LISSETTE CORTES, PSYD
Eating Disorder and OCD Expert
I am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida and currently provide individuals, family and group therapy at Home For Balance Psychotherapy Group. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and comorbid conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorders and trauma.
I am a Cognitive-Behavioral therapist by training and specialize in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). My approach to treatment is based on creating an environment that supports a collaborative relationship in which goals are set in unison with my clients. I help my clients become more familiar with their own unhelpful thinking patterns, while developing more adaptive ways to cope with distress and to ultimately make supportive life changes. I support my clients in making changes to improve the quality of their lives by approaching otherwise avoided situations and obtaining self-confidence. I also facilitate improvements in family relationships by providing an environment where family members can feel comfortable in expressing their emotions, being heard and effectively communicating with one another.
During my training at Nova Southeastern University and throughout my clinical practice while living in South Florida, I have served multicultural populations. I was born in Bogota, Colombia and Spanish is my first language, which has given me the opportunity to provide services in both English and Spanish languages. My client focus is inclusive of the LGBT population as well as of populations of diverse religious backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities.
I completed my Pre-Doctoral Internship at The Renfrew Center of South Florida and provided services for women with eating disorders and co-morbid conditions. I completed my post-doctoral fellowship and first years in practice at an OCD specialty clinic working with individuals (children to older adults) whom presented with OCD and related conditions such as panic disorder, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and emetophobia.
I am very passionate about participating in supporting our community, and advocating for mental health treatment, education and outreach. Since 2011 I have participated in the planning of the annual Eating Disorders Awareness walk with The Alliance for Eating Disorder, and have been a member of the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness outreach and educational committee. I also hold leadership positions for the board of Florida Psychological Association Broward Chapter and for the board of iaedp (International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals) South Florida Chapter.