I completed my doctoral degree at Texas A&M University and doctoral internship in the Psychological and Social Services Department of Dallas Independent School District. Prior to returning to school for my doctorate, I earned my master’s degree in school psychology at Texas Woman’s University. While working as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) for over a decade in central Texas schools, I developed an interest in supporting students with mental health concerns in the classroom and advocating for disability supports and services.
Throughout my career and training, I have provided interventions for children, adolescents, and young adults. Given my extensive background in education as well as working in community mental health and hospital settings, I have served children and families from diverse settings; therefore, I am able to assist individuals and families presenting with a wide range of concerns. My intervention experience encompasses a variety of challenges including learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, attention disorders, and other health impairments. I have specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), behavioral consultation, parent coaching/training, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-focused cognitive-behavior therapy (TF-CBT), mindfulness, crisis intervention, eating disorders, and grief. Additionally, I have extensive experience and training in completing comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults.
I believe that a supportive therapeutic relationship is a key factor in motivating positive life changes. During sessions, I strive to help clients experience acceptance, respect, and positive regard. I offer developmentally-appropriate therapy, consultation, and coaching for my clients. Furthermore, I practice ongoing progress monitoring and continued collaboration between myself and my client’s support systems (family members, teachers, or outside health professionals) to ensure continuity of care and treatment effectiveness.
I utilize an integrative approach for both case conceptualization and intervention planning. Because human development is influenced by the interaction of multiple factors, I find that a transactional bio-psycho-social perspective best accounts for the complexity of human behavior and its origin. Specifically, Bronfenbrenner’s ecological-biological model permits the integration of various theoretical perspectives, including biological, behavioral, cognitive, and family systems theories. My training has afforded me experience in utilizing multiple evidence-based therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. Therefore, I believe an integrative approach is essential given each client’s unique circumstances, demanding flexibility when developing and implementing a treatment plan.
Areas of Therapy/Consultation Specialization
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Behavior Therapy for anxiety, mood, social challenges, and adjustment difficulties
- Parent training and coaching to enhance development and reduce challenging behaviors
- Teacher training and consultation
- Coping with disability in children, adolescents, and young adults
My goal during the assessment process is to identify each unique client’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses and determine what recommendations will best enable the client to reach their goals. My school-based experience allows me to conduct evaluations that are both useful and accessible to students, parents, and teachers. My specialized knowledge in the special education process and Section 504 enables me to assist clients with accessing services that will support their educational needs. Additionally, I have conducted evaluations for college-age students in order to assist them with obtaining disability accommodations. I specialize in the assessment of individuals preschool age through young adulthood with neurodevelopmental concerns such as learning difficulties, attention-deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, emotional/behavioral disorders, and social-communication difficulties.
Areas of Assessment Specialization
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning difficulties in reading, math and written language
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Emotional Disturbance (ED)
- Other Health Impairments (OHI)
- Assessments to access an individualized education plan (IEP) or 504 disability accommodations
- Mood Disorders
- 1998 — Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- 2004 — Master of Arts, School Psychology, Texas Woman’s University
- 2017 —Doctor of Philosophy, School Psychology, Texas A&M University
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas (#37988)
- Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Texas (#32692)
- Nationally Certified School Psychologist (#34155)
- National Register Health Service Psychologist (#56356)