Solara Calderon, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)
(She/Her/Hers) Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Solara Calderon is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing individual psychotherapy for adults struggling with trauma, loss and grief, identity development, relationship and family difficulties, challenging life transitions, depression, and anxiety. She also has clinical and research interest in the enduring effects of childhood trauma, including the death of a parent early in life.
Dr. Calderon believes 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.
Dr. Calderon’s therapeutic style is individualized, collaborative, and genuine. She practices from a psychodynamic framework, meaning therapy typically includes exploration of you as a whole person, including your past and present experiences and your earliest relationships. Dr. Calderon also integrates dialectical behavior (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) skills based on the goals and needs of each client. Additionally, she has specialized training in cognitive processing therapy and exposure for trauma treatment. As you develop greater self-awareness and learn new skills through therapy, you gain both the freedom and the tools to make more purposeful decisions about your life and what matters to you most.
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Calderon is passionate in serving diverse, multicultural urban populations. She has extensive experience working with individuals of different ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and socioeconomic statuses.
Dr. Calderon received her undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in creative writing, from Johns Hopkins University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her predoctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, where she specialized in individual and group trauma-focused psychotherapy with military veterans. Her 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.
In her free time, Dr. Calderon enjoys exploring national parks, cooking family recipes, and writing.