Waste no more time arguing what a good person should be. Be one.
— Marcus Aurelius (121 AD -180 AD)
I am a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) based in Austin, Texas.
I have been providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups for over 10 years. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate training, I conducted various types of research on psychotherapy process (what happens in therapy) and outcome (changes that occur at the end of therapy), infant cognition, abuse/trauma and its effect on children and families (particularly ethnic minorities) and disruptive behavior disorders (among many others). I have published a number of articles and conducted many presentations/trainings on these topics.
A Cognitive Science major during my undergraduate years at the University of California, Irvine, I subsequently earned my Ph.D. from the Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While I specialized in Clinical Psychology, my exposure to various professional milieus during my training offered me a broad view of human behavior across domains. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and my post-doctoral fellowship at a community mental health center in Santa Barbara, California as the Coordinator of their Adults Molested As Children (AMAC) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs. My time in Santa Barbara was spent primarily coordinating individual and group therapy programs for AMAC clientele, conducting DBT for adults diagnosed with borderline personality disorder presenting with suicidality and providing therapy/assessment services to children, adults and families.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked at some of the premier centers of excellence in the country in the past including the UC Irvine Medical Center’s Child Development Center and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
After quite a bit of moving around, I decided to settle down permanently in Austin, Texas and became the Director of Psychological Services for Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD). While I was responsible for the day-to-day operations of all psychologists, school psychologists and related staff members on behalf of the Special Education department, I found that the bureaucracy and ‘red tape’ inherent in the public school dynamic was not a good fit for my professional path. Motivated by a desire to work more directly (and with less barriers to treatment) within the private sector, I recently opened my private practice in Austin in order to serve my community in a more effective fashion.
In addition to working with patients in my practice, I regularly provide professional development presentations to various school districts, guest lecture for psychology graduate programs, consult, coach, mentor and provide motivational seminars in and around Austin.
I am an active member in good standing of various professional organizations including the American Psychological Association (general), the American Psychological Association (Division 42), the National Association of School Psychologists, the Texas Psychological Association and the Capital Area Psychological Association.