My Approach to Helping
I am devoted to helping children, teens, and adults fully understand their abilities, strengths, and challenges through the assessment process. My specialty is in working with "Conundrum Kids" - students who have a wide mix of strengths and challenges and who tend to stump their parents and teachers. I use formal and informal psychological, educational, and neuropsychological assessment techniques to look at the Big Picture. In many ways, the assessment process is much like detective work, and we have to work together to find the answers. I use research-supported assessment and clinical techniques. I highly value the assessment process in helping to fully understand children's (and adults) abilities and creating a blueprint for the future. At the same time, people are more than scores on tests, and identifying giftedness, twice-exceptionality, executive function deficits, ADHD, and learning challenges is as much an art as it is a science. The formal assessment is often just the beginning. Once we sort out the answers to the "What" (Gifted? ADHD? 2e?), then we turn to the "How" of moving forward. We will look closely at educational options, any support or interventions that are needed, and creating a detailed plan for helping your child (and/or you!) succeed. When needed, I consult with schools to develop detailed plans for supporting student's needs for enrichment and accommodations in order to be successful.
More Info About My Practice
I am the founder and executive director of PEAK Exceptional Services. We offer comprehensive educational, psychological, and neuropsychological assessments to identified giftedness, learning disabilities such as dyslexia, executive function deficits, ADHD, high functioning autism, and twice-exceptionality. I consult with parents locally and in other parts of the country and am a strong advocate for helping students get the enrichment, support, and accommodations they need to be successful in school. Our practice also offers individual and family counseling as well as educational coaching. Please visit our website for additional information about my background and the specific services and specialties offered at PEAK.
My Role as a Therapist
My clinical style is collaborative and down to earth. My life experiences as a parent have been just as important as my formal training and experiences in clinical and neuropsychology in shaping the work that I do. My journey as a parent of two children with very different needs has made me a much better psychologist and consultant. I like to "keep it real" in my work with clients. You will find me to be warm and down to earth, and keenly interested in understanding and supporting your child's (and your) needs.
My extensive background in providing relationship therapy with individuals and couples has helped me to be well-rounded in my work, which can include consultation, assessment, and therapy. Raising differently wired children is hard work! They keep us on our toes nearly every minute of every day and they require us to re-evaluate everything we thought we knew about parenting and education. Many parents I meet with struggle with knowing how best to advocate for their children. When children are struggling at school, socially, and/or emotionally, it's important for parents to "get it." Gifted and twice-exceptional children in particular need to know that their parents are on their side. I enjoy consulting with and coaching parents in their journey as well. Sometimes, parents are not on the same page with how to do this, and their child's challenges can put a strain on their relationship. Gifted children tend to be highly perceptive and family discord can be an added stress for everyone. It's just as important to address these struggles as it is to get children the support they need.