I Specialize in clinical health psychology and work with adults who are

experiencing a range of problems...

including but not limited to:

  • Coping with chronic illness and physical/emotional pain 
    • Particular expertise working with cancer patients and survivors
  • Depression (including postpartum depression)
  • Anxiety, worry, fears
  • Sleep concerns
  • Coping with stress, stressful life events or life transitions
  • Low motivation to achieve health and wellness goals
    • Ex. smoking cessation, weight loss

what to expect

General overview:

  • I place a strong emphasis on meeting you “where you are,” giving you ample time to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors at your own pace.  At the same time, I gently encourage movement toward your goals by providing a safe space for skill-building and meaning-making. 

Approach to psychotherapy:

  • My approach to therapy is problem-focused. This means that in our first few sessions we will come up with a tentative plan about the course of treatment and how we will focus our time together. 
  • Once we have developed your treatment goals, we will re-assess them periodically to ensure adequate progress is being achieved. 
  • My intervention will be revised as needed to fit your personal goals.

Course of treatment and follow-up:

  • Duration of treatment will depend on your specific situation and needs.

  • In order to achieve the most of our sessions, I prefer to see clients on a weekly basis but depending on your progress and goals, I may suggest reducing or increasing the frequency of our sessions. 

  • Towards the end of therapy, we will discuss several options for follow-up and determine the best course of treatment for you.


Vivian M. Rodríguez Archilla, Ph.D. | Licensed Clinical Psychologist | Charlottesville, VA

Bilingual services

I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish.  My services can thus be tailored to your language of preference.

Therapeutic approach

I utilize a number of evidence-based psychotherapies that have been shown to be effective in helping people make significant improvements in their overall well-being.  I am thus able to adapt my treatment to your individual needs.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based therapies
  • Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy
  • ​Motivational Interviewing