Jonathan Dator, PhD, MSCP, CGP
Meet Dr. Jonathan Dator
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and am a bilingual (English and Spanish) and bicultural therapist. I provide individual online therapy to older adolescents and adults. I have focused my clinical work on providing care to disenfranchised, marginalized, and underserved groups. I take an integrative approach to therapy, bringing together my training in interpersonal therapy (IPT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), within an overarching social justice framework. I specialize in multicultural counseling, student mental health, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and working with the LGBTQIA community as well as individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Multicultural Counseling from Seton Hall University. I also recently completed my Post-Doctoral Master of Science (MSCP) in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and am a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Program. I completed my pre-doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology at the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, and a Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency at the University of California, San Diego Counseling & Psychological Services. Most of my clinical experience has been in college counseling centers and with young adults.
In addition to my work with PVD Psychological Associates, I am currently the Associate Director of Training at Providence College’s Personal Counseling Center.
My Approach & Philosophy
I believe therapy should be a place where you truly feel safe and comfortable enough to discuss everything going on in your life. I see the therapist-client relationship as unique, and a collaborative alliance. Working from a biopsychosocial model, my approach involves flexibility, meeting clients where they are at, and taking a “whole person’ perspective in order to provide the best treatment possible. Ultimately, my goals as a therapist are to provide guidance, support, evidence based tools and techniques, while still challenging clients to work toward their personal goals.
I enjoy working with clients to process and explore their emotions while also teaching them specific skills to utilize on a day to day basis. I work from an overarching multicultural lens and draw from my training in mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to integrate these techniques into therapy.