Meet Our Team
Trudy-Ann Gayle, PhD
Trudy-Ann Gayle is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides counseling and related services. Her clinical areas of specialization include working with adults diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders and female survivors of sexual abuse. She also has training in working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). She works with all age ranges and people from different socioeconomic groups and ethnicities, but she particularly enjoys providing services to women of color.
Dr. Gayle has worked in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community mental health clinics (CMHCs), prisons, day treatment programs, bariatric clinics, and college counseling centers.
Dr. Gayle has held many administrative and leadership positions in her career. Upon receiving her doctorate of philosophy from the University of Rhode Island in 2011, she went on to pursue a career as an administrator at Interfaith Medical Center. She served as both an Inpatient psychiatric psychologist as well as clinical coordinator and director of clinical services for the inpatient psychiatric units during her tenure. She has also served as the Director and treatment team leader to an assertive community treatment (ACT) team.
Dr. Gayle holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Hampton University where she graduated magna cum laude
. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Merced where she worked with the college student population and received certificates in cultural competency and minority issues in mental health. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island with certificates in minority studies and women's studies, and she received her postdoctoral training at State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College where she also worked in college counseling with first-generation minority college students.
Among all of her educational achievements, Dr. Gayle enjoys teaching and mentorship. She taught for five years at the undergraduate level courses such as Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. She has also provided clinical supervision and training to graduate students on internship and conducted seminars on minority issues in mental health and cultural competency as well as diagnostic evaluation and testing. She is not afraid to have difficult discussions about race and ethnicity and the oppression and marginalization that minority populations face in receiving mental health services and diagnostic challenges.
Currently, Dr. Gayle serves as an independent contractor and senior psychologist to the geriatric population in nursing homes, where she deals with issues such as death and dying and poor adjustment to illness and disabilities.
In 2015, Dr. Gayle, along with her husband Arron, who is a licensed social worker, cofounded Life Matters Psychological Services NYC LLC. Life Matters is a full-service private practice, providing individuals, couples, and groups with psychotherapy services. The practice serves a wide age range of clients from varying socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Gayle serves as director of clinical services, overseeing all clinical and diagnostic issues, as well as providing supervision and mentorship to students, mental health counselors, and master of social work clinicians. She and her husband jointly provide marriage and couples therapy, which gives a unique spin on couples' counseling, as clients benefit from different perspectives as well as being treated by a married couple.
Dr. Gayle describes herself as a devoted family person. She loves spending time with her family. She and her husband have been married for two-and-a-half years and have a son, Hudson whom they both adore. She also is an animal lover and has a spunky seven-year-old Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie) named Lyla.