As a Clinical Psychologist, I have spent the majority of my training working with children/adolescent and young adult populations. I received both my masters and doctoral degrees from Adler University (formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology) and trained in forensic, neuropsychological, private practice, and therapeutic day school environments. The experiences I have gained across these training experiences has prepared me for culturally-informed and evidence-based treatments.
Although I enjoy all aspects of working within the private practice, my passion lies with both group therapy and psychological assessment. The normalizing and supporting atmosphere that group therapy offers can be unlike any therapeutic intervention that a child experiences. At AFG, I have enjoyed the process of developing and implementing group therapy in the areas of Executive Functioning and Social Skills. In times when more information is needed, I turn to psychological assessment to gain a better understanding of the client’s overall functioning – particularly in situations in which he or she is unable to identify what they are experiencing. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to serve as a liaison between AFG and local school districts to identify and advocate for the educational needs of the child based on psychological testing and in-class observations. In doing so, our practice is able to commit to following the case through to completion, whether that means aiding in recommendations for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504, or referrals to additional services.
My treatment approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), though I often implement different approaches (i.e. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT) which allows for further exploration of the tie between thoughts and feelings. Additionally, I work from a strength-based perspective to help the client identify ways in which he or she is succeeding rather than focusing solely on the “problems.” I believe that therapy does not end with the child, and therefore make it a point to include family members in the process, while in turn striving to increase the communication among family members outside of the practice. In doing so, we are able to best support the client in as many ways and environments as possible.