Oakton, Virginia 22124
Profession(s)Mental Health Professional
For over 25 years I have worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults in crisis situations, in therapy, to help develop intervention plans, and to help navigate and address various issues impacting the divorce process. Involvement in the collaborative process provides a divorcing couple with the support and guidance of their individual lawyers outside of court. As a Collaborative Mental Health Coach, I am committed to helping clients apply effective problem-solving and communication techniques to resolve disputes calmly, respectfully, and with within the supportive team format. I also can provide time and space for my client to tell their story, be validated, and to help process and identify stressful and conflicting issues. This practice approach helps negotiate mutually-acceptable resolutions, rather than compel court decisions.
As a Child Specialist within the collaborative team, I can offer a constructive way of including the voice of the child or adolescent of divorcing parents. In this role, I gather information about the child's emotional state and experience and integrate this important material into the overall collaborative process. My expertise in child development and assessment adds an additional perspective to share with the parents and team.
I have received additional training specifically focusing on divorced mediation skills at Northwestern University (7/17) that will also be very helpful with effective decision making and communication within the collaborative process.
Professional ActivitiesBoard Member CPNV
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Special Education from the University of Maryland.
I also received a Masters in Developmental Clinical Psychology from Antioch College, a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, and an additional Masters in Counseling, specializing in family counseling and trauma. Also, i participated in post doctoral training at the Kennedy Krieger Family Center. I am a member of the CPNV (Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia).
Certified Collaborative Divorce Coach
Advance Expertise in Psycho-educational assessments and Development Psychology
Advanced Training in Family and Individual Counseling
Certified and Experienced Learning Specialist