Dr. Sonja M. Ramirez is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She has a mobile office under the business name Ramirez Behavioral Healthcare, LLC. Dr. Ramirez also works as a Contract Psychologist for both acute and sub-acute rehabilitation centers. Dr. Ramirez engages in sessions in clients homes, as needed, if a client is unable to travel due to physical or mental health issues, such as agoraphobia, major depression, trauma, postpartum depression, or physical injury. Dr Ramirez wiil also meet at a park and walk and talk to stimulate the brain, reduce stress and focus on moving forward, one step at a time.
Dr. Ramirez specializes in the treatment of mental health problems. She helps people to cope with their distress by identifying the underlying repetitive thoughts and behaviors leading to poor habits and negative emotions. Dr. Ramirez helps by reframing how the client thinks about him/herself, his future and the world, assisting the client in creating and practicing new behaviors and focusing on solutions. She’s known for giving “homework” between sessions because, “Practice makes progress... I write my weekly affirmations/goals in dry erase marker on my bathroom mirror. As I get ready for my day, I read it until it sticks. I do something different and I start repeating the adaptive thoughts and behaviors habitually. Then, I erase the learned lessons and write new goals & affirmations. Today’s is, ‘I’m powerful and surround myself with supportive people.’ I practice what I preach, as best I can, with myself and my children.”
As a psychologist, Dr. Ramirez evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. She also suggests books, music, walking and journaling. Patients usually visit Dr. Ramirez because they have been experiencing depression, anxiety, identity conflicts, relationship problems, trauma, stress or anger for a significant period of time and feel they need help. “We all get stuck in our own heads and repeat the same negative thoughts and behaviors that make us feel helpless, hopeless, mad, worried or sad. Sometimes, we need a an objective guide with a different perspective to get off that hamster wheel,” says Dr. Ramirez.
According to Dr. Ramirez, “My client is the expert on his/her life. I'm an objective guide. I offer education, support, guidance and suggestions. My clients do the hard work to create positive change in their lives ... I believe in infinite possibilities and potential. My clients choose their paths... I completed 9 years of college and have about 24 years of experience working with diverse populations. So, I do have a rather large tool kit and good perspective. However, my interventions and strategies have to match my clients needs and expectations... I am solution focused and do short term work, typically 4 to 6 sessions. I also offer booster sessions as needed via phone, FaceTime or in home or office. Sometimes we need a reminder of who we are, what we’ve accomplished and who we aspire to be. I’m passionate about what I do and seeing my clients’ successes brings me joy and affirmation that this is my vocation.”
“My dreams are to be an international motivational speaker, author a few books, work abroad as a visiting professor and to volunteer with Dictirs without Borders."
Dr. Ramirez works with individuals, groups and families. She has engages in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing for organizations/businesses after a traumatic work related event, such as an armed robbery, to help employees cope and refer them for further treatment. Dr. Ramirez is an adjunct professors at various colleges and universities in New Jersey; most recently, Montclair State University.
Psychologists may perform a variety of exams and assessments to diagnose a mental condition.
Education and Training
St. John’s University Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1998
The College of New Rochelle B.A. in Psychology, Math & Philosophy Minors 1993
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Adjunct Professor Montclair State University 2010 - Present
- Adjunct Professor Essex County College 2008 - Present
- Adjunct Professor William Paterson University 2007 - Present
- Adjunct Professor The College of New Rochelle 1998 - 1999
- Worldwide Leader in Healthcare 2019 International Association of Healthcare Professionals
- International Association of Healthcare Professionals
- American Psychological Association
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Troop Leader, Troops 71005 & 94640 12 years
- Clifton Cares, Packing and shiping care packages to local deployed members of the military
- The March of Dimes
- The Lupus Foundation
- World Wildlife Federation
- The Trust for Public Land
- American Red Cross
- National Wildlife
- Pro bono work with underserved and underprivileged client populations
What do you attribute your success to?
- If she doesn\'t know something, she is the first to admit it. She has learned a lot from her clients, which she feels are great resources.
Hobbies / Sports
- Hiking, Walking, Meditation
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Dr. Ramirez is an excellent provider. She is compassionate and professional. I would highly recommend her.
Thank you for always being there to help me. Our talks mean so much and always clear my head.
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