Growing up, I had a family member diagnosed with ADHD. I remember that they got to go to these ‘special appointments’, but I was never invited to go with them. I heard stories about how fun these appointments were and the games they played and the yummy snacks they got to eat.
I was always fascinated by these stories and wanted to know what I could do to attend them myself. As I began to find answers, I realized that these meetings were designed to help kids with different struggles.
As I continued to go through school, I developed a deeper interest in psychology and with my love and passion for serving others, it seemed like the perfect path for me.
I decided to study psychology at Santa Clara University and continued my education at California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno where I chose to specifically study working with children, adolescents, and families. In my early training, I worked within schools doing social skills groups, doing play therapy, and developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students.
Since then I have worked with Kaiser Permanente in the outpatient Child Psychiatry Department and Orion Academy, which is a private high school designed specifically for students with neurocognitive disabilities. I have now opened my own small practice, Child-ology, to help kids who struggle socially grow into adulthood successfully with individualized care and support.
Building personal and authentic relationships with you and your child allows the trust to build so they will let us see their world as they see it. Keeping our parents involved in this relationship and process allows you to become aligned with the techniques we go through in your child’s therapy.
At Child-ology we see this as a promise to provide you with a transparent view into your child’s progress and methods being used. In child psychology, studies show that social behavior begins to emerge in early childhood and that it is largely learned from role models. It is in my daily practice to exemplify authenticity and honesty throughout our time together so that it may be positive reinforcement for your child’s personal development.
When we become a team, it is crucial for you to see my loyalty to your family through a daily commitment to fighting the tough fights up alongside you. When you trust me with your child, I see myself as an extension of your family. I stand with you through the good and the bad times we will go through.
We focus not just on the big details, but also the small ones. This allows us to look at the situation in different ways which has allowed us to find solutions that often get missed or that do not align with each other.
We exemplify this by looking at every moment as a time for positive reinforcement and forward-thinking no matter what the situation may be.
Licensed Psychologist with the Board of California (PSY25140)
American Psychological Association
Contra Costa Psychological Association
Association for Play Therapy