Anya Genieser-DeRosa, PsyD
- Licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania since 2004
- Over 20 years in the mental health field
- Specialized training in mindfulness meditation with more than 10 years of meditation experience
- Earned PsyD in 2002, graduating with highest honors from PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
- Completed MS in Counseling Psychology at Chestnut Hill College (1995)
Dr.DeRosa has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years, practicing as a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania since 2004. Prior to founding Radiant Being Psychological Services, PC in 2016 with a mission of providing high quality mental health services, Dr. DeRosa provided individual psychotherapy to adults (18 and older) at the largest mental health practice in Berks County, DGR Comprehensive Behavioral Health, LLC, where she was respected by her colleagues as a clinician who could promote positive change and growth with a wide variety of clients having a broad range of problems. She was particularly recognized, and sought out for, her success with clients who had a history of not being able to benefit from psychotherapy in previous treatment experiences.
Dr. DeRosa’s interest in understanding what allows some clients to change and grow quickly and easily, while other clients struggle to overcome their problems in psychotherapy, began with her work as a master’s level employee assistance counselor providing brief counseling to employees from a number of different employers. She noticed that some were able to make significant changes within the brief EAP (employee assistance program) model while others struggled. In the course of earning her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she provided psychotherapy and received training and supervision at the University of Pennsylvania Outpatient Ambulatory Clinic, where clients received psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, relationship problems and a variety of other difficulties without the time-limits imposed by the EAP program. Despite receiving lengthier treatment, she continued to observe that while many clients at the clinic showed improvement, some did not change.
She went on to complete a year-long pre-doctoral internship at Ancora State Psychiatric hospital for severely and persistently mentally ill clients where she realized that, despite the severity of their symptoms, most of the clients she worked with – in both the adult and geriatric units – showed some improvement when they were offered compassion, understanding, and validation of their feelings and experiences, her first insight into some of the aspects of treatment that promote positive outcomes.
Inspired by her experiences at the state hospital, identifying the treatment factors that allow some people to experience positive change in psychotherapy, while others do not change or even experience a decline in functioning, became her passion.
Based on her observations and an in-depth review of the literature on the effectiveness of various forms of psychotherapy, she completed a dissertation focused on identifying the client, therapist, and treatment variables that contribute to positive, neutral, and negative outcomes in psychotherapy. She earned her doctorate in psychology (PsyD) at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating with meritorious distinction in 2002.
With knowledge of the factors most important to promoting positive growth and change in clients, after graduation Dr. DeRosa began working at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, providing outpatient psychotherapy at the Center for Mental Health. She was recognized for her skills in managing and treating complicated clinical cases and was asked to oversee psychological services for adults and geriatric clients on the inpatient unit, The Spruce Pavilion. In this role, she succeeded in reducing the incidence of violence on the unit, as well as launching the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment program focused on helping patients to learn specific skills scientifically shown to improve their ability to tolerate distress, manage emotions and self-soothe, and relate to others effectively to create healthier relationships. Dr DeRosa noticed that one of the key components to DBT, “mindfulness,” (paying attention in a certain way to be more present in .the moment) seemed to be particularly beneficial to clients. Intrigued, she sought training in Mindfulness and meditation at the University of Pennsylvania, and began actively incorporating components of mindfulness into her treatment with clients. It became clear to her that many clients who had difficulty benefiting from more traditional treatments quickly responded to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Since leaving the Reading Hospital Health System to go into private practice with DGR Comprehensive Behavioral Health, LLC, in 2006, Dr. DeRosa has continued to seek training in psychotherapy treatment techniques scientifically shown to be most beneficial to clients, most recently completing training in EMDR, a targeted form of treatment that allows clients with a history of traumatic experiences (large and small) recover more quickly and completely than any other form of treatment. It continues to be her mission to provide clients the highest quality of care, in the context of a warm, supportive, and compassionate therapeutic relationship.