Dr. Serravalle’s journey in this field started 20 years ago. Since that time she has worked with a variety of clients across most treatment settings. She started at Sheppard Pratt on the inpatient trauma disorder unit where she was initially introduced to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). What fascinated her about DBT was the focus on skill development with the goal of creating a life worth living. Dr. Serravalle graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She then earned a certification of Certified Drug and Alcohol counselor in Addictions (CAC-AD) within the State of Maryland. As a CAC-AD she continued her work with adults who were mandated to treatment through the court systems. During that time she learned a tremendous amount about developing the therapeutic relationship, utilizing skills in motivational interviewing and creating a support network for those in recovery.
Dr. Serravalle went on to earn a Master’s degree from Capella University in Mental Health Counseling and was licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) in the state of Delaware. In addition, she is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She transitioned her practice to working with adolescence and families. As a Brief Treatment Therapist, she participated in individual, group and family counseling. In this position, she was able to able to see youth in the schools, home and community to gain a better understanding of the overall situations her clients were encountering on a daily basis. She identified the need to be trained in Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) in order to navigate the various systems that interacted with the families she served. She then earned a certification in Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA) as many of her clients were on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Serravalle continued her professional development with advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These mindfulness based practices teach skills related to regulating emotions, self-awareness, distress tolerance and improving relationships which she finds to be universal to all people. She focused her training in human sexuality looking for evidenced-based practices that incorporated both systemic involvement and a trauma-informed approach. She has worked with victims and perpetrators of interpersonal and sexual violence. She was an independent contractor with Forensic Associates of Delaware and completed risk assessments for the District Attorney’s office based on her extensive knowledge gained while working with victims and perpetrators. As a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), she has experience working with both acute and chronic trauma. Dr. Serravalle is certified through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) as a certified trauma professional. Her approach to treating trauma is multi faceted using aspects of art, music, mindfulness and narrative therapies.
Dr. Serravalle is a college level educator, teaching as an assistant professor at Delaware Technical Community College and currently with Wilmington University. The courses she focused on included: Introduction to Psychology, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Research Writing and Information Literacy, Applied Research Design and Group Counseling. She enjoys the experience of participating in the pursuit of academic achievement and furtherance of the field of psychology.
Dr. Serravalle has continued her own development as a clinician with a pursuit of a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) which she was awarded in August of 2018 from Capella University. The focus of her practicum and internship has been on psychological assessment. This includes academic, achievement, personality and neuropsychological evaluation. Psychological assessment helps to inform about strengths and deficits cognitively, emotionally or behaviorally that can aide in differential diagnosis and/or treatment planning.
In addition, Dr. Serravalle has participated in various programs, task forces and leadership teams to further her clinical skills. These programs include the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APGAS) and the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity through the APA. She was an initial representative on the Delaware State Advocacy committee that evaluates the state-level legislation and insurance issues that could impact mental health and the profession of psychology for the state of Delaware. She was elected to the board of Contextual Philosophy of Science, special interest group for the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science which examines the application of functional contexualism from a world view. Currently, she chairs the practice committee for the Delaware Psychological Association .