Rafael Triana

Dr. Rafael Triana, PhD
Graduate Psychoanalyst; Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Elson Student Health
400 Brandon Ave.
Charlottesville, VA

TEL: 434-962-3555
MOBILE: 434-962-3555
FAX: 434-243-6693

E-mail: rt9x@virginia.edu

Vcard: import to my address book


Specialty: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy with Adolescents; Psychotherapy with Adolescents; Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy with Adults; Licensed Clinical Social Worker


* Rafael Triana, Ph.D.: Dr. Triana is a Psychoanalyst and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Currently, in private practice, he provides treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. He specializes in long term and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. An area of special interest is the neuroscience underlying late adolescence and young adult development and working combat trauma in veterans. As a consultant, he works with families and parents on issues of mental health, psychodynamics and human development. In addition, he provides consultations and presentations on issues pertaining to military service, combat, truama and veteran status.

In 2021, after 35 years of service, he retired from the faculty of the University of Virginia, At the University, he served in several capacities: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences; a Senior Staff clinician in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), in the Department of Student Health and Wellness. In addition, Dr. Triana is the former Division Head of Mental Health Services and former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. In 1995, he administratively merged 3 separate clinical services in the Division of Student Affairs into one clinical service that became Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health. In the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, he was the faculty director for Medical Spanish and Culture.

At CAPS, he provided a range of seminars and supervision to psychology and social work interns and post-doctoral candidates. He also taught first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine course. In the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, he provided supervision and a range of clinical seminars to PGY III and IV residents. For mental health clinicians, he has provided CEUs. In addition, he has supervised first-year and second year candidates in the China-America Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) training program via tele-video. His theoretical area of interest is in the interfaces of psychology, contemporary neuro-psychoanalytic theory and neuroscience research. He received a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work. Dr. Triana also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Drama and Religious Studies with a concentration in Buddhism from the University of Virginia. His education includes a four year fellowship in the Mental Health Division at Yale University Health Services, and completion of psychoanalytic training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he continues his affiliation as faculty. In addition, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as a professional actor. As a marine sergeant long range reconnaissance patrol leader, he served for two tours of duty in Viet Nam and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He was raised in a New York inner city barrio and comes from a family of Cuban immigrants and refugees.


Gender: Male
Languages spoken: Spanish
Accepts Insurance: N
Takes Child Patients: N
  • Graduate in Psychoanalytic Studies Program