My Approach to Helping
I use custom and targeted testing to answer your questions about learning and academic issues, autism spectrum disorders, and to help you find ways to cope with ADHD. Answers from evaluations help to connect you to the right resources like school supports and specific therapeutic approaches. I work hard so that people from all backgrounds feel comfortable, carefully listened-to, and respected for who they are. If your kid finds transitions difficult or feels nervous about seeing "the doctor," my work style and office are optimized to keep appointment as stress-free as possible. I use therapy methods tailored from research-based interventions linked to each person's diagnosis and the treatment goals you want to address.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and behavioral concerns for younger children. I also provide therapy and surgery recommendation letter services for the transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender expansive communities. Evaluations for letters are conducted without a requirement for any ongoing therapy relationship with me and are usually one 2-hour appointment.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
For younger children, finding ways to work with parents is often key to helping them. Schools are also often important partners to help understand what might be the reason for certain behaviors. Helping the adults who surround and care for a small child is often the best way to help the child. This may also be true for some issues with tweens and teens. Adults, teens, and young adults can often work on their own to understand what is bothering them and then make decisions about what they might want to do to address their problems. Choosing to make some personal change or seeing your situation in a new light is often an important step in solving the problem you came to see me about.