Experience and a Passion for Helping Others

 “There was never a problem or a night that could defeat a sunrise or hope. ”  — Bernard Williams
“There was never a problem or a night that could defeat a sunrise or hope. ”

— Bernard Williams

Education and Training

Professional Licensure:
State of Wisconsin - Licensed Psychologist, WI-PSY: 2220-57

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Post-Doctoral Hours
Child Abuse Unit for Studies, Education and Services (C.A.U.S.E.S.)
Chicago, IL

Pre-Doctoral Internship
Kapiolani Counseling Center of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, HI

Doctoral Dissertation:
Racial Identity Development of Adolescent African American Males

For over 20 years my work as a psychologist has come to shape my personal and professional life.  A consistent thread weaving it together is a commitment to helping adults, families and adolescents work through tough times and arrive at a point where hope and potential are realized.  As a psychologist, director or programming consultant, each experience has coalesced to strengthen my work as a guide and advocate for those I serve.  A cursory review of these experiences includes: 

Licensed PsychologisT

Ascension Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI

Provide assessment, individual and family therapy to those seeking support and guidance in working through a host of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss and stressors related to healthcare decisions. 

D & S Healing Center, Milwaukee,  WI

Outpatient psychotherapy with emphasis on issues ranging from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, marital issues and executive and phase of life transitions.  

Mequon Clinical Associates, Mequon, WI

Provided psychotherapy at Mequon Clinical Associates to a child, adolescent and adult population. Areas of interest and specialty included behavioral and marital issues, family counseling, anxiety, survivors of trauma and life transitions.  

Zablocki V.A. Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

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.

Clinical Director and Administrator

Clinic Director at D & S Healing Center, Milwaukee, WI

Performed leadership role in facilitation of marketing and outreach and creation of outpatient psychotherapy services for adolescents, adults, couples and families. 

Clinic Director at Mequon Clinical Associates, Mequon, WI

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.

Regional Director, Western Youth Services, Anaheim, CA

Provided leadership and support for clinical team for outpatient child and adolescent mental health clinic consisting of Master's level clinicians and supervisors, psychiatrists and student interns.  Responsibilities included oversight of school based programming and community based family resource center.

Director of Residential Services, David and Margaret Home, LaVerne, CA

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, physical and sexual trauma, abuse, neglect and use of illegal substances.

Program Director, Project Fatherhood, Los Angeles, CA

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. 

Curriculum Consultant and writer

Author of No Bad News

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Author of the award winning children's book, No Bad News.  Honored as the Marion Ridgeway Vannett Award for Best Debut in Children's Literature, this book tells the story of a child's journey through his neighborhood by himself.  Its message of resilience, courage and how our perceptions shape our reality continues to resonate with and inspire children and adults alike. 

Creative Sharp Presentations, Milwaukee, WI

Lead the production of Friends and Neighbors, a photojournalistic educational book with companion academic curriculum for elementary school students.