Author Bio

Traci Maynigo

Traci Pacita Maynigo, M.Ed., Psy.M., is a freelance editor, writer, mental health counselor, and clinical psychologist. The author of A Girl’s Guide to College–Updated Edition: Making the Most of the Best Four Years of Your Life (Blue Mountain Press, 2011), Traci wrote the original edition (A Girl’s Guide to College: Making the Most of the Best Four Years of Your Life, Rabbit’s Foot Press, 2003) while attending Yale University, where she received a B.A. in English. She then wrote Spark Your Career in Book Publishing (Spark Publishing/Barnes and Noble, 2007) while working for several book publishing houses in New York City. Traci received her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology at Columbia Teachers College, and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, with a specialization in Multicultural Psychology.

Traci has experience providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, young adults, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings in New York and New Jersey, including school-based and college prep programs, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and hospitals. Her training has been particularly focused on the treatment of urban minority youth, sexually abused children, college students, intercultural couples, blended families, and perinatal and postpartum women. She utilizes a variety of approaches, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, structural family therapy, behavioral couples therapy, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and group therapy.

Traci has also received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), a widely acclaimed attachment-based approach to couple therapy that is used internationally and highly supported by research: 70-75% of couples who complete EFT recover from distress and almost 90% show significant improvement in their relationship. Traci has particular expertise in applying mental health treatments cross-culturally, and is currently conducting research on EFT with intercultural couples.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and dog.