My approach to working with children and families is collaborative and strengths-based. I strive to create a welcoming and supportive space for clients to feel safe showing all aspects of who they are. Together we will set goals that are meaningful, identify strengths, and develop skills to help children feel heard, understood and confident.
I love working with kids and families! As a clinician, I enjoy helping children, parents, and families develop coping and communication skills to enhance their relationships and live happy and fulfilled lives. I have worked with children and youth across the age span (from toddlers to young adults), and in various settings, including a school for children with learning differences, a residential care facility, a hospital-based pediatric oncology and hematology unit, a day program serving mothers with substance use problems and their young children, and an outpatient trauma program for maltreated children. I am grateful to all the clients that I have had the privilege to work with over the years. Their bravery and resilience as they face their fears and try new ways of being and doing continues to inspire me. They have taught me more about being a compassionate clinician than all of my years of formal education.
I have a MS in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State. My areas of focus in graduate school were child trauma and child learning disabilities, and I have been trained in various modalities to address these concerns, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. I have been licensed as a psychologist in California for 11 years, and during that time, I served as the director of an institute that trains and supervises therapists who provide positive parenting supports to families in the community. In that role, I received training in Triple P, the Incredible Years, and other positive parenting programs. I have also received continuing education in the area of neurodiversity, specifically in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
For many people it can feel daunting to see a psychologist. I strive to create a warm, safe, and respectful environment where my clients can be themselves and not feel like they have to censor any aspects of their personalities or experience. In the first session, we will get to know each other, talk about your hopes and your concerns for yourself and your child, and identify the unique strengths that you and your child bring to the therapy process. My approach is to work collaboratively with clients. I believe that parents are the experts on their family and that children are the experts on their own feelings, even if they do not yet have the words to express them. I do not believe in “fixing” children or families. I believe that all of us are doing the very best we can with the skills, resources, and perspectives that we have. Therefore, in therapy, my role is to help families expand their skills, develop new resources, and broaden their perspectives to successfully address their current challenges and live happier lives.
I offer individual and family therapy, social-emotional groups for school-age children, parent training, school consultation, and psychological evaluation.