Psychological Assessments & Evaluations

I was trained in Psychological Assessment by Mark Hume, Ph.D. and Jennifer Davidtz, Ph.D. Furthermore, I was supervised and further trained by  Kim Green, Ph.D. and Ashley Darling, Psy.D. Each of these amazing psychologists emphasized a collaborative evaluation and assessment process that found its roots in Stephen Finn, Ph.D.'s "Therapeutic Assessment."

Trained in administering, scoring, and reporting on cognitive, academic, personality (objective and projective), behavioral, executive functioning (ADHD) aspects of an individual, I have several years of experience in assessing and diagnosing individuals ages 4 - 90.

Types of Assessments & Evaluation Offered:
  • Cognitive Assessments (IQ Tests & Neurocognitive: Dementia, TBI, and Alzheimer's)
  • Academic Achievement Assessments (for Learning Disabilities)
  • Personality Assessments, Objective and Projective (for Diagnostic Clarification & Treatment Planning)
  • Executive Functioning (for ADHD & Austim Spectrum Disorder diagnosing)
  • Behavioral Functioning (for Parenting, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Parenting Evaluations
  • Safety Assessment
  • Psychosexual Evaluations
Psychological assessment is a passion of mine and can be an amazing tool in helping individuals better understand themselves and treatment teams understand the best interventions to help a patient heal.
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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can be a very supportive and emotionally healing experience. The relationship between a patient and a psychologist is special and is built on trust. The first step is to build a relationship of trust in which you feel secure and safe to share, explore, and process.
Once the patient feels safe and attuned to, the real work begins. Using clinical interventions appropriate to the presenting problem, work in session focuses on recognition, change, growth, and progression. Empirical research highlights the healing properties of an attuned psychotherapeutic experience. My goal is to provide the relationship and the play space to help the patient heal and move forward. Progress proceeds at the pace most comfortable of the patient. As appropriate and necessary, focus is placed on safety of the patient.

Treatment does not have to last forever.
Working on specific treatment goals and outcomes,
healing can occur at the patient's desired pace.

I have been trained in the following treatment orientations:

  • Brief Dynamic Therapy
  • Long-Term Dynamic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Client-Centered | Humanistic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Guided Imagery & Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ages 12-18)

Couples Therapy

Couple's Therapy is something that many couples put off for too long. A mentor once shared with me that they thought couples often come in for therapy "six years too late..." My first Master's Degree is in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy. Couple's work is some of the most difficult, yet satisfying clinical work I have experienced.

I approach couple's therapy from a three-pronged approach: communication, patterns, and family of origin. I emphasize improved communication in all aspects of the marriage, an exploration of the patterns and roles that have become entrenched as the couple has matured, and the ideas and beliefs about relationships that we bring in with us that originated in our own families. Helping a couple avoid Gottman's "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," (contempt/disgust, defensiveness, stonewalling, and criticism) leads to improved trust, love, and romance in a relationship.

Education

Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Science
with an Emphasis in Psychology, Cum Laude, 2007
New York Institute of Technology
Masters of Art in Psychology
with an Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, 2010
Chapman University
Master of Art in Clinical Psychology, 2013
American School of Professional Psychology
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2015,
American School of Professional Psychology
(APA Accredited)

Training

Doctoral Internship, 2014:
University of California, Riverside
Counseling & Psychological Services (APA Accredited)
Post Doctoral Fellowship/Residency, 2015:
University of Missouri, St. Louis
Community Psychological Services

Post-Licensure Clinical Work

  • Compass Health Network -
    Crider Health Center [Community Mental Health]
  • Deer Oaks Behavioral Health
    [Psychological Assessment for Geriatric Population]
  • Southern Virginia University -
    Student Health Center [Director, University Counseling Center]
  • Private Practice

Specialties

  • Psychological Assessments, Evaluations, and Diagnostics
  • Individual Psychotherapy:
    • Anxiety
    • Major Depressive Disorder
    • Self-Esteem
    • ADHD
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Trauma and PTSD
    • Sexuality Issues
    • Compulsive Behaviors
    • Spirituality & Religious Issues
    • Parenting
    • Substance Use/Recovery
    • Life Transitions/Decisions
    • Coping Skills
    • Communication Issues
  • Couple's Therapy:
    • Romance/Sexuality Issues
    • Affairs
    • Pornography/Compulsive Behaviors
    • Communication Issues
    • Trust
    • Extended Family/Family of Origin Issues

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