(626) 817-3450

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CONNECTED STRIDES

Child Therapy and Testing Services

Do you have a young child struggling with behavioral or emotional issues? Do you question if it is just part of the typical development or something requiring special attention? As a licensed Pediatric Psychologist, my mission is to form an in-depth understanding of your child and collaborate with you to optimize his or her growth. I will provide you with the tools necessary to create a positive and lasting change in the trajectory of your child's development.

Children succeed when their individual differences

are well understood, when they feel secure and

connected, and when we scaffold learning

without  impeding autonomy.

Areas of specialization:

  • Children who have difficulty managing big emotions

  • Children whose anxiety interferes with daily activities

  • Autism and developmental delays

  • Behavioral challenges

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

"How we feel about our kids isn’t as important as how they experience those feelings and how they regard the way we treat them."

Alfie Kohn

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ABOUT ME

A licensed psychologist specializing in working with young children and their families.

I have been working with children and adolescents in various capacities for over 17 years. I dedicated the first half of my career to working exclusively with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, providing therapy, evaluations, and consultation. Over time I became more passionate about working with children with more diverse experiences and backgrounds and expanded my services to include working with children with anxiety, learning disorders, behavioral challenges, ADHD, and depression. I believe children do their best with the tools and guidance made available to them. When they are unable to meet the demands of their environment, we have to determine the underlying cause of these issues.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR WORK TOGETHER

Children thrive in the context of the relationships that matter most to them, and there is no connection more meaningful than the one between a parent and a child. My role is to walk alongside you for a short time on this journey of parenthood, shed light on some facets of your child's needs and experiences that may have gone unnoticed, and provide you with tools to promote your child's socio-emotional growth. My work involves parents as an integral part of the therapy process, whether in the therapy room for young children or with frequent check-ins and collaboration for older children. Play is the work and the language of childhood and the primary means by which I learn about and intervene with children. Play allows for self-discovery, emotional expression, skill building, and meaning making. I conceptualize the needs of children from an understanding of the latest findings in interpersonal neurobiology. In addition, I incorporate developmentally appropriate mindfulness based practices and evidence based cognitive-behavioral strategies.

CONTACT ME

16661 Ventura Blvd., Suite 400G, Encino, CA 91436, USA

(626) 817-3450