I provide individual counseling and psychotherapy to adults. I also offer consultation and supervision for mental health professionals and training for organizations on culturally-competent healthcare. My research interests include the intersection of culture, spirituality, bereavement, and psychological adjustment. I am fully bilingual and offer services in English and/or Spanish.
I earned a doctorate (PhD) in Counseling Psychology from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) and completed an internship and post-doctoral residency at The Ohio State University, Counseling and Consultation Service (Columbus, Ohio). I am a licensed psychologist (LP) and training supervisor for counselors (LPCC-S) in Ohio. I am also listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I have more than 18 years of experience working at university counseling centers, community mental health, and private practice. Previously, I served as a senior staff psychologist at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service and as an embedded psychologist at the OSU Moritz College of Law.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Latinx Psychological Association, and the Ohio Psychological Association. My practice is located in Clintonville; a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.
I grew up in Puerto Rico and love to visit the island to spend time with family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy road trips through country roads, landscape photography, watching movies, and spending time with my family.
McCabe, B. E., Escoto, E. R., Cruz-Ortega, L. G., Munoz-Rojas, D., & Gattamorta, K. (2017). Translation and psychometric properties of a Spanish version of the College Alcohol Problems Scale. Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.06.023
Gutierrez, D., Barden, S. M., Ali, S., & Cruz-Ortega, L. G. (2016). Perspectiva masculina: An exploration of intimate partners of Latina breast cancer survivors. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. doi: 10.1177/1066480716648690
*Cruz-Ortega, L. G., Gutierrez, D., & Waite, D. (2015). Religious orientation and ethnic identity as predictors of religious coping among bereaved individuals. Counseling and Values, 60, 67-83. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-007X.2015.00061.x
Cruz-Ortega, L. G. (November, 2007). Religious expressions in times of stress: A brief review of the psychology of religious coping and its applications in clinical settings. ACPA Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Newsletter. Available:
*Biggs-Pine Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution to the journal Counseling & Values (2014-2015)