I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University in 1991. I have licenses to practice psychology in Nebraska and California. I have worked with children and families in a variety of settings, including teen substance abuse research, therapeutic foster care, youth group homes and emergency shelters, schools, and private practice.
My theoretical orientation is primarily behavioral and cognitive-behavioral, although I incorporate techniques from other disciplines as needed to best serve my clients. I also have more than 25 years of experience conducting cognitive, academic, behavioral, emotional, and neuropsychological assessments with children and teens.
For 15 years, I worked as the Psychologist at a Catholic Elementary and Middle School in Rancho Santa Margarita while also maintaining a part-time private practice. I began full-time private practice in August of 2014. I provide a range of services in my practice, including: assessment with children and teens; counseling with youth and families; consultation services with parents; educational planning and support with schools; and other services designed to help each child achieve his or her full potential. I incorporate my Christian values into counseling when appropriate and welcomed by my clients and their families.
I am a past and/or current member of the following professional organizations: American Psychological Association (APA); Association of Educational Therapists (AET, Allied Professional); California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT, Associate Member); California Psychological Association (CPA); and International Dyslexia Association (IDA). I have presented at many national conferences, and I am co-author on more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles. I contribute to the profession of psychology by supervising pre-doctoral interns and volunteering as a mentor for psychology undergraduate students at San Diego State University (SDSU).
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the word may be different, because I was important in the life of a child."