experience helping others
For nearly 20 years my work as a psychologist and advocate for children and families has come to shape my personal and professional life. There are a broad array of experiences I've been honored to be a part of, and one consistent thread that weaves it all together is a commitment to helping adults, couples, families and adolescents work through tough times, and ultimately arriving at a point where hope and potential are realized.
Columbia St. Mary's, Mequon, WI May 2013 to December 2015
Clinical Psychologist: Provided assessment, individual and family therapy to those seeking support and guidance in working through a host of issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns and substance abuse. Served as resource to other programs within the hospital to assist with transition to a lower level of care, or provide support services to relatives or partners of those receiving outpatient or inpatient care. When working specifically with adolescents in the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program employed a bio-psycho-social approach that is complemented by partnering with a health educator to screen adolescents for risk of substance abuse and provide educational support as needed and more intensive services as clinically indicated. Through collaboration with network clinics, program sought to ensure all adolescents across Ozaukee and Milwaukee County were screened for substance and alcohol use or risk thereof using evidence based assessments.
Mequon Clinical Associates, Mequon, WI 2011 - May 2013
Clinic Director and Clinical Psychologist: Expanded programming and increased caseloads and revenue through development of multidisciplinary collaborations within clinical team and outreach and marketing. Responsible for improved documentation standards and clinic oversight. Providedpsychotherapy at Mequon Clinical Associates to the child, adolescent and adult population. Areas of interest and specialty include, but are not limited to, behavioral issues, marital issues, family counseling, anxiety, survivors of trauma and life transitions. Provided consultation across Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties to parenting and fatherhood programs, as well as worked with educators and schools.
Western Youth Services, Anaheim, CA 2007 - 2011
Regional Director and Clinical Psychologist: Lead and provided direct service with clinical team for outpatient child and adolescent mental health clinic consisting of Master's level clinicians and supervisors, psychiatrists and student interns. Clients served present with histories, such as, but not limited to, physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect, behavioral disorders and a range of Axis I and II diagnoses. Emphasized treatment model utilizing parent/caregiver involvement, targeted treatment goals and timelines and creation of transition down and/or out of treatment.
education and training
State of Wisconsin - Licensed Psychologist, WI-PSY: 2220-57
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Child Abuse Unit for Studies, Education and Services (C.A.U.S.E.S.)
Kapiolani Counseling Center of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, HI
David and Margaret Home, La Verne, CA 2005 - 2007
Director of Residential Services and Clinical Psychologist: Lead comprehensive residential programming and clinical treatment for 12 - 18 year old adolescent females. Youth presented with histories, such as, but not limited to familial conflict, separation/loss, trauma, abuse, neglect and use of illegal substances. Under my direction residents had reduced disruptive behaviors, AWOL’s and an increase in self-reported and tracked positive outcomes.
Creative Sharp Presentations, Milwaukee, WI 2004 - 2005
Writer and Educational Curriculum Consultant: Lead the production of Friends and Neighbors, a photojournalistic educational book with companion academic curriculum for elementary school students. Project served to improve literacy rates in schools and enhance the understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures. Target population included those with low literacy and at-risk for drop out.
Children's Institute International, Los Angeles, CA 2002 - 2004
Program Manager of Project Fatherhood: Provided group and individual therapy, as well as social and judicial advocacy for fathers and their children. Worked towards strengthening father-child bond as an integral part of improving child mental health, reunification and facilitating positive outcomes.
Zablocki V.A. Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI 2001-2002
Licensed Clinical Psychologist: Provided individual and group therapy to veterans with dual diagnosis, as well as those with other Axis I and II diagnoses. Supported veterans who, in addition to mental health and substance abuse problems, presented with histories of limited social and familial support as well as an array of trauma related issues.
Milwaukee Health Services, Milwaukee, WI 1999-2001
Licensed Clinical Psychologist: Provided individual, family and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Served clients presenting with a variety of diagnoses, such as, but not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depression, PTSD, and a variety of Axis II diagnoses, including Borderline Personality Disorder.
Child Abuse Unit for Studies Education and Services, Chicago, IL 1995-1998
Psychotherapist: Provided individual therapy to children and adolescent survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect. When clinically appropriate utilized other parent/caregivers in the therapeutic process.
Kapiolani Counseling Center of the Kapiolani Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 1994-1995
Pre-Doctoral Intern: Provided individual, family and group therapy to children and adolescents presenting with a history of diagnoses, such as, but not limited to, ADHD, oppositional defiant, and depression. Also provided therapy to woman survivors of domestic violence, and those dealing with depression, as well as a variety of Axis I and II diagnoses.
Child Abuse Unit for Studies Education and Services, Chicago, IL 1993-1994
Psychotherapy Practicum Extern: Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist provided individual therapy to children and adolescent survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect. When clinically appropriate utilized other parent/caregivers in the therapeutic process.
Bobby Wright Community Health Center, Chicago, IL 1992-1993
Diagnostic Practicum Extern: Under the supervision of a licensed psychologist provided a range of diagnostic and assessment evaluations to children, adolescents and adults. Findings were presented to a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists and psychiatrists and integrated to determine best course of treatment to gain positive outcomes.
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL 1991-1993
Milieu Therapist: Provided therapeutic support and interventions to children requiring inpatient psychiatric care. Interventions included play therapy, social skills building, guided and monitored family visitation, as well as one-on-one therapeutic interactions as clinically indicated.