ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
I currently do not take insurance, but I do provide documentation for you to send to your insurance company.
I PRACTICE IN
AND WORK WITH
Children (12 and under)
Teens (13 - 18)
ON THESE ISSUES
ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autism, Bereavement, Body Image, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Grief, Learning Disabilities, Loneliness, Parenting, PTSD, Relationships, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Cues, Stress Management, Trauma
My expertise is in child and adolescent treatment. I provide family therapy and diagnostic/neurodevelopmental evaluations. I do accept adults in my practice when they struggle with relationships or from parenting or early childhood stress.
APPROACH & MORE ABOUT ME
In my 25+ years of experience, I have learned that the best success in mental health treatment comes from listening and collaborating with the individual (may it be a child or adult) on what they want and need, along with incorporating the knowledge and experience I have in brain development, typical/atypical symptoms, and clinical psychology.
I have been fortunate that I have worked in many settings and worked in multi-disciplinarian teams (i.e. other professionals such as psychiatrists, nurses, teachers, early interventionists, speech pathologists, home visitors, etc.) in order to offer a comprehensive treatment style. I believe all the sciences and fields overlap (medicine, learning, behaviors, mental health, development, dental, diet, exercise, et al.) so it is important to consider problems within all these contexts. My approach is relationship-focused, research-based, and developmentally-grounded.
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
My first job after my Masters was at an in-patient psychiatric hospital, which exposed me to how resilient adolescents/adults were, but also how debilitating chronic mental illness can be on individuals and their families. My interest in family systems and relationship-based work began there. I returned to school and got my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My internship and postdoctoral fellowship were in Health and Child Psychology at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, where I became exposed to the relationship between medicine and mental health. I joined an ADHD research study at UCLA for a year doing research on ADHD. I also did a mid-career fellowship later in Washington DC with ZEROTOFIVE on leadership and early intervention.
I moved to Sacramento in 1997 and accepted a job as a Clinical Psychologist with Alta California Regional Center evaluating, consulting, and treating infants, children, and adults who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities, and Seizures. After two years there, I joined UC Davis Medical Center CAARE as a Manager and Head of the Psychological Evaluation Section as well as Clinical Director of the Infant Mental Health team. I worked 10 years as a supervisor, consultant, and evaluator and also treated children and families. Since starting my private practice, I now consult with agencies, provide adoption and diagnostic evaluations, and offer individual and family therapy.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University
MA Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
BS Psychology, Texas A&M University
MAIN THERAPY TYPES
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Developmental Psychology, Family Systems, Interpersonal, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Process Oriented Psychology, Solution-focused,