TESTING & EVALUATIONS
Trained as a school psychologist and having practiced in schools and multiple clinic settings, I have extensive experience conducting comprehensive evaluations to assess and diagnose neurodevelopmental, behavioral, psychological, and learning disorders, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), ADHD, learning disabilities, and more. I currently provide these evaluations for youth aged 1-16.
An evaluation with me starts with a parent-only intake appointment, during which we can discuss your concerns for your child in detail. From there, diagnostic testing is scheduled to take place in my office, which typically takes between 2-6 hours, depending on the child and the questions you are hoping to answer with an evaluation. Typically, parents and teachers will also be expected to complete behavior rating forms to supplement my testing with the child. Following the completion of all testing, a feedback session is then scheduled with the parents to discuss the results of the evaluation and any appropriate recommendations for treatment. A complete diagnostic report will also be provided at the time of the feedback session. The entire process, from start to finish, typically takes about 4-6 weeks.
I also conduct IQ/Gifted Assessments and Early Entrance to Kindergarten evaluations. Please note that insurance does not cover IQ and Early Entrance to Kindergarten Evaluations.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
I have worked with individuals with autism and their families for over 15 years. I have expertise in providing assessment and treatment services for families of youth with autism and related developmental disorders.
I use what is considered to be the "gold standard" in testing procedures for the diagnosis of autism. This includes both cognitive testing and diagnostic testing using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2).
**As of April 2022, my schedule and waitlist for therapy are both full, and I cannot accommodate new families for therapy services at this time.
I enjoy supporting families affected by ADHD and oppositional/defiant behaviors. Using evidence-based interventions for parent coaching, individual psychotherapy, and consultation with schools, I can help children succeed at home and school.
My approach to parent training is thoroughly behavioral in nature. I use elements of programs such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Helping the Noncompliant Child, and Dr. Russell Barkley's Parent Management Training (i.e., the Defiant Child). All of these programs highlight the importance of, first, strengthening the parent-child relationship with play and positive attention; then, improving compliance with parental expectations using positive reinforcement.
Additionally, I have had the pleasure of being trained and accredited by Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton herself in providing parent management training using the evidence-based Incredible Years program, specifically for young children with autism spectrum disorders. While I do not currently run any parent training groups using the Incredible Years curriculum, I do incorporate elements of the program into my individual work with parents of kids on the autism spectrum.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY WITH KIDS & YOUNG TEENS
**As of April 2022, my schedule and waitlist are both full, and I cannot accommodate new families for therapy services at this time.
I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children and young teens affected by anxiety disorders, avoidance behaviors, and other emotional and behavioral challenges.
My approach with each child differs according to their needs, but in general, I use evidence-based, protocolized CBT interventions, such as Dr. Kendall's Coping Cat program for young children with anxiety (see www.copingcatparents.com for more information). For many kids and young teens, I also incorporate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) using the DNA-V approach, which is an ACT-based intervention program for young people that teaches mindfulness and living according to one's values.
Although I occasionally work with youth with high-risk behaviors including self-harm or suicidality, this is not my area of expertise. If your child is experiencing these problems, I will try to help you find a mental health provider who specializes in this work.