My experience has included working with a diverse population of socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, treating children diagnosed with Mood, Anxiety, Attention Deficit, and Learning Disorders, motor coordination delays, speech and language issues, medical/neurological conditions and syndromes, behavioral problems, feeding issues, and social skills deficits. I also have experience treating gay and lesbian parents, immigrant families, and adopted children.
I have enjoyed working with children from the time I volunteered with abused, physically disabled, and terminally ill children in Bay Area schools. Subsequently I worked as a substitute teacher in East Harlem at the Central Park East School, a leader in the progressive model of education both nationally and internationally. From this and other teaching experiences in NYC area public schools, I discovered how crucial it is for children to have a safe and nurturing environment to thrive. One day, while working at a failing school in the Bronx, a second grade boy came to me and told me that when he was old enough, he wanted to buy a gun and shoot himself. I found myself at a loss for words, and all I could say was how sorry I was that he felt that way. From that day, my path was clear.
Returning to California, I pursued and received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. I completed my Pre-Doctoral Internship at CPMC Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, treating children, adults, couples, and families. After my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the CPMC Child Development Center, I joined the staff as a Child Psychologist. I currently work with a multidisciplinary team of developmental pediatricians, pediatric psychiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, educational therapists, psychologists, social workers, and intake coordinators.
Over the years, I have developed a sensitivity and compassion not only for the children who act out and scream for help, but also for those who suffer quietly and are often overlooked.