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My primary goal as a mental health counselor is to provide clients with opportunities for personal growth. This requires a combination of nurturing acceptance and challenging them to make the positive changes they are seeking. I bring my authentic self into my work. For me this means being direct and honest, always maintaining hope, and seizing on opportunities for humor and joy in each session.
I specialize in psychotherapy for individuals age 5 through young adulthood with high-functioning autism and their families. My approach considers the unique strengths and challenges associated with an autism diagnosis while incorporating an individualized understanding of each client's needs.
Clinically, I utilize a cognitive behavioral framework to teach clients new ways of thinking and of being. In my work with families, I employ family systems theory to address the role of the relationships and patterns of interaction between family members.
I am a classically trained school psychologist, with expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, and rare neurogenetic disorders. I received my PhD from North Carolina State University in May 2017 after completing my clinical internship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Prior to obtaining my PhD I worked in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district as a pre-k and elementary level school psychologist, with a focus on assessment, intervention, and consultation after completing my MEd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
My interests lie in early childhood development, assessment, intervention, and advocacy. I have had specialized training in working with individuals across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder and a variety of differential learning profiles.
Below you will see a range of services offered that are geared towards child and family support. My goal is to provide services that help to bridge the gap between services offered inside and outside the school setting and working with a child’s whole ecological system. Please contact us with any questions or inquires about services not listed. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your child!
As a classically trained school psychologist I have extensive experience in psychoeducational testing. When working with you and your child I will provide a comprehensive evaluation that includes perspectives from yourself, your child’s teacher, and school support staff. Evaluations traditionally include cognitive, educational, and behavioral batteries designed to offer more information about strengths and concerns. I offer school observations as part of these evaluations as well as testing on evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays in order to try to avoid having to pull your student from valuable instruction time.
Based on my experience working in the school system, I understand that it can sometimes be a hard place to navigate for parents and families. As a parent advocate and consultant I can help you understand your rights as a parent and how to voice the needs for your child. I am available to provide you with school based intervention plans, attend school meetings, and consult with teacher and support service providers in a thoughtful manner that acknowledges the inner workings of a school and goals for your child.
With this individualized service I will meet with your child on a regular basis to teach and apply organizational, time management, and study skill strategies. I will work together with you and your child to introduce helpful approaches aimed at: organizing physical space, creating a schedule, using a planner, learning how to take effective notes, and improving study skills and test taking strategies. As a clinician/parent/child team we create individualized goals and are able to offer weekly meetings to implement techniques as specifically applied to your child’s assignments and weekly to dos.
Early kindergarten entry evaluations provide the cognitive and educational standard scores and percentiles needed by many local districts in consideration for early kindergarten entry. After contacting us to schedule an early kindergarten evaluation, I will create a district specific battery to ensure all requirements are met for your application. You and your child will come in for one day of testing and another day to review results.
Academically gifted evaluations provide the cognitive and educational standard scores and percentiles needed by many local districts in consideration for academically gifted instruction. After contacting us to schedule a gifted evaluation, I will create a district specific battery to ensure all requirements are met for your application. You and your child will come in for one day of testing and another day to review results.
Educational progress evaluations provide detailed information about your child’s academic abilities. These evaluations are particularly helpful for children in non-traditional educational settings where instructors would benefit from detailed information about academic standing and progress. Educational progress testing provides information about academic skills, and results in individualized recommendations for continued growth. Assessments of this type would also meet requirements for yearly homeschool evaluations.
I am happy to discuss with you any in-home services that would help to support you and your family with intervention implementation. This service can take many forms and would be individualized to each client. Examples include setting up a structured play area, organizing a workspace, or creating visual schedules for around the house to support your child’s independent task completion.