My Approach to Helping
Being a parent is hard, especially when your child is struggling with behavioral or emotional problems. I value providing therapy that works, that helps people create a measurable, meaningful change in their lives. Parents often come to me when they are desperate and unsure how they can help their child. Sometimes they feel hopeless and alone. It is my job to use techniques and therapeutic approaches that are supported by science and literature so that children can make progress quickly and families can experience relief. I collaborate with families to find the most appropriate intervention and customize my plan to fit my clients' specific needs and goals.
I also believe that obtaining an accurate diagnosis for a child is an essential piece for guiding treatment and leading to optimal outcomes. I provide evidence-based psychological evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and other psychological concerns. I use gold-standard measures to ensure that my results are accurate and then meet with families to communicate the results and recommendations so that they can help their child find the right resources at home and at school.
More Info About My Practice
I am a certified therapist and trainer for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which is a well-known effective treatment for acting-out behaviors in young children. I am also a certified therapist for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a highly effective treatment for children who have experienced traumatic events.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
-Acting-out and noncompliant behaviors in young children and adolescents
-Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Risky and self-harming behaviors
-Reactions to trauma
-Depression and Anxiety
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love working together with families and seeing how quickly people and family dynamics can change and improve during treatment. Often children can measurably improve in a relatively short period of time. These improvements can change the entire trajectory of the family and lead to better and more satisfying longterm outcomes.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Parents often worry that taking their child to therapy means that they will be judged as "bad parents" or their child will be "labeled" in a negative or harmful way. The reality is that children do not come with manuals--they are unique people who do not always respond to the strategies that worked with us or that worked even with their siblings. Going to therapy allows an objective professional with expertise in child behavioral and emotional struggles work with you to create a more effective plan to address your child's unique needs so that he/she can thrive in the family and the world in general.