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Psychologist in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Specialty in Child & Teen Assessment, Treatment, & Support
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in child and adolescent assessment, treatment, and support. I am passionate about children, and I have 25 years of experience working with youth and families in a variety of settings (substance abuse research, therapeutic foster care, youth group homes, educational settings, and private practice).

My services include: in-depth assessments (cognitive, academic, behavioral, and emotional functioning as well as neuropsychological screenings); individual counseling with children and adolescents; consultation and support services with parents; and educational planning and support services with schools.

My theoretical orientation is primarily behavioral and cognitive-behavioral, although I utilize a variety of techniques based on each individual's needs. I provide a caring, nurturing environment where clients can explore their strengths and areas of development, gain insights, and discover their full potential.
Bio
* Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1991), University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University

* Licensed in California (PSY 16181) and Nebraska (389)

* 25+ years experience working with children and adolescents

* Expertise in assessing and treating a variety of conditions, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Affective Disorders

* Reports are thorough, accurate, and include clinical impressions and data-driven recommendations to build on the child's strengths and support his or her needs
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Adolescents  Learning Disabilities
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Play Therapy
 Children's Counseling  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Relationship Issues
 Depression  Religious Counseling
 Family Conflict  Self Esteem Issues
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Stress Management
Certifications
 Clinical Psychologist  Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)
 Licensed Clinical Psychologist (State)  Licensed Psychologist
Education/Training
1979-1983
B. A., Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

1985-1991
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program, San Diego, CA

1991-1993
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA

1992-1993
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

1993-1996
National Director, Treatment Foster Family Services, Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, NE

1996-1997
Director, Treatment Foster Family Services Research, Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, NE

1997-1998
Residential Program Director, Boys Town of Southern California, Lake Forest, CA

1999-2001
Coordinator, Essential Learning Systems Program, Serra Catholic School, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

1999-present
Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice (specializing in assessments for children and adolescents)

2000-2001
Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

2001-2014
Director, Psychological Services and Essential Learning Systems,
Serra Catholic School, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

2014-present
Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Memberships
Past or current memberships in the following professional associations:

* American Psychological Association (APA)

* California Psychological Association (CPA)

* Association of Educational Therapists (AET)

* International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
Other Languages
None
Payments Accepted
Fee for Service--cash or check (I provide invoices that clients can submit to their insurance for reimbursement but I do not bill insurance directly)
Hours:Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cost/Session:Please visit ws6 for fees and insurance information
License:PSY 16181 (California) and 389 (Nebraska)
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Location
30211 Avenida de Las Banderas
Suite 200
Additional Location
28562 Oso Parkway
Suite D-437
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