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Solara Calderon, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)

Solara Calderon, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)


Solara Calderon, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)

(She/Her/Hers) Licensed Clinical Psychologist


I am a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience working with adults struggling with a variety of concerns, including perinatal challenges, trauma, loss/grief, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, identity development, and life transitions. I have clinical and research interest in the enduring effects of childhood trauma, including the death of a parent early in life.

Perinatal mental health is a particular passion of mine. I have advanced, post-graduate training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from Postpartum Support International, and enjoy walking alongside my clients on their unique fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenthood journeys.

I believe strongly in the power and process of therapy. It takes courage to share your story. With time, the development of a meaningful therapeutic relationship can lead to a greater sense of safety and trust. It can also make space for you to feel supported in working toward your goals, whether that may be to grieve, heal, grow, change unhelpful patterns, or find deeper meaning and connection.

Past clients have described me as genuine, easy to talk to, and non-judgmental. I practice from a psychodynamic framework and integrate dialectical behavior (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) skills based on the individual needs of each of my clients. As you develop greater awareness and self-understanding through therapy, you gain both the freedom and the skills to make more purposeful decisions about your life and what matters to you most.

Born and raised in New York City, I am passionate about serving diverse, multicultural urban populations. I have extensive experience working with individuals of different ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and socioeconomic statuses.


I received my undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in creative writing, from Johns Hopkins University. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. I completed my predoctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and my postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, where I specialized in trauma-focused psychotherapy with military veterans. My many years of experience in clinical psychology span inpatient, residential, and outpatient hospital settings, community mental health and HIV clinics, and Long Island University’s college counseling center.

I also write for our blog, “The Therapy Journey,” check out my advice for new mothers here:

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