Children and adolescents today face a complicated and stressful world. Their developing brains often struggle to adapt to these challenges. To manage difficult feelings, they may turn to unhelpful coping strategies such as acting out, self harm, and other maladaptive behaviors.
I have worked with children and their families over the last several years to better understand the function of these behaviors. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) strategies to help adolescents improve their ability to cope with life stressors so that they no longer need to engage in self destructive behavior. I also worked with families to improve communication and increase parenting skills for supporting a child with social emotional challenges.
As for my training, I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I received my B.A. From Colorado College and my doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. I have worked in both outpatient and residential treatment settings. I have specialized training in family-based treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).