George Bernard Shaw
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
As an I/O psychologist and therapist, I specialize in the evaluation and support of Neurodiversity in children, teens, and adults. Neurodiversity refers to an amazing population of unique individuals who are lucky enough to both think and experience life differently, such as those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety, etc. I hold a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology with a focus on neurodiversity and a Masters degree and independent licensure in clinical social work.
Individual and Family Therapy
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment and Evaluation with the ADOS-2 and ADI-R
Adult Autism/ADHD Evaluation (18 years old+):
Pediatric Autism/ADHD Evaluation (5-18 years old)
Autism and Neurodiversity Consultations* Available Worldwide
*I have been lucky enough to consult with adults on their neurodiversity from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Sweeden, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, France, Bosnia, and China!
My research has focused primarily on neurodiversity and the workplace, "high functioning" neurodiversity, and neurodiversity in females. I have published on the inherent barriers neurodiverse individuals face in the organizational interview process and the neurodiverse experience in the workplace. In my clinical practice, I work with children as young as 5 through adulthood, helping clients and families learn about and embrace their neurodiversity and gain insight into their emotions, relationships, workplace/school accommodations, communication, and learning patterns. My clinical approach stems from a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, solution-focused therapy, and integrated play therapy (when appropriate with younger children).
I currently only practice via teletherapy secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As an organizational consultant, I have helped organizations, such as Yelp, to understand the importance of supporting neurodiversity in the workplace and helping their neurodiverse employees capitalize on their inherent strengths while minimizing the inherent difficulties of the workplace environment. I enjoy creating custom organizational neurodiversity assessments, training tools, organizational and human capital analysis, cultural competency development, training and onboarding, employee development and succession planning, as well as organizational change management, and more.
We are excited to announce the anticipated opening of the Sandlot Ranch, in Cave Creek Arizona! I private neurodiversity retreat catering to your specific needs in the comfort of a high-end, private 2 bedroom, one bath casita with a full kitchen and living room. Nestled on our beautiful family ranch, we are located just minutes from bustling Scottsdale restaurants and shopping, and 20 minutes from tranquil Bartlett lake and the peace of mountain hiking (Paddleboards available!). You will receive custom-curated individual and/or family therapy and neurodiversity education, training, workshops, and games, as well as access to our onsite equine therapy programming and our private pool oasis. Clients will receive private personal training assessments and exercise programs while enjoying access to our private 700 square foot fully stocked on-site gym, complete with private training sessions from a World Series-winning neurodiverse strength and conditioning coach. With my amazing husband, Mike, and our daughter Elliot, we plan to create a safe, inclusive, relaxing, and fulfilling experience centered on personal growth and learning how to Own your Autism! We are dedicated to expanding the knowledge base, understanding, support, and advocacy of higher functioning neurodiverse individuals, like us. We want to create an inclusive and supportive community for neurodiversity and its allies.
Anticipated opening in late 2022!
*If you are interested in learning more about Mike and his experience, or to schedule private training, fitness assessments, or to develop your pitching or golf skills, please click here. (Coming Soon!)
I love my work and I love my career field. As a neurodiverse individual myself, as well as a parent of a neurodiverse child and the spouse of a neurodiverse person, I have a unique and in-depth perspective and ability to help our amazing community! Please feel free to contact me to discuss how I am able to help you and your family!
WHAT IS NEURODIVERSITY?
Neurodiversity is a disability rights movement supporting the premise that Autism (ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger's-type profiles) is a normal variation of the human brain and thought process. This difference should be celebrated and helped, not discriminated against.
I hold a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Grand Canyon University and a Masters in clinical social work from Arizona State University. I have been a clinical psychotherapist (both teletherapy and in-person) for 10 years, including serving as the executive director of a nationwide not-for-profit organization from 2014-2015.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my amazing daughter and husband, who are also neurodiverse. We are passionate about health and wellness, enjoy rock climbing, being creative, goofing around with our two Great Danes named Smalls and Benny and 2 cats named Fifi and Ninjago.
As a family, we are writing books about Autism and are working to create new and progressive assessments, fitness techniques, as well as building a supportive and inclusive community of neurodiversity allies.
Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Grand Canyon University
Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University
- Bachelors in Psychology, The University of Rhode Island
AZ License # LCSW16944