"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
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: $225 per hour
Adult Neurodiversity (Autism/ADHD) Evaluation and Consult (2 hours total, 18 years old+): $900
Pediatric Autism/ADHD Evaluation (5-18 years old): $2000
Organizational Neurodiversity Consulting
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! Learning to understand and embrace my neurodiversity has changed my life, both personally and professionally. Now, I help others do the same. Neurodiversity Consultations screen/diagnose for Autism and ADHD and take 2 hours, virtually. I have been privileged to consult with adults from across the country and around the globe, from Canada to Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, France, Bali, and more! 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 hours, 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 discuss the possible accommodations that may be available and beneficial to you, and I am happy to help complete paperwork for accommodations for most academic and professional endeavors.
Please note, I am unable to help with state and/or federal financial disability (i.e. SSDI).
To say that neurodiversity is my special interest feels like an understatement, but it's true and it is. I am passionate about helping people learn to understand themselves and how to proactively support themselves and create the life they want. I teach people the "why's" behind the reality of their lived experiences of neurodiversity. I don't want to "just" diagnose someone and send them on their way, I also want them to feel seen and heard, valued, educated, and confident.
As a clinical therapist, I work with children and adults to help them understand and embrace their neurodiversity, and to gain insight into their emotions, thought processes, relationships, and communication patterns. I provide neurodiversity evaluations/consults as well as ongoing therapy and coaching. As an industrial and organizational psychologist specializing in neurodiversity, I've worked as an organizational and management consultant for companies such as Yelp, teaching the importance of supporting neurodiversity in the workplace. I help neurodiverse employees capitalize on their inherent strengths while minimizing the inherent difficulties of the workplace environment. I enjoy creating custom organizational neurodiversity needs assessments, training tools, organizational and human capital analyses, and cultural competency development. I've published on the inherent barriers facing neurodiversity in the workplace, from the interview phase forward.
Neurodivergent Strength and Conditioning Consulting
Getting in shape and learning to best support your body can be hard, especially if you're neurodivergent. We have a unique sensory system, an intense mind/body connection, strong interoception yet struggles with proprioception, dyspraxia, and coordination. Having access to the proper instructions and a neurodivergent coach is important. Enter Mike Megrew. As a former MLB professional athlete and coach for the Chicago Cubs, he has focused on health and sports performance for 20 years. He creates custom virtual and in-person programs for individuals to optimize their fitness and athletic endeavors.
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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 (including Asperger's-type profiles), ADHD, PTSD, etc. 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