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The "path" in empath is emphasized.

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Dr. Vanessa Battiste

A Licensed Psychologist Here to Guide You on Your Path


I was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is one of the most fundamental parts of both my professional and personal identity. My cultural background informs my understanding of differences in identity and my respect for each individuals' unique story. I am a true creative and art enthusiast. I also love reggae and soca music.

My Philosophy 
We all have the power within us to endure and thrive in the face of challenge. However, life's challenges are not all of who we are. Simplifying your presence to trauma and maladaptive behavior does not capture the potential that you have within. My philosophy is that with a nonjudgmental and warm environment, you have the power to harness and cultivate your growth and unique strengths. Let me help you on your path.

My Therapeutic Style
My therapeutic style is embedded in being empathetic, genuine, and nonjudgmental. These basic tenets of a person-centered theory have resonated with me throughout my therapeutic work. Yet, no single theory is comprehensive enough to account for the complexities of all human behavior. Consequently, although the art of my therapeutic style is person-centered, I integrate psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral practices based upon your unique story and ability to benefit from these techniques.  


Your Mental Health Matters

Our mission is to provide a therapeutic experience where empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practices intersect, enabling you to cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself and develop the skills necessary for personal transformation. We are here to support you as you embark on your journey of self-discovery, helping you pave a new path towards a more fulfilling and empowered life.

By embarking on this journey together, we aim to empower you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to make positive changes in your life. Through our collaborative efforts, you will begin to create a new narrative—a transformative story—for yourself and your life. This newfound awareness will guide you towards a brighter future, as you navigate challenges, embrace personal growth, and discover the power within you to shape your own path.

A Safe Space


We believe that the foundation of effective therapy lies in cultivating an environment where you feel heard, understood, and accepted without judgment.

Non-Judgmental Attitude: We approach each session with an open mind and without judgment. We recognize that everyone's experiences, thoughts, and feelings are unique and valid. 

Confidentiality: Confidentiality is paramount in our practice. We strictly adhere to professional ethical standards and legal requirements to protect your privacy. 

Trust and Therapeutic Alliance: Building a trusting relationship between therapist and client is crucial for effective therapy. We invest time and effort in establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with you. 

Empath Psychological Services
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