Folasade Y. Falana, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Resident
Providing Psychological Evaluations and Therapy
Dr. Folasade 'Sade' Falana is a Psychology Resident at Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinic, supervised by Dr. Monnica Williams. She earned her bachelors from St. John’s University in Queens, New York and completed doctorate degree at the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she resided for more than 10 years.
Dr. Falana completed two post-doctoral internships, one in Queens, New York at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and the other in the city and rural parts of Puerto Rico at a private and university funded community project aimed to support post-Hurricane Maria mental health recovery efforts.
Dr. Falana is bilingual and an ally to both Black and Spanish speaking communities. However she has worked with and supported all backgrounds and all age groups, including working in schools with children who have pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), adolescents who have emotional problems that arise from general life crises, anxiety, and trauma, and elderly populations. Dr. Falana also has experience working in adult acute psychiatric settings, community, group, and telephone hotline settings for various forms of social support, medication adherence, and substance use help.
In treatment Dr. Falana utilizes mindfulness practices with well-established treatments, such as CBT as well as ACT and DBT techniques. She is passionate about psychoeducation and growth and is further specializing in assessments and treatments for OCD and related anxiety disorders, psychedelic and plant-based treatments, and PTSD.
Dr. Falana has knowledge in neurocognitive concepts in relation to mood and anxiety disorders and how regulatory practices and substances can support or hinder treatment. She also studies these themes in research and is interested in psychedelics under a psychospiritual lens.
Outside of academia, her zest for life is seen in her creative writing, self-introspection, teaching on healing, connecting with others and nature, and traveling. She embodies the "student of life", embracing resistance and cultivating an emergent existence through spiritual practices and authentic living.