I specialize in psychological testing; in conducting psychological, psycho-educational, and cognitive assessments. I work with children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years. Over the years, I have acquired experience in assessing and creating treatment plans for developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders (i.e., aspergers, pdd-nos), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, attention problems, communication difficulties, trauma/abuse, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, learning challenges, social difficulties, and life transitions (i.e., changing schools, adolescence, family problems).
For the past several years I have worked, conducting assessments, for organizations such as, Kaiser Permanente and the Children’s Health Council. I have contracted for the KidScope Clinic at Santa Clara County as well as for their Juvenile Division. I also specialize in creating treatment plans that help families figure out which steps to take to help their child.
I have created training programs for doctorate level interns as well as trained other psychologists on assessment. I found that the key in training other clinicians and colleagues was to emphasize that the diagnosis is not as relevant as the symptoms; it is most important to figure out what is happening and then try to figure out how to best approach the problem versus coming up with a diagnostic label.
I trained extensively at various Kaiser Permanente locations, the St. Helena’s Hospital (the psychiatric inpatient facility for children, teens, and adults), The Portial-Bell Hume Center, and the Tarzana Treatment Center. Training programs included individual therapy, group therapy, intakes, and assessments.
I obtained my Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at the California State University, Fullerton. I then pursued graduate work at the American School of Professional Psychology, now known as Argosy University, in Alameda, Ca. At ASPP, I obtained a Masters (M.A.) as well as a Doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology.