As a psychologist, I’m interested in helping children and adolescents through crisis evaluation and short-term intervention. I help patients with both severe internalizing behaviors, such as depression or anxiety, and severe externalizing behavior, such as aggression or hyperactivity.
I have always enjoyed working with children and understanding how to help them have happy and successful lives. If I can help children change their life trajectories at an early age, they are better prepared for the future.
I work with families as a collaborative team to get through challenging moments. There will never be a time when stressful events go away completely, so I support children and families in learning how to get through these times safely. I understand the difficulties of being a parent — a 24/7 job with no time off. Though no one can control their thoughts or emotions, families can build skills to tolerate these negative emotions if they feel overwhelmed. I also am sensitive to families’ differing cultural values.
Since evaluation and treatment require the whole family, I partner with parents and other caregivers. Parents and caregivers are a valuable part of treatment. They can coach children and adolescents to use the skills they learn during therapy in real-world situations.
I enjoy spending my free time attending community events and traveling both in the U.S. and internationally. I also like reading mystery novels and finding hip new food spots.