I graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA in 1992 with a B.A. in psychology. I began my graduate studies in clinical psychology at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology in Chester, PA in the fall of 1992. I gained extensive experience in working with adult outpatients and inpatients in the first three years of my graduate program's practicum experience.
I began working with children in 1995, during the completion of a year long pre-doctoral internship at Children's Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia. In this setting, I evaluated and treated children aged 3-7 who had experienced physical and emotional trauma, abandonment, and neglect. I gained extensive supervised experience in play therapy and in the psychological testing and diagnosis of children. This experience was the beginning of my deep appreciation of the impact that play therapy could have on a very wide range of presenting diagnoses in children.
I engaged in a second full year of internship starting in 1996. I worked at Widener University's Psychological Services Center. In that setting, I provided counseling and therapy to undergraduate and graduate students at the university. I also provided psychological and psychoeducational testing. In June 1997, I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I was licensed in Pennsylvania as a psychologist in 1998 following a post-doctoral year of internship at Assessment and Treatment Alternatives in Philadelphia, PA. I remained in this setting until 2002. While there, I evaluated and provided therapy for children and teenagers who were living in foster care or who had been recently reunified with their parents. Many of my child patients presented with histories of repetitive trauma and most of them exhibited severe behavioral problems. I learned first hand that working closely and collaboratively with their biological and foster families would almost always promote the most beneficial and lasting therapeutic results.
From 2002 until 2008, I maintained a solo practice in Allentown, PA, continuing to work with children, adolescents, and their families. In this setting, I assessed and treated a wide variety of child and adolescent concerns, including ADHD,Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and anxious and depressive disorders. I also gained significant experience in working with adolescents who self-mutilate, and who engaged in risky behaviors and/or anti-social behaviors. In the course of my work in private practice, I also helped numerous couples and individual adults for a variety of presenting concerns, including marital problems, adult Asperger's, adult ADD, and bipolar disorder.
I moved to Chicago in the later part of 2008. I was licensed as a clinical psychologist by Illinois in November 2008. I am happy to maintain a solo practice in Evanston, IL.