Deciding to start therapy is a brave and often difficult decision. I’d love to speak with you about what you’d like help with and how I can assist! Contact me now to schedule a free phone consultation.
I have extensive experience delivering the highest quality interventions, as well as contributing to the research and training of these evidence-based treatments through my work at the University of Miami as Director of the Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC), Clinical Supervisor of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program (CAMAT), and Clinical Supervisor of the Psychological Services Center (PSC). More importantly, I approach therapy with empathy, compassion, and a bit of humor!
For children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, the research is clear, in that what usually works the best for most people is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure/response prevention (E/RP). In recognizing that every child, teen, and family is different, I meet my clients where they are and pull from other evidence-based interventions (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT], social skills instruction, etc.), as needed.
Most of my clients with ASD come to me for help with social difficulties, anxiety, depression, obsessions/compulsions, and/or organization and planning problems (executive dysfunction). I work with children, adolescents, and adults. Typical therapeutic modalities include CBT, behavioral strategies, and social skills training. I tailor sessions to the uniques needs of each client, often incorporating visuals and other creative motivation techniques. I respect and value my clients’ neurodiversity; our goals for therapy will be a mutual decision.
Individual therapy is typically scheduled for weekly 50-minute sessions. I often include parents and/or other family members into therapy, in some capacity, to empower parents and their child, adolescent, and even adult child, when indicated, to carry over newly learned skills outside the therapy setting.
Areas of Specialization:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Girls/Women with ASD
- Social Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
- Selective Mutism
- Panic Attacks
- Tourette’s and Tic Disorders
- Parenting a child with special needs