About Dr. Evans:I received my doctorate from Vanderbilt University and completed my internship at Baylor College of Medicine. During my training, I have worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of settings. I first became interested in psychology while volunteering at a school for individuals with developmental disabilities while a student at Princeton University. I was inspired by the strength and resilience of the students, siblings, and families coping with stress associated with disabilities. I wanted to learn more about how individuals use their unique strengths and innate coping abilities to overcome significant life stressors.
My clinical training has focused on evidence-based therapies to treat a range of mood and behavioral problems. Specifically, I have in-depth training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and stress in children, adolescents, and young adults. I draw upon models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), mindfulness, and behavioral therapy. While working at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Baylor College of Medicine, I also received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). At the ApaCenter, I provide comprehensive psychological evaluations and therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with a range of learning, mood, and developmental concerns.
I consider it a privilege to partner with children, teens, young adults, and families to work toward overcoming obstacles in their lives. My goal as a therapist is to be an empathic listener and provide a comfortable and nonjudgmental environment for you to discuss your concerns. This will assist in allowing us to build a strong and authentic working relationship, which is the foundation for collaborating to make progress toward your goals.
I have been trained in evidence-based interventions, which are strategies that have been scientifically tested and proven to work. I integrate techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and relaxation, and behavioral strategies. While my training allows me to suggest interventions that I am confident are effective, I use these strategies flexibly, applying them with consideration for an individual’s unique strengths, background, and preferences. In my work with very young and elementary age children, the therapy involves parents extensively. This is to ensure that caregivers are getting information about the strategies being used, practicing them in the real world, and giving feedback about the child’s progress. With all clients, ongoing discussion and feedback about progress is a very important component of therapy and central to a strong and evolving relationship. Overall in therapy, my role is to use proven strategies to help you make healthy changes and to apply them in a way that works in your life.
Areas of Therapy/Consultation Specialization:
- Anxiety, depression, and mood difficulties
- Trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Coping with stress, adjustment to life transitions, achievement-related pressure
- Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Aspergers
- Parent consultation and coaching
The evaluation process offers a unique opportunity to examine a problem from multiple angles and put together pieces of an often very complex “puzzle.” A psychoeducational or psychological evaluation can provide clarity regarding a diagnosis, an individual’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses, and appropriate treatment. I have experience in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning and cognitive differences. I view the individual being assessed and/or caregivers as the most important part of the assessment team, and he/she is actively involved in giving and getting feedback throughout the process. When appropriate, I also strive to bring together perspectives from different professionals, family members, and educators to develop a more comprehensive picture. In my reports, I provide guidance regarding evidence-based treatments for specific diagnoses, educational materials and resources, academic accommodations, and guidelines for other treatment providers.
Assessment Areas of Specialization:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- ADD/ADHD and learning disorders, including dyslexia
- Anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mood difficulties
- Disability determination for access to educational services and accommodations
- 2006—B.S., Princeton University, Psychology
- 2010—M.S., Vanderbilt University, Clinical Psychology
- 2014—Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Clinical Psychology
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas #37080