Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Demi Maglio, specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, chronic health conditions, chronic pain, insomnia, psycho-oncology, anxiety, trauma, as well as a variety of different phobias. She also works with individuals who desire to improve confidence, optimize performance, and initiate health behavior change. Dr. Maglio takes a holistic approach to therapy, integrating her extensive training in cognitive-behavioral modalities, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, hypnosis, and other evidence-based approaches to tailor therapy to each client’s unique individualized needs. She works collaboratively with her clients to promote change, address psychosocial barriers, and optimize overall quality of life and well-being.
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Dr. Demi Maglio is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with teens and adults that struggle with issues related to disordered eating, management of chronic health conditions, psycho-oncology, chronic pain, insomnia, trauma, anxiety-related concerns, and performance enhancement. Her interest in the field of psychology began while growing up as a ballerina, where she learned why the interconnection between psychological and physical health is vital. She pursued her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Delaware, where she assisted with research in health psychology, focusing on physical and psychosocial factors that impact cancer survivors’ quality of life. Her time spent in this research lab, as well as her experience as a competitive dancer, fostered her passion for the mind-body connection, and her desire to optimize clients’ performance and quality of life by addressing physical and psychosocial barriers.
This passion prompted Dr. Maglio to pursue her Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver, where she assisted athletes and performers in developing mental skills that address performance anxiety, foster grit, and optimize performance. During her time in Denver, she found herself compelled to bridge the gap between physical and psychological well-being for health populations more broadly, in an effort to address their health more holistically.
Dr. Maglio then earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University. She received doctoral training in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies, including CBT, ACT, exposure therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She began her doctoral training at Bancroft NeuroRehab, conducting neuropsychological assessment and individual therapy to adults diagnosed with acquired brain injuries. The following year, she trained at Cooper University Hospital, where she provided behavioral medicine consultation-liaison services to patients with a variety of medical concerns, including trauma, oncology, cardiology, neurology, and emergency medicine. She also spent a year training at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care Hospital, where she gained experience providing assessment and psychotherapy to oncology patients and caregivers in both inpatient and outpatient settings, while working as a member of an interdisciplinary team. She received additional clinical training at La Salle University’s urban community mental health clinic, where she was selected by faculty to be a chief resident, providing peer supervision regarding assessment and evidence-based treatment, and co-leading weekly group supervision with licensed psychologists.
Dr. Maglio completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. She received generalist training, with rotations in psycho-oncology, chronic pain management, spinal cord injury, neuropsychological evaluation, and the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and complex trauma. While providing comprehensive therapy and continuing to strengthen her skills in evidence-based approaches, including CBT, ACT, and trauma-focused therapies, Dr. Maglio expanded her training with a variety of other holistic modalities, such as biofeedback training, Alpha-Stim therapy, hypnosis, CBT for chronic pain, CBT for insomnia, and mindfulness-based therapies in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She also received training in the administration, scoring, and conceptualization of neuropsychological evaluation for multiple sclerosis, as well as pre-surgical bariatric and bone marrow transplant evaluations.
Dr. Maglio’s integrative approach to therapy cultivated from her extensive and diverse training experiences during her graduate training. Her approach to therapy is strongly grounded in a cognitive-behavioral framework, and integrates other evidence-based approaches, including acceptance-commitment, dialectical-behavioral, person-centered approaches, and motivational interviewing. Consistent with a person-centered approach, her style is non-authoritative, genuine, and warm, and she works to meet her clients where they are at in terms of their readiness for change, and treat clients as the expert of their own lives. With her extensive training in cognitive-behavioral modalities, she helps clients explore how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact, with the notion that if one aspect of the triad is modified, this can promote change in the other aspects of the relationship. She also draws from her training in acceptance-commitment and mindfulness-based interventions to help clients increase psychological flexibility and live a meaningful life that is guided by value-driven behavior.
Dr. Maglio has trained in a variety of inpatient and outpatient medical settings, and has received extensive training in evidence-based therapies for individuals with a variety of chronic health conditions, eating disorders, cancer diagnoses, chronic pain, insomnia, trauma, anxiety-related concerns, depression and grief and loss, as well as performance-based issues. Her comprehensive training has allowed her to consider the complex interactions between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that may account for her clients’ health, illness, and related psychosocial distress. She also values being flexible as a clinician, and thus adapts her therapeutic approach throughout the course of therapy as needed to effectively address her client’s evolving presenting concerns.
Dr. Maglio began her study of hypnosis during her pre-doctoral internship at the VA New Jersey Health Care System, where she received training in hypnotherapy for chronic pain and insomnia and witnessed the added benefits when hypnosis is used in adjunct to traditional psychotherapy. She furthered her training in hypnosis through the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), where she learned the foundational principles of hypnosis including the neurophysiology of hypnosis, fundamentals of hypnotic communication and suggestions, ego-strengthening techniques, inductions, and reorientation. She also received formal training in other holistic therapies during her graduate training, including Biofeedback Training, Alpha-Stim Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Dr. Maglio integrates her knowledge of hypnotherapy and mindfulness-based techniques with her expertise in cognitive-behavioral modalities and performance psychology, to approach therapy in a holistic way. She is also committed to lifelong learning, and she remains current on the latest scientific research and training. Taking a whole-person approach to therapy, she collaboratively works with clients to tailor therapy to each client’s unique needs, address physical and psychosocial barriers, promote positive change, and optimize overall quality of life.