Dr. Heide Rodríguez-Ubiñas, Ph.D.

"Fly Me" Therapist* to San Juan, Puerto Rico

License

Clinical Psychologist

Puerto Rico​ (#3154)

Florida (in application)​

Education

Ph.D. Carlos Albizu University, (clinical psychology) 2007 Honors.

M.S. Carlos Albizu University, San Juan (Clinical Psychology) 1999. Distinction.

M.A. Garrett Theological Seminary/ North Western University, Evanston, Illinois, E.U. (Theological Studies/Counseling) 1997 Suma Cum Laude

B.A. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan (Clinical Psychology) 1994 Magna Cum Laude

Languages

Fluent in English and Spanish.


Clinical Experience

Dr. R has more than 18 years of experience as a family and individual therapist, and teach educational workshops, in both English and Spanish. She's also done marital therapy with young couples who are becoming parents, educating them about emotional and marital changes when faced with a new baby.

Clinically she's worked with U.S. military families and couples Stateside and in Puerto Rico. She's also been a research coordinator, dealing with topics such as instrument development, schizophrenia, and cognitive functioning in elderly patients. 

While enthusiastic about all the clinical work she's done, she's passionate about her work with couples.  So much so that she no longer see individual clients. Dr. R enjoys empowering couples to learn new strategies to strengthen their relationships, and make these relationships more meaningful and lasting.

She's presented on Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and related mental health topics. She's also taught graduate courses at the Family Therapy Master Program of the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Other positions include work at:​

  • SePare Community Program
  • Vega Baja County
Volunteer Work with New Parents Couples
  • MHN Government Services, HealthNet Inc.
  • Rotational Program
  • School Psychologist
  • Military and Family Life Consultant
  • Family Studies, Research Center- Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System at San Juan, PR
  • Research CoordinatorSan Juan Capestrano Psychiatric Hospital (UHS), Río Piedras
New Horizons Bilingual School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Christian Center for Family Assessment (CECAF), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
“Thanks, Heide! It was a great weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us! We will get on our homework and schedule a follow up soon. Again, many thanks for helping us with your approach and care!” 
- Recent Couples Retreat Participant

Speaking Personally

I believe in love. I believe in a healthy way of loving, and in committed relationships. 

While working for years as a school psychologist, I came to realize how important the parents’ relationship is to the emotional development of their children. I became fascinated with marital dynamics, and determined to learn everything I could about them. Post-masters, I applied Bowen and Minuchin’s theoretical models in my clinical work.

My work helping young couples in the transition to becoming parents has enriched by my own marriage and parenting experiences. It is a joy to work with young parents and to assist them in navigating crises, and validating the emotional upheavals that this new role brings. This work helps them to become the best married couples they can be. As Gottman states, “the best gift you can give to your child, is a good marital relationship.”

Teaching a class on the Four Horsemen in the Gottman Method

I've always excelled in school and enjoyed learning.  Even after receiving my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, I still am constantly learning. This passion for learning drives me to be an even better couples therapist.

I am the fourth daughter of an immigrant Dominican couple, married for over fifty-two years. My parents moved to Puerto Rico in the 1960’s but returned to the Dominican Republic when I was seven.

During my childhood we traveled between the two islands often. After finishing undergraduate school, I moved to Puerto Rico.  

I've continued to travel throughout my life, moving to Chicago to complete my master degree in the late 1990's. Facing the challenges of being an immigrant has helped me to be more sensitive to cultural differences, and the importance of language in shaping our view of the world. Being fluent in both English and Spanish is a great advantage in seeing the world in more complex ways.

A couple years ago, I worked with immigrant women, using my experience as a resource to support and help them to cope with change. It expanded my understanding of cross-cultural challenges.

My hobbies are reading, traveling, road trips with my husband, and spending time with my husband, daughter, and extended family.

My Approach to Couples Therapy

I believe that therapy should be a safe space for couples. As a therapist, I facilitate the process of insight and change. For me, each new couple is a new challenge, and a unique entity. I assume great responsibility in the process of getting to know you. I honor that trust, and take an active role in helping you to improve your marriage and find greater happiness.

I enjoy and am very committed to my job and embrace high ethical standards. Therapy is not only a time to learn and to help you find new ways of interactioning and growing, but also a process to enjoy.  I work to help you to find that joy.

Evidence-Based Treatment Models

Submitting Videotapes for Certification as a Gottman Method Couples Therapist.
Eleven Month Training in Clinical Traumatology 2015

Teaching Experience

Professor

Institute of Human Sexuality at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Family Therapy Program – Master Degree. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Supervisor

Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Clinical Counseling Master Program Clinical Practice III

Professional Publications

Impact of APOE 4 on very late life cognition. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Volume 4, Issue 4, Supplement 1, July 2008. Jose R. Carrion-Baralt, Michal Schnaider-Beeri, Josefina Melendez-Cabrero, Heide Rodriguez-Ubiñas, Mary Sano and Jeremy M. Silverman.

Dr. Heide's office is located in Miami, or she can conduct your retreat in beautiful Old San Juan, pictured above

Certifications

Dr. Rodriguez- Ubinas has recently completed a Certification on Trauma.

• PAUL EKMAN GROUP, LLC Certificate of Training. eMETT 3.0 Expert Level

Last stages of the  Certification process to become a  Gottman Method Couples Therapist.

• Gottman Marital Therapy Model. Levels I,II, III. Orlando, Fl. National Marital Seminars. Certificate. Feb-Mar 2014.

• Evidence-Based Group Treatments for Survivors of Catastrophic Trauma. American Psychological Association. Continuing Education Program. Online Training. Dec. 2010.

• DSM 5: Nuevos Retos para la Salud Mental. Cewizard. Seminar. August 10, 2013. Certificate.

• A Family Approach to the Personality Disorders. Virtual Campus, EduSalud. Online course. Jan-Feb. 2010.

• Dementia: Assessment and diagnosis. Post-graduate training course. Dr. Montijo. Hospital of Veteran Affairs, San Juan. PR. Certificate. April, 2008.

• Seminar/Workshop on Psychopharmacology. Carlos Albizu University. June- July 2005.

• Post-Graduate Program in Family Therapy- Murray Bowen Model Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo/ Christian Center for Family Assessment (CECAF), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. November – July 2002. Certificate.

San Juan.  A Perfect Winter Getaway.