Since college, I have been fascinated with Psychology. As a result, I received a Dual Degree from Ohio State University in Psychology and Criminology. After undergraduate, I completed my Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) at Argosy University/Washington DC.
After graduating, my passion for forensics, led me to California to start my career at DSH-Patton, which I continue to work at to this day. I started as an Unlicensed Staff Psychologist. By 2008, I was able to obtain my licensure. During my time as a Staff Psychologist, it has allowed me the opportunity to work with a variety of patients with different forensic commitments. At Patton, my work included providing group and individual therapies, treatment planning, crisis intervention, court report writing, developing behavioral plans, and assessments. In December 2021, I was promoted to Senior Psychologist Supervisor. This position has allowed me the opportunity to enhance my supervisory/administrative skills. Luckily, this position still affords me the opportunity to continue doing some clinical work.
In 2008, I wanted to give back to the psychology field, which led me to become an Adjunct Faculty member. During my teaching tenure, I taught courses from the Bachelor level to the Doctorate level. I enjoyed having the privilege of help future clinicians developing their path in psychology.
Other jobs that I have had were being a consultant for Vericare and Regional Centers. During my time at Vericare, I provided therapy and assessments for residents living in convalescent homes. During my time working for local Regional Centers, I provided Court Competency Training and conducted Eligibility and Competency Evaluations for their members.
In 2015, I wanted to have more clinical experiences, which led be to start working in private practice. My areas of focus include the following: Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Trauma. In therapy, generally, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral and Object Relations theories and interventions. Additionally, while in private practice, I have been able to complete some Psychological Assessments. The main purpose of these evaluations were to assist with diagnostic clarification.
Over the years, I also have had multiple opportunities to supervise Psychology Clerks (at Patton) and Psychological Assistants (in the community). The main focus of their trainings were psychological evaluation (some helped me facilitate treatment groups) and individual therapy respectively.
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