I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Arizona. I received my Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesse. I received my Master's (M.A.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees from Arizona State University and completed a clinical internship at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of different urban and rural settings. I have conducted psychotherapy within hospitals, community outpatient mental health centers, and private practices. My work in community outpatient mental health centers has been primarily with underserved populations, which has deepened my understanding of mental illness, stress, and resilience. I completed my clinical internship at a children's hospital on the south side of Chicago, where I worked with youth experiencing mental health issues, chronic illness, and severe trauma. Much of my work took place on the inpatient unit of the hospital, where I provided consultation/liaison services to the medical residents and attending physicians. I developed a strong ability to treat multiple complex issues simultaneously, as many of the patients were experiencing major life stressors, in addition to mental and physical health problems. I have worked with a number of individuals who endured physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect, medical trauma, and neighborhood violence, and these experiences have enabled me to understand the impact of trauma on one's mental and physical functioning.
In private practice settings, I have treated a number of different issues, ranging from family conflict to emotional issues to behavior problems. I have also helped families enhance their communication skills and thus improve their relationships. In addition, I have led social skills, self-esteem, and stress management groups for high-functioning children and adolescents. Much of my research and clinical training focused on families experiencing separation and divorce. I have studied the impact of parental divorce on child well-being and have led parenting skills groups for divorcing parents. I also have experience with the unique challenges faced by blended families.
Although I do not currently provide this service, I have completed many psychoeducational evaluations for children and adults seeking accommodations for their learning and mental health issues. I am well-versed at interpreting the results of these evaluations and have helped many of my clients advocate for accommodations within their school and work environments.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Arizona. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland, and received my Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Maryland’s APA accredited doctoral program. I completed her pre-doctoral internship working with college students at California State University- Fullerton and then was accepted into the post-doctoral training program at Pacific Clinics community mental health center. I have training and clinical experience in various sites including outpatient clinics, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, medical offices, VA medical centers, hospitals and private practice.
I provide individual therapy to preschoolers/kindergarteners (ages 5-7), children, teens, and adults and also conduct couples and family therapy, parenting skills training, and group therapy. I specialize in treating anxiety and stress, and also particularly enjoy working with clients to help resolve relational and familial distress and self-esteem difficulties. I also have considerable experience treating clinical concerns of depression and other mood disorders, behavioral concerns, academics issues, ADHD and executive dysfunction, grief and loss, and body image concerns.
I am an active therapist invested in helping you achieve your desired changes and increase your self-awareness and personal growth. My approach to therapy is a supportive and collaborative one, where I use my own clinical expertise as well as my client’s individual desires for change to develop a positive and effective therapeutic experience. My years of diverse clinical experience allow me to work with clients using various treatment approaches that will best suit the needs of each individual client.