Dr. Isabel Velásquez is a licensed psychologist who completes comprehensive psychological and neurodevelopmental evaluations for children and adults ages 5 to 22. She also provides individual therapy for children and adolescents and collaborates with parents for behavioral management purposes across the home and school environments.
Dr. Velásquez received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology, where she worked as a school psychology intern and participated as a multidisciplinary team member at a public school system. Dr. Velásquez completed her post-doctoral training at Katz Counseling & Educational Psychology.
During her graduate training, Dr. Velásquez specialized in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with various diagnoses, including attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Velásquez is a bilingual, native Spanish speaker and has experience working with immigrant populations and addressing difficulties related to immigration and acculturation.
Dr. Velásquez has experience working in various settings, including early childcare facilities, early learning intervention programs, private and public-school systems, community mental-health centers, and psychoeducational and neurodevelopmental clinics. Dr. Velásquez’s expertise in School Psychology also includes vast knowledge regarding the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and overall federal and state laws related to Special Education assessment and eligibility. She enjoys advocating for students and families and collaborating with local schools to help teams make appropriate decisions regarding educational planning.
Dr. Velásquez utilizes an integrative client-centered approach where she uses various evidence-based practices to best support the needs of each individual client. She has experience with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), individual treatment components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), executive functioning skills training, motivational interviewing, behavior modification, family systems, and psychoeducation. Her service goal is to identify individual strengths and weaknesses and promote overall safety and well-being.