(note: no longer taking new patients)
I am a clinically-trained psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and their families. I have treated children and their families in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, community-based mental health clinics, and schools. I use a client-centered, humanistic lens for my work, with the belief that people have a natural capacity to be resilient in the face of challenges when provided with the right tools and opportunities to do so. With children, I typically use play therapy as my general modality. Play therapy can also be an effective approach for engaging caregivers and other family members in the therapeutic process. Although children and adolescents are typically my identified clients, I believe it is essential to include family members in the therapeutic experience in various ways. This work together will then allow for a greater impact on life outside of the therapy room for the whole family.
I have also spent a number of years working in university settings, as both a clinical professor and researcher. I have spent the last several years teaching clinical coursework to graduate students. I spent the last ten years developing a play intervention program for young children and their families, as a way to teach mothers culturally-informed, positive play skills to use with their children and promote healthy social and emotional competence in children as they prepare for kindergarten. This work was recently published in The Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. In addition, I have worked collaboratively on various other research studies that have been published in journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology and Early Education and Development and presented this work at conferences around the country.