Doctor of Psychology (PsyD): Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)--William James College, Boston, MA, June 1999
Doctoral Internship: Westborough State Hospital, American Psychological Association (APA) Full Accreditation, 1998-99
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Dean’s List, May 1990
Clinical Psychologist, Licensed June 2002, Private Practice, Psychological Sunrise Center, PLLC, Cave Creek, AZ, October 2007-Present. Primary practice focus: Child & family psychological services; provide clinical evaluations & therapy to children, adolescents, & families; parent education. Main theoretical orientation: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MbCBT). Particular strengths in building coping skills/teaching emotional tools to children (and their parents), including Mindfulness, cognitive & calming strategies, anger- management and stress-reduction. Particular strengths in alleviating anxiety and depression in children, adolescents & adults. Background in Psychodynamic Therapy provides a framework for personalized help in the present.
Post-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Intern, Psychological Counseling Services, Scottsdale, AZ, March 2000-April 2001. Provided therapy and clinical evaluations for children 3-17 years old; individual, parent-child and family therapy; child & adult psychological evaluations and testing; Assisted with Psychodrama groups and “Intensives”, where clients received a minimum 40 hours per week of individual & group therapy from a variety of therapeutic approaches. Supervisor: Marcus Earle, Ph.D. 1500+ hours.
Clinical Psychology Intern, Westborough State Hospital, Westborough, Massachusetts, July 1998-July 1999. Individual and group Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavior (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with adult inpatient psychiatric population. Administered, scored and reported psychological and neuropsychological test batteries. Conducted and reported psychological assessment interviews and substance abuse evaluations. Groups included Anger Management, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Substance Abuse Awareness. Primary Supervisor: Alan Bodnar, Ph.D. 45 hours weekly.
Mental Health Counselor, Wayside Community Counseling Center, Milford, Massachusetts, September 1997-June 1998. Provided psychotherapy and outreach to individuals and families, ages pre-school to adult; including intakes, substance abuse evaluations, diagnostic assessments, treatment plans, psychological testing and consultation. Primary Supervisor: Lauren Barry, Ph.D. 25 hours weekly.
College Counselor, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 1996-June 1997. Conducted intake evaluations, brief and longer term individual/couples Psychodynamic and Cognitive psychotherapy with undergraduate and graduate university students. Primary Supervisor: Roberta Caplan, Ph.D. 20 hours weekly.
School Counselor, Wayland Middle School, Wayland, MA, September 1995-June 1996. Provided individual and group psychological services to early adolescent students and their families, consultation with teachers, psychological testing and learning style assessments. Supervisor: Doris Goldthwaite, Ph.D. 20 hours weekly.
Youth Treatment Counselor, Denver Children’s Home, Denver, Colorado, September 1993-May 1995. Counseling and supervision of behaviorally and emotionally disturbed male adolescent residents and their families. Supervisor: Joan Manheimer, Ph.D. 40-45 hours weekly.
Volunteer Advocate, Safehouse Community Program, Denver, CO, June 1994-May 1995. Individual & telephone crisis counseling with victims of domestic violence and abuse. Supervisor: Paula Bowers, B.A. 4 hours weekly.
Volunteer Counselor, Gemini House Adolescent Shelter, Lakewood, Colorado, March 1993-September 1993. Telephone crisis counseling, community outreach, co-facilitator of weekly teen support groups. Supervisor: Tracy Kraft, LCSW. 40 hours weekly.
Doctoral Project, MSPP, May 1998-June 1999. “Pet-Facilitated-Therapy: An Initial Exploration of the Thinking and Theory Behind an Innovative Intervention for Children in Psychotherapy.” Recruited and interviewed clinicians, coordinated, organized and reported qualitative data in thematic format. Emergent themes represented the beginnings of a comprehensive theoretical framework for Pet-Facilitated-Therapy or Animal-Assisted-Therapy. Presented and discussed results of study with fellow students and faculty.
Research Assistant, Denver University, Department of Psychology, October 1994-May 1995. Interviewed families (couples and siblings individually), administered standardized screening forms, coded video tapes of family interactions for Clare M. Stocker, Ph.D. 10 hours weekly.