Dr. Spencer Cruz-Katz is a licensed psychologist, and the founder of Beacon Psychology in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Cruz-Katz is a cognitive-behavioral therapist who utilizes components from third-wave treatments such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Cruz-Katz earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University where he focused on the assessment of adolescent trauma exposure.
In his 25 year career, he has worked as a substance abuse counselor, foster care case manager, research assistant, and professor of psychology before joining a large group practice in Richmond, VA. Four years later, Dr. Cruz-Katz opened his own, local practice, Beacon Psychology, where he is now able to work with and in his home community.
Dr. Cruz-Katz prides himself on creating a safe and inviting space where it is understood that you are doing your best - but can use some help to do even better.
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Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others
Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions
Spencer Cruz-Katz is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Years of Experience: 6 years
Fordham University, PhD, 2016
New School for Social Research, MA, 2003
State University of New York at Albany, BA, 1999
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