Welcome to Northwest Assessment and Advocacy. I am a certificated School Psychologist, School Counselor, and School Administrator with over 28 years experience working with children, adolescents, and the parents who raise them. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Associate, and a Child Mental Health Specialist. My focus is two-fold.
I very much enjoy testing. I’ve learned over the years that a solid diagnostic educational assessment can help families identify the reasons behind any struggles a child or adolescent is having at school. Testing can identify the unique strengths and weaknesses of each individual. This includes identification of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and giftedness. I am also available for educational consultations – including review of school assessments, 504 plans and IEP’s, and coaching for parents who are trying to navigate the school and legal system, while working with school teams to help their children thrive in school.
I love working with adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression or friendship skills. My goal is to help families fine tune the support they give each other through examination of shared values. Not everyone develops at the same rate, and being different can feel lonely and alienating. Kids are resilient, and well-timed therapy and support can help get everyone back on track.
I have extensive experience in disability identification, schools and the challenges associated with raising children who don’t develop like the experts say they should. I hold a special place in my heart for adolescents who struggle to meet the social and academic demands of school, and the parents who raise them.
I am very excited to meet you and start the important work of helping you nurture the growth of your child/adolescent!
- Assessment of strengths and weaknesses and cognitive processes through cross-battery assessment
- Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- Motivational Interviewing for resistant children and adolescents
- Working collaboratively with parents, teachers and administrators, while giving your child a voice in the process
- Client education
- Seattle area