I am originally from Uruguay and came to the United States as a child. I have always wanted to work in a field where I could help people in some way. I decided early on that psychology would allow me to help people face their difficulties and make positive changes. I studied at Johns Hopkins University and received my B.A. in 1985. I then went on to receive my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991 from the University of Maryland. I worked in public child mental health in Montgomery County providing services to children and their families, and then opened my private practice in 1992. I have led seminars related to child and adolescent development, parenting concerns, acculturation and adjustment issues, emotional intelligence, communication skills and self-esteem.
I enjoy working with people in a proactive and collaborative way as they face the challenges that come along, and are able to develop self-understanding, enhance their sense of competence and gain more satisfaction in daily life. I can help clients gain knowledge and move forward by providing individual therapy for adults, children and adolescents as well as offering psychological and psycho-educational testing, and ADHD coaching.
I have advanced training in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), meditation, and coaching teens and young adults with ADHD. I enjoy using different approaches that can tackle difficulties from a variety of perspectives.