I am an Arizona native and grew up in the Phoenix area. I attended Arizona State University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I then pursued a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling. As a former Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist, I have extensive experience working with children with executive functioning issues, ADD/ADHD, anxiety and developmental disorders.
My teaching experience in an academic setting includes a graduate-level course, “Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents”, as well as a marriage enrichment course for law students and their spouses. In a clinical setting, my teaching experience with children includes working at a therapeutic school providing academic and counseling services to children with learning disabilities. This position included teaching an individualized academic program to students and conducting bi-weekly education with parents. I have provided education and training in executive functioning skill development to parents and children in both individual and group settings.
Connecting with children of all ages has always been easy for me because I am forever fascinated with how they see the world and how they think and feel about what they see. I believe I was attracted to child play therapy because instinctively, play at any level is the way a child expresses who they are without reservation. I was also trained in “systems therapy”, which means I consider not only the whole child, but the family, peer and social system that supports them.
I am very involved with my family and love the time I spend with them. My interests include volunteer work, walking, writing, singing and a newly attempted activity - Pilates.
I am very excited to offer Executive Skills Coaching to children and teens who want to push themselves to reach their full potential as a student and as a person.