Dr. Teresa Drost Buzzini, Psy.D.

About Teresa

Experience

Dr. Buzzini has specialized interest, training, and expertise working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She began her work in mental health as a direct service professional working with adolescent girls in a community based residential program in 1993. Since her entry into the mental health field she has gained extensive experience working with youth and families within traditional psychiatric and medical settings. She has worked with children and adolescents within inpatient, partial hospitalization, medical, college health, and outpatient settings.

Dr. Buzzini also has experience working with adults on an outpatient basis, and often will see adults with a focus on their own concerns, or as an adjunct to child therapy with a focus on parenting and family issues. She has had considerable experience working with mothers of infants and toddlers who are struggling with mental health concerns. She also has worked with many families with court involvement due to divorce/family transition issues and maltreatment concerns.

She completed an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship residency in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and earned her Doctorate of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago.

Education/Accreditation

Dr. Buzzini graduated with a Masters degree and Doctorate of Psychology from the American Psychological Association accredited clinical doctoral program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. She completed a predoctoral minor in the Psychology of Maltreatment and Trauma. Her doctoral research project was entitled “Intergenerational Transmission of Vulnerability to Abuse and Developmental Psychopathology: The Influence of the Mother-Grandmother Relationship.”

Dr. Buzzini completed an APPIC and APA accredited predoctoral internship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Buzzini is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist. She was previously a Licensed Practical Counselor, but this license is inactive since the scope of practice is encompassed by her psychology license.

Personal and Family Life

In addition to enjoying family life and parenting their two school-aged children, they often collaborate in providing multidisciplinary services for youth, with Dr. Teresa Buzzini focusing on psychological issues and her husband providing medical treatment as a physician specializing in adolescent medicine and sports medicine.

Dr. Buzzini enjoys family time, and has two children and a yorkie. She also enjoys outdoor activities. She attends a local church and volunteers with the girl scouts.

Specialties

General Practice

Dr. Buzzini enjoys working with individuals and families to help promote health and wellness, enhance performance, improve coping, or facilitate recovery from emotional or behavioral problems.

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Dr. Buzzini has specialized interest and experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. The United States Surgeon General has reported that an estimated 20% of children have mental disorders that affect daily life. Some of the most common presenting concerns include attentional concerns, behavior problems, anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues. Issues related to trauma, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders are also a significant part of her practice.

Dr. Buzzini strives to offer timely and effective intervention and seeks to assist parents in helping their children function in ways that most assures their development into healthy adults. Dr. Buzzini will coordinate with others involved in a child/teen’s care such as their physician and school as appropriate.

Dr.Buzzini’s work with youth emphasizes a biopsychosocial perspective, which suggests that biological and psychological) factors, as well as the social context are all important. In addition, her work is tailored to the developmental level of the youth. Parents are seen as important collaborators.

Insurance accepted

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Pennsylvania Benefit Trust Fund (State Employees)
  • United Behavioral Health

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Issues treated

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavioral disorders (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Childhood trauma
  • Coping with medical concerns/cedical compliance)
  • Developmental issues (feeding, sleeping, and toileting)
  • Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, eating disorder NOS)
  • Family conflict
  • Family transition issues (divorce, separation, grief/loss)
  • impulse-control disorders
  • Mood disorders (depression, Bipolar Disorder)
  • School performance/underachievement
  • School refusal
  • Somatization disorders (disorders with physical health presentations without medical explanation)
  • Substance use concerns
  • Suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behavior

Professional associations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association