I am a licensed psychologist practicing in Fort Collins, Colorado. I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University in August 2015. I have almost 7 years of clinical experience in a wide range of settings; including community mental health centers, hospitals, primary care practices, and residential care facilities. I have also spent several years working in elementary school classrooms, both traditional and those for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders. My passion is providing high-quality assessment and therapy services for children and adolescents.
I am experienced in assessing for concerns commonly encountered in childhood, such as ASD, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, and learning disorders. I am a firm believer that assessment not only informs treatment, but can function as a kind of treatment in and of itself. Through assessment, we take issues that can often feel overwhelming and vague, and provide both a framework for understanding and a path for moving forward. I realize that testing can be a stressful proposition for children and families. To help lower stress during testing, I always try to take a thoughtful and warm approach during the experience, as we work together to identify concerns and create a plan for addressing them.
As a therapist, my goal is to provide well-researched interventions to my clients, delivered in a collaborative and compassionate style. I’m a bit of a nerd by nature and my training involved a strong grounding in clinical science, so you can trust that whatever treatment approaches we discuss will be grounded in what we know typically works for children. However, I am not a “one-size-fits-all” clinician. I believe a supportive and validating working relationship, where you feel heard, is the most important thing if real change is going to occur. I will work with you, your family, and other supports (teachers, doctors, etc) to create a treatment approach that best addresses your needs. I am comfortable treating a wide-range of presenting concerns, with special expertise in addressing anxiety disorders, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and social concerns in children.
In terms of personal background, I grew up in upstate New York and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at Binghamton University. I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, NY before moving onto a clinical postdoc in the San Francisco bay area at Kaiser Permanente-Walnut Creek’s mental health clinic. My husband and I then moved to Fort Collins after hearing rave reviews regarding the overall quality of life here by friends and family living in the area. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and tabletop games (I’m personally very proud of a several- year-long undefeated streak at Pictionary). I also love spending time with my friends and family, as well as my sweet senior dog, Murray.
- M.S. – Clinical Psychology, Binghamton University (State University of New York)
- PhD – Clinical Psychology, Binghamton University (State University of New York)
- Licensed Psychologist – CO PSY-4632
- The American Psychological Association (APA)
- Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54)
- Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (Division 53)
- APA-approved Pre-doctoral Internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center
- Child and Adolescent Track
- Post-doctoral Residency at Kaiser Permanente-Walnut Creek
- Child and Family Team
- The Massachusetts Medical School Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Certificate Program.
- Training provided by the UMASS Center for Integrated Primary Care, 9/2014-12/2014