Sheryl L. Pierre, PhD
Dr. Pierre is a licensed clinical psychologist whose expertise includes working with adolescents, young adults, and adults helping them to build skills to better navigate changes and decisions in the context of a warm, accepting therapeutic environment. Self-expression, self-confidence, and self-efficacy are emphasized in her therapeutic work. Dr. Pierre works with members of the LGBTQIA+ community including individuals who are questioning and coming to acceptance of their sexual orientation and gender identity, those navigating the decision to come out to family and others, and with parents working toward affirming their children. Dr. Pierre has also worked with adolescents and young adults across several settings including college counseling centers, clients in crisis situations, providing intensive in-home treatment, and in private practice. Her ongoing focus is to help clients develop skills and strategies to manage and reduce symptomatology and thrive while actively focusing on building a variety of skills and promoting their effective use in daily life. Her work with patients involves building skills and strategies from a variety of cognitive behavioral approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), to create an individualized approach to meet each patient’s goals.
Dr. Pierre has worked with children, adolescents, young adults and adults helping them to navigate a variety of needs. Her experience has included helping patients who are adjusting to various challenges, navigating family dynamics, exploring identify, coping with work and school-based difficulties, and working to reduce social and emotional difficulties.
Dr. Pierre led the Humane Education department of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) where she developed and supervised both education and animal-assisted interaction programs. She was a speaker at local, regional and national animal welfare and education conferences—including American Humane Association, National Middle School Association, Youth Service America, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children and the Association of Professional Humane Educators conferences. Dr. Pierre was a media representative for the ASPCA and interviewed for publications including USA Today and Child Magazine and made television appearances on Good Day New York, NY 1 News and The Today Show. She is honored to have received the Distinguished Psychologist Award in 2014 from the New Jersey Psychological Association for her advocacy work with colleagues at the US Capitol.