As a clinical psychologist, I treat children and adolescents who have experienced childhood trauma and those needing assistance with behavioral management. I provide treatment in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).
I became interested in psychology while working with vulnerable populations during college. I found they often had a lack of access to resources. When I worked with children in a residential facility, I was inspired by their resilience and capacity to overcome all odds.
My approach to care is to help children and families identify, from their point of view, what is not working or what is preventing them from achieving their own goals. I also work with children and families to determine how to integrate the skills and treatment I offer regarding trauma treatment and behavioral management within the family system, of which they are the experts.
As a researcher, I want to see if one's ability to identify valuable coping skills appropriate to the situation can reduce distress for individuals in unstable or uncertain conditions. I am also trying to identify brief interventions to increase an individual's ability to determine which coping strategies would be most helpful in which situations.
When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, completing puzzles, and running or hiking outdoors.
PhD: University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 2022.
Internship: UC Davis CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation) Center, Sacramento, CA, 2021-2022.
Childhood trauma; behavioral management; cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); parent and child interaction therapy (PCIT); trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Childhood trauma; coping flexibility; developing and testing brief interventions; increasing willingness to engage in therapeutic services
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