After an 18-year career in the field of education, I transitioned into a more focused way of helping youth and their families. I have taught in public, private, and home-school school environments. Additionally I have spent several years as a counselor and teacher at a school for students with learning differences such as visual, verbal, and auditory processing issues, ADHD, high-functioning autism, and emotional dysregulation. As a teacher, I came to know that there was a range of contributing factors to successfully educating a child – some within the classroom environment itself, but others outside of that.
This personal interest led me to transition into the field of psychology where I could study and eventually help not only the youth that I was working with, but also the parents and families that brought these kids into my classroom. This desire became the catalyst for my own psychological services practice.
In May 2011, I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA. I have worked at the House of Hope of NC with adolescent girls and at The Trilogy School with students ages 7-18 who struggle with various emotional and learning issues. I have undergone extensive training in numerous areas: Child-Centered Play Therapy; Floortime; Relationship Enhancement Therapy; the TEACH model; Executive Functioning and ADHD; Theraplay principles; Evidenced Based Trauma Interventions; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).