Trailhead Psychology, LLC

12136 W. Bayaud Ave., Suite 140 
Lakewood, CO 80228

303.202.6143

©2019 by Trailhead Psychology, LLC

MY STORY

 

I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Aurora Mental Health Center, where I provided clinical assessment and clinical services to children and adolescents in an outpatient clinic, a pediatrician practice, and an adolescent day treatment program. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Aurora Mental Health Center, where I specialized in early childhood and perinatal mental health. As a postdoctoral fellow, I worked in the Early Childhood and Family Center providing outpatient therapeutic services to children birth to five years of age and their families. I also worked in an OB/GYN clinic, where I provided integrated mental health to pregnant and postpartum women and their partners. In addition, I provided mental health consultation services to area early childcare centers and preschools.

 

Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree, I earned my graduate degree in School Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and worked for several years as a School Psychologist in Michigan.

 

Education

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology, NYU, 2017

Specialist in School Psychology (70-hour graduate degree), Texas Woman’s University, 2008

B.A. in Psychology, Texas Woman’s University, 2005

 

Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)

Colorado Association for infant Mental Health (CoAIMH)

Education & Training

I am a licensed psychologist with over a decade of experience working with children and families in a variety of roles and settings, including in public and charter schools as a school psychologist, as an applied researcher, in community mental health outpatient clinics, in hospitals, in collage counseling, in therapeutic day treatment, and in pediatrician and OB/GYN practices.

At my practice in Lakewood, Colorado, I provide psychotherapy and counseling to children, teens, and families. I particularly enjoy working with young children (infants, toddlers, and preschool age), parents, and pregnant and postpartum women. 

 

I graduated from NYU with a doctorate in counseling psychology. I trained in a variety of settings in New York City, including Fordham College Counseling Center, Beth Israel Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital. My training included both short- and long-term therapeutic services, group therapy, and psychological and neuropsychological assessment.

I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Aurora Mental Health Center, where I provided clinical assessment and clinical services to children and adolescents in an outpatient clinic, a pediatrician practice, and an adolescent day treatment program. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Aurora Mental Health Center, where I specialized in early childhood and perinatal mental health. As a postdoctoral fellow, I worked in the Early Childhood and Family Center providing outpatient therapeutic services to children birth to five years of age and their families. I also worked in an OB/GYN clinic, where I provided integrated mental health to pregnant and postpartum women and their partners. In addition, I provided mental health consultation services to area early childcare centers and preschools.

 

Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree, I earned my graduate degree in School Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and worked for several years as a school psychologist in Michigan. As a school psychologist, I provided a variety psychological services, including special education evaluations, developed individualized education plans (IEPs), collaborated with multidisciplinary teams, developed behavioral and learning interventions, conducted social skills training, lead student groups, and consulted with parents, teachers, and school administrators. 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, NYU, 2017

Specialist in School Psychology (70-hour graduate degree), Texas Woman’s University, 2008

B.A. in Psychology, Texas Woman’s University, 2005

 

Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)

Colorado Association for infant Mental Health (CoAIMH)

My Approach

I use a relational psychodynamic framework, integrating a range of treatment approaches, that include cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, behavior management therapy, parent child interaction therapy (PCIT), and child parent psychotherapy (CPP). I maintain a strengths-based stance focused on building resilience and well-being. I work collaboratively with the client and family to define therapy goals and to tailor interventions to their specific needs, developmental considerations, and evidence basis for treatment.

 

My approach with young children is attachment-focused and sessions are dyadic in nature, involving both child and parent. Dyadic sessions are designed to empower parents with the skills to better understand their child’s unique needs, to develop empathetic ways of understanding and supporting their child, and to strengthen the bond between child and parent. With children, parent involvement is essential to achieving treatment goals and maintaining progress after treatment, and parents are often included in sessions and as part of collateral sessions. I often include parent coaching to support parents with developing specific skills for managing behaviors and enhancing their relationship with their child. 

 

In working with children, I use play-based approaches, which I find helpful to develop a trusting relationship, facilitate a means of communication and self-expression, and provide a nurturing environment for healing and growth. With teens, I provide individual therapy and/or family therapy, depending on the needs of the teen and the family.

 

My approach with expecting and new parents is collaborative, relational, and client-focused. I use a combination of insight-oriented and behavioral approaches to increase mindfulness, alleviate symptoms and change old patterns of relating and responding to stressors. I empower mothers to develop skills to parent with increased awareness of their own reactions and emotional experience. I focus on developing a healthy attachment with the infant, strengthening early bonds and helping parents to feel more confident with their skills.

Outside the Office

I am originally from West Texas and I have lived in Michigan and New York, but my family and I have made our permanent home in Colorado. When I’m not seeing clients, I am spending time with my husband and our two young children. I enjoy being outdoors, reading, running, and traveling where I can explore new places, learn about different cultures, and meet people around the world.  I also serve as adjunct faculty at NYU teaching beginning counseling skills and cognitive behavioral therapy to Master’s students in the Mental Health and Wellness and School Counseling programs.

trailhead: noun \ ˈtrāl-ˌhed  \ :

the point at which a trail begins.

Whether starting a new journey or taking a different path, I am here to walk with you.