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Natalie Bencuya, Ph.D.
 
Natalie Bencuya, Ph.D.
Natalie Bencuya, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the areas of early childhood behavior problems and attachment, trauma and loss, and childhood behavior problems related to anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She provides evaluations and evidence-based psychotherapy for children of all ages and their families. Dr. Bencuya has a foundation in cognitive-behavioral therapy, and also draws upon family systems and mindfulness-based approaches in her work.

Before joining the Mind Health Institute, Santa Monica, Dr. Bencuya was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA Treatment, Intervention, Education and Services (TIES) for Families, where she provided therapy and psychological assessments for children adopted or in the process of being adopted from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. During her fellowship, Dr. Bencuya was certified in Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), a system focused on implementing evidence-based interventions for children. Her past research focused on developing a mindfulness-based group intervention study for children with attention and emotion regulation difficulties. Dr. Bencuya also has previous experience running groups for parents of children with behavior problems, parents and their young children, and social skills groups for children.

Dr. Bencuya received her doctorate in clinical psychology from University of California Los Angeles. During her graduate work, Dr. Bencuya received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and family-based approaches for treating pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children's Institute Inc., where she received specialized training in early childhood behavior problems, child-parent psychotherapy, and trauma-informed treatment. Dr. Bencuya began her training at Tufts University, where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Child Development. Dr. Bencuya incorporates this developmental perspective in her work and strives to maximize the strengths and resiliency of her clients.