My name is Ksera Dyette, Psy.D. and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in Watertown, Massachusetts -- here to bring warmth in the face of life's most complex and difficult matters. I am a Black West Indian, cis-gender, woman. I am an intersectional feminist/queer theorist and an immigrant with clear views and social justice values rooted in my story.
My story is deeply rooted in my clinical practice. As a person with multiply intersecting marginalized identities, I do not get the privilege to hide some of the most important aspects of myself. I think it is important to thoughtfully and responsibly share that with clients in the effort to explore the impacts of sociopolitical issues on their lives. Therefore, I consider the practice of being "blank" (not sharing any details about myself) as something that has its origins in old schools of thought that did not have therapists who looked like me in mind. As a Black woman, I do not believe in safe spaces, but I believe in "safe enough" spaces. I strive to provide that by making sure you do not have to justify your story to me. Though we may share a common understanding because of my background, I do not assume my story in place of your own. I utilize my experience to help inform and enhance the questions I ask and identify themes we may explore. I specialize in working with autism and developmental disabilities, trauma, and chronic health conditions. I am a trauma-informed, health-focused, assessment trained psychologist.
I chose the name Cup of Tea Counselling because I have always associated tea with comfort and warmth. I grew up drinking tea morning and night with my family and it is a part of my daily meditation routine. Tea also comes with conflict. I was born into a British colony where what we knew of tea was what the British brought. Prior to this, my grandparents drank tea made from the leaves, bushes, and fruit around them (soursop tea, jigga bush, fever grass). As children, my parents' families were too poor to enjoy what the British brought, like Lipton Tea (1890) and Ovaltine (1904). Having access in the future to these teas was a sign that my parents had done better than theirs. Now with my loose leaf teas served at my practice for everyone's enjoyment -- it is a communication that I have achieved something out of my parents' sacrifices.
Tea is a symbol to me of the importance of intergenerational messages stemming from conflict and trauma. I embrace the warmth I find in a cup of tea and what it represents for how I help you find warmth in your story. I see our time together as collaborative―moving toward meaningful skills you will carry and use even when I am not with you.
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Experience You Can Count On
2016 - 2017: Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, APA Accredited
Rotation 1: Child and Adolescent Acute Services, Inpatient
Rotation 2: Autism & Developmental Disabilities/Pediatric Neuropsychology
2014 - 2016: Chester, Pennsylvania (USA)
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology, APA Accredited Clinical Psychology program.
Concentration(s): Psychoanalytic, Forensic
Dissertation: Institutional Care for Children: Is it a Viable Model? Examination of an Orphanage in New Delhi, India
2011 - 2014: Chester, Pennsylvania (USA)
M.A. Clinical Psychology
Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology, APA Accredited Clinical Psychology program
2007 - 2011: Norfolk, Virginia (USA)
B.A. Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Philosophy
Graduated with honors, summa cum laude.
Publications & Presentations
Last 6 years
Knauss, L.K., Dyette, K. (2017). Psychological testing that Matters: creating a roadmap for effective treatment, by Anthony D. Bram and Mary Jo Peebles (Book Review). Journal of Personality Assessment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00223891.2017.1298116.
Modi, K., Nayar-Akhtar, M., Ariely, S., Gupta, D., Dyette, K. (Ed) (2016). Addressing challenges of transition from children’s home to independence: Udayan Care’s Udayan Ghars (Sunshine Children’s Homes) & aftercare programme. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 15(1), 1-15.
Dyette, K., & Nayar-Akhtar, M.C. (2015). Understanding institutionalized children in a developing country: exploration of trauma and attachment at an orphanage in India. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, doi: 101177/0003065115595218.
Dyette, K., & Krauss, J. (2015, Feb 16). Peace of mind: Can you look away? In bed with the social network. Delaware County News Network. Retrieved from http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2015/02/16/life/doc54da64744e1b5422257748.txt.
Modi, K., Dyette, K., Nayar-Akhtar, M.C., & Antra (2014). Udayan Ghars (sunshine homes): a unique model as a developmental support to children in institutions. Children Australia, 39(4): 226-231, 2014, doi:10.1017/cha.2014.34.
Dyette, K., Smith, B., Haas, G., & Yap, L. (2019, March). Dominant and subjugated narratives: the culturally sensitive assessment. Presented at New Frontiers in Personality Assessment at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, New Orleans, LA. Symposium Chair.
Dyette, K. & Castineiras, P. (2017, March). Minding the body: utilizing the Rorschach and Biofeedback to inform psychotherapy treatment in a changing landscape. Presented at New Innovations in Personality Assessment at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Francisco, CA.
Dyette, K. (2017, January). Rorschach and the body. Presented at the Research Symposium at the American Psychoanalytic Association Winter Meetings, New York, NY.
Dyette, K., & Alfeo, A. (2016, March). Six degrees of separation: all roads lead to assessment – the collaborative assessment case conference experience. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL.
Dyette, K., & Nayar-Akhtar, M. (2015, January). Understanding institutionalised children in a developing country: exploration of trauma and attachment at an orphanage in India. Poster presented at the American Psychoanalytic Association Winter Meetings, New York, NY.
Certifications & Training
Last 4 years
Telepsychology Best Practices 101, American Psychological Association (APA)
Training & Education in Sexual & Domestic Violence in Compliance with Chapter 260, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Certified Juvenile Court Clinicians Speciality Training, UMASS Medical School Department of Psychiatry
Certified Juvenile Court Clinicians Specialty Training - Assessment for Juveniles with Sexual Offenses, UMASS Medical School Department of Psychiatry
Clinical & Forensic Assessment of Psychosis: Recent Developments, Society for Personality Assessment (SPA)
How Can Assessment Trainers Cultivate Diversity Sensitivity in Graduate Students? A Developmental Presentation (SPA)
Introduction to the Practice of Forensic Psychological Assessment (SPA)
Juvenile Court Clinicians Conference, (DMH)
Assessing Children & Adolescents (SPA)
Children in the Legal System (SPA)
Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child Assessment: The Shattering Experience of Trauma & Psychosis (SPA)
Integrating Neuropsychology & Psychodynamic Understanding in Rorschach Assessment of Senior Adults (SPA)
Neurocognitive Testing, Personality Assessment, & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, An Integrative Clinical Illustration (SPA)
Psychological Testing That Matters: Assessment for Treatment Planning (SPA)
Restoring Epistemic Trust Through Therapeutic Assessment (SPA)
Utility of Single Rorschach or Projective Responses in Personality Assessment (SPA)
Biological Research with the Rorschach (SPA)
Obstacles & Opportunities for Therapeutic Assessment (SPA)
There is Still Room for Projection in the Rorschach (SPA)
DMH - Department of Mental Health
SPA - Society for Personality Assessment
UMASS - University of Massachusetts