I am a clinical psychologist specializing in psychological and educational testing, clinical development, training and supervision and in organizational/corporate culture and team-building. My private practice is located in Portland, OR. I also provide on-site workshops and presentations to academic institutions, training sites and to private and public-sector businesses.
With more than 20 years experience as a clinician, I provide assessment services to a broad range of clients. Among my areas of expertise are diagnosis and treatment of adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorders and medically-related problems. I work cooaboratively with client-patients, physicians, patients and families dealing with the psychological distress and feelings of loss that accompany major illness. I have extensive experience providing pre-surgical assessment of bariatric patients, and both pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical individual and group psychotherapy with weight-loss surgery/bariatric patients.
Speaking at National and International Conferences, and to both professional and general audiences, I have presented on topics in areas of specialization, including adult Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech/language development, eating disorders and the emotions of eating, and on therapeutic psycholgical testing.
I take a practical, interactive, solution-focused approach as an evaluator and therapist. My clinical approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. I incorporate a blend of theoretical and practical approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to apply what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to move forward on a satisfying life path.
Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, 1994
Ongoing attendance at workshops on training and supervision
Facilitator in Diversity Issues - National Coalition Building Institute
The Dale Carnegie Institute
License, Certifications & Awards:
Licensed Psychologist: Oregon, Washington
National Register of Mental Health Care Providers
Alson-Fineman Dissertation Research Award
Professional Activities and Memberships:
American Psychological Association
Oregon Psychological Association
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Columbia River Eating Disorders Network
Asperger's Disorder Professional Consultation Group