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 Therapy: $200 per hour
Adult Neurodiversity (Autism/ADHD) Consult (18 years old+): $900
Post-Consult Follow Up (30 minutes): $100
Pediatric Autism/ADHD Evaluation (5-18 years old): $2000
Autism and Neurodiversity Consultations* last approximately 2 hours and are 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! During the consultation, I will guide us through a conversation outlined by the two psychological tests that together form the "gold standard" for understanding and diagnosing neurodiversity across the spectrum (ADOS-2 and ADI-R). By the end of our two-hour conversation, I will be able to let you know if you are or are not officially neurodiverse (ASD and/or ADHD). We will discuss the ins and outs of your neurodiversity and work to understand how it impacts you as an individual, both personally and professionally. We will also discuss the possible accommodations (again both personally and professionally) that may be beneficial to your day-to-day life. I am always happy to create and sign paperwork for accommodations if needed. I didn't learn to understand my neurodivergent self until my early 30's, but it's been an amazing and life-changing journey since!
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! A private neurodiversity health and wellness retreat catering to your specific needs in the comfort of a high-end, private 2 bedroom, one bath casita located just minutes from bustling Scottsdale restaurants and shopping, the tranquility of Bartlett lake, and the peace of mountain hiking. You will receive custom-curated individual and/or family therapy and neurodiversity education, training, workshops, and games, as well as access to our onsite horses 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 onsite gym, complete with private training sessions from a World Series-winning neurodiverse strength and conditioning coach.
Anticipated opening in late 2022!
*If you are interested in learning more about Mike and his experience, or scheduling private training and fitness assessments, 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, Asperger's-type profiles, Dyslexia) are normal variations of the human brain and thought process. These differences should be celebrated and supported, 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, our 3 cats named Fifi, Ninjago, and Squints, and a ball python named Monty Python.
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, 2019
Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University, 2009
- Bachelors in Psychology, The University of Rhode Island, 2003
Arizona Independent License # LCSW16944