in initiating and maintaining these symptoms. Patients are asked to attend weekly, individual sessions for approximately 16-24 session. During that time, I work with patients to identify automatic thoughts and resulting emotions, challenge “thinking mistakes” or cognitive distortions, and come up with alternative ways to think about their experiences. As therapy progresses, we will also work together to identify the underlying beliefs that influence thinking patterns and behaviors and develop more balanced and healthier belief systems. 
    
When individuals are under considerable stress, some tend to withdraw socially and avoid engaging in activities that give them a sense of mastery and enjoyment. As a result, those individuals can feel stuck in a depressed mood or become increasingly anxious as they avoid responsibilities and social events. BA helps individuals break behavioral cycles that can cause and/or maintain depressive episodes. Patients participate in weekly individual sessions for approximately 16-24 weeks. During that time, I work with patients to increase participation in pleasant and mastery activities, decrease avoidance and rumination, set and reach personal goals, and engage in effective problem-solving strategies. 
DBT was designed by Marsha Linehan for individuals who have difficulty regulating their emotions and who use extreme coping mechanisms, such as self-harm and suicidal behavior, to manage their emotions. By participating in DBT, patients learn skills to effectively cope with intense negative emotions while also increasing self-acceptance and validation. By participating in skills training groups, patients (and caregivers) learn mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills. Individual therapy is focused on generalizing those new skills and building a life worth living. 
    

Contact

Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions you might have about my practice.
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Atlanta Ga 30345
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