I work with people of all ages including children, adolescents, and adults. I also work with entire families and couples in marriage counseling.
I work with people with biological based affective disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, Autism depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder. I also work with people coping with life stressors such as death, divorce, loss of job that lead to adjustment disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or anger management problems.
I typically hold 3 general goals for my clients: to develop a better understanding of yourself, to take responsibility for directing and managing your life, in pursuit of being content and happy. I primarily use a cognitive behavioral approach toward these goals. I believe that as we pursue a deeper understanding of ourselves by speaking aloud to a therapist we discover what is really true about our beliefs, emotions, and behavior which sheds light on what we need to do to make changes in our life. I believe therapy should be an interactive and dynamic activity.
I perform comprehensive assessments focused on differential diagnosis of ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities. I also use a variety of assessment instruments to evaluate symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, and personality disorders. I will occasionally do court appointed evaluations as an expert witness, but do not do custody evaluations.
I am available to provide consultations to organizations such as schools, businesses and others that are looking to improve the learning and working environment.
I have provided invited presentations on a variety of topics locally, nationally, and internationally.
COURT ORDERED EVALUATIONS:
I have served as an expert witness in several jurisdictions including North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Montana. My particular area of expertise in these cases is primarily child and adolescent development and psychopathology.