I am a board-certified Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician with over 20 years of experience in caring for children and families. I recently earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northwestern University to broaden my clinical scope to include counseling for adolescents and their families. I support the relationship between teens and their parents by identifying areas of strength and common goals, exploring past and present sources of difficulty, and focus on strategies to improve family attachments and communication. I meet with teens and parents together as well as individually to identify areas of opportunity for improvement in emotional understanding and family communication
The goals of therapy include:
- Empowering teens and parents to strengthen family ties
- Optimizing adolescent development
- Fostering healthy relationships with others
My therapeutic approach utilizes theories on attachment, family systems, and psychodynamic therapy. I work with families with a variety of concerns including adolescent mental health, parental divorce, and family stability. I am a member of the Texas Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and its Sections on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and actively collaborate with other mental health professionals.