Minely Pichardo

My name is Minely Pichardo. I am a certified mental and family therapist who specializes in trauma for adults, children, and adolescents. Additionally, I am a wellness coach certified in bariatric surgery, eating psychology, and emotional nutrition.

I have had the privilege of working in the mental health field in the United States for the past 11 years, specifically in Pennsylvania. Originally from the Dominican Republic, I have been living in this wonderful nation for 15 years. I am also a proud mother of two children.

My academic journey began in my home country, where I earned a bachelor's degree in chemical pharmacy in 2002. For eight years, I practiced as a pharmacist in the Dominican Republic. However, upon emigrating to the United States, I faced the challenge of not being able to practice my original profession. This challenge led me to a new path, and after working various jobs for a year, I decided to further my education in a field that had always fascinated me—mental health.

I graduated with a degree in Mental Health and Family Therapy. A year ago, I embarked on a transformative journey, both personally and professionally, when I underwent bariatric surgery. This experience profoundly impacted my life, leading me to understand the importance of addressing the psychological aspects of weight loss and body image.

 I realized the necessity of educating myself further and acquiring new therapeutic tools. This knowledge has enabled me to assist patients dealing with issues related to food relationships and eating disorders. 

I firmly believe that human beings often suffer more from their thoughts than actual events. My work focuses on helping patients who struggle with family conflict, parenting, couples’ problems, low self-esteem, self-love, body dysmorphic disorders, and self-concept issues stemming from a wounded inner child.

In my practice, I use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other therapeutic techniques to support patients in healing their relationships with their bodies and food. My goal is to guide my patients toward achieving emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. By integrating my personal experiences with my professional expertise, I am dedicated to positively impacting my patients' lives, helping them overcome their challenges and achieve a healthier, more fulfilling life.