I’ve enjoyed working with children for years, ever since I worked as a camp counselor during my undergraduate school summers. Working as a therapist is a rewarding process, allowing me to watch and cheer kids on as they overcome difficulties and discover strengths they didn’t realize they had.
As a pediatric psychologist, I practice outpatient therapy with grade-school aged children and teenagers. I focus on problems such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anger and behavior disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), self-injury and suicidal ideation.
I believe effective patient care begins with respect, empathy and hope. The interventions I use focus not only on addressing outward symptoms, such as behaviors and affect, but also underlying elements, including cognitive and emotional processing. I encourage my patients and their families to identify their own treatment goals, which ensures that interventions target the areas most important to them. In my experience, therapy is most effective when kids and teenagers feel like active participants in therapy, sharing their own expertise about their problems and experiences.
In my free time, both my wife and I love to cook. We can usually be found tackling a new recipe in the kitchen or hiking with Sparky, our dog.