Samantha Ladell, PsyD, is a associate psychologist in the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. She specializes in evaluating and treating children, adolescents and young adults with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as chronic stress and trauma. Dr. Ladell has specialized training in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments. She utilizes an integrative approach to these treatments that also incorporates attachment theory and mindfulness to best meet the needs of the individual and their family. Dr. Ladell has experience treating youth and young adults with depression, borderline personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, ADHD and disruptive behavioral disorders, as well as the spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She also has training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and dialectical behavior therapy for children (DBT-C), as well as extensive experience and interest in helping teens with overall challenges with mood dysregulation and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Ladell has evaluated and provided individual, group and family therapy for children, adolescents and young adults in inpatient, outpatient, psychiatric emergency rooms and school-based settings. Prior to joining the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Ladell trained as a predoctoral intern at Kings County Hospital, where she worked extensively with children, adolescents, young adults and families struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders and serious mental illness. She has received training in mindfulness-based strategies, specifically mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T), and utilizes these strategies across modes of treatment. Dr. Ladell’s training has also emphasized supporting parents of children and teens with overall behavioral challenges, including oppositional behavior, ADHD, and emotion dysregulation through the use of evidence-based interventions such as parent management training (PMT) and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).
Dr. Ladell strives to foster a collaborative and non-judgmental environment within the therapeutic relationship through humor, empathy and validation, which encourages exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors and ultimately leads to change. She is committed to empowering children, adolescents, young adults and their families through the use of empirically-supported treatments that are tailored to meet each individual where they are and help them reach their goals.
- Intern, Kings County Hospital
- Extern, Mood Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute
- Extern, New Alternatives for Children
- Extern, Cooke Grammar School
- PsyD, School-Clinical Child Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University
- MS, School Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University
- BS, Psychology, Lafayette College