What is a Pediatric Psychologist?
Pediatric Psychologists conduct both scientific research and clinical practice to support the health and psychological well-being of children, adolescents, and their families through evidence-based science and practice, training, and advocacy. The field was founded in 1969 and has interdisciplinary roots in clinical, developmental, social, cognitive, behavioral, counseling, community, and school psychology.
We address our clients’ needs within a developmental framework and emphasize the dynamic relationships which exist between children, their families, health care and educational systems as a whole. Pediatric Psychologists study and consider each child’s psychosocial development, biological and environmental factors that may contribute to the development of a disorder, outcomes of children with medical conditions, as well as treating behavioral and emotional components of developmental differences, illness, injury, and trauma.
Pediatric Psychologists often work in medical centers and primary health care settings, as I did earlier in my career when I trained and worked in pediatric hospitals and clinics. Now my practice is now in an outpatient setting, in my Santa Rosa office.
How old are the children and teens you take care of?
My psychotherapy clients range from age 4 years through college age. I enjoy working with both girls and boys, families from all walks of life and from many different places around the world. I provide EMDR Therapy for kids as young as 4, on up to adults of all ages.
For psychological evaluation, the age range is 4 through 18 years. If you are an adult looking for psychological evaluation services, I can direct you to adult specialists in our area.
I’m not sure if my child needs psychological testing, or psychotherapy, or both. Can you help me figure this out?
Yes, we’ll discuss these questions during our first phone call, before we set any appointments. I want to make sure I’m the right person to help you and your child, and if not, refer you to the appropriate specialist. By listening carefully to your concerns, I can help you discern whether any evaluation is necessary to sort out diagnostic issues, to facilitate educational placement and planning, or to understand your child’s unique psychological profile more deeply. We will also discuss whether private evaluation or evaluation through your public school district will best meet your child’s needs. If no evaluation is necessary, we can talk about getting started with psychotherapy. Together we’ll determine if individual therapy, family therapy, and/or parent consultation will be most helpful.
Do you take insurance? Are you on my panels?
No. By remaining off insurance panels I am able to provide individualized care for each client and ensure that I am directing your child’s clinical care based on direct observation of individual needs and thorough, thoughtful consideration of each client’s challenges and progress at all times. This approach also ensures the highest level of confidentiality for all of your psychological records.
Can you help me find other specialists my child needs to work with?
Yes, as a Pediatric Psychologist trained in multi-disciplinary care settings, I continue to work collaboratively with a variety of pediatric medical, developmental, and mental health care specialists. Whether you need to consult with a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist, neurologist, speech/language therapist, occupational therapist, or other specialist, I will consult my network of colleagues to help you find the right person to help your child and your family.
If you have any questions, please call me at 707.623.7334
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org