If someone were to tell me several years ago that working with gifted, 2e, and children with learning disabilities would become my passion, I would have been surprised! It took a home-grown experience to launch my career in this direction. Among my children there is both giftedness and dyslexia, so I know first hand the unique feelings and concerns parents have when their child has exceptions. Navigating the school system and advocating for one’s children is an ongoing process and I am eager to share my knowledge and experience in order to help other families.
I have a passion for understanding human nature. I was drawn to psychology because I wanted to help others and alleviate some of the suffering in life that can be overcome. This led to specialization in cognitive therapy (patients have referred to it as “mind surgery”). This evidence-based model is particularly effective for children and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, and poor self-esteem. I also believe that when working with children, the family system must be included. This is the key to lasting change and positive growth. Experience with system-related models, like multisystemic therapy, has provided a grounding for working effectively with families. Adding other evidence-based techniques from cognitive-behavioral traditions (including ACT, DBT, REBT, exposure therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches) helps target specific symptoms and change maladaptive beliefs. Understanding each family’s unique needs and building a strong and trusting relationship is at the heart of my philosophy of assessment and treatment.