About Me

I’m a clinical psychologist, based in Boulder, Colorado, with a special focus on working with children, adolescents, and college age-students and I have a specialty in treating anxiety.

I am passionate about helping individuals in all ages of their life learn to understand, face, and overcome their anxiety symptoms.

Oftentimes, people who seek help with their anxiety are struggling with:

  • Uncontrollable worries and fears that cause them anxiety and distress
  • Uncomfortable physical symptoms that may include short breath, dizziness, racing heartbeat, stomach and headaches
  • Avoidance behaviors where they actively avoid places, people, and situations
  • Excessively needing reassurance or depending on others
  • Compulsive checking behaviors that are becoming time-consuming and upsetting

I feel privileged to have helped so many children, young adults, and families.

I appreciate the inherent difficulties people face when trying to live with intense anxiety and the bravery it takes to come and talk to a therapist and look at painful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The reason I have chosen to specialize in anxiety counseling is that I truly believe it is a very treatable condition and I have known and had the honor of working with people through their struggles and most importantly, watch them get better!

How I became a psychologist

I started my own career development when I was a college student and decided to become a psychology major. My parents are from Italy and even as a teen and young adult myself, I had a long standing interest in cultural differences and attitudes among adolescents living in different countries.

As I was approaching the end of my undergraduate studies, I had been considering a career in art history, but I realized my true passion lie in helping others and making a difference in the world. If I can do my part to alleviate human suffering, then the world can be a happier place. When I was able to identify that this was truly important to me I have remained focused in pursuing my goals.

I earned a master’s degree in counseling and it was during this time that I first worked with preschool age children. Not only was this work challenging, but I thought the kids were really cute and fun, as I was constantly in awe of children’s way of looking at the world and communication through play.

My career then progressed towards working with people of all ages through the lifespan. I believed that in order to truly have an understanding of development and how adults function that I should have experience in working with very young children and individuals all the way through adulthood.

I worked as a master’s level counselor for about 7 years in foster care and community mental health settings. I learned the intricacies of how trauma, including physical, sexual abuse and neglect impacts one’s ability to trust others and navigate this complex world.

This experience and the pain these children endured humbled me. I feel lucky to have known each and every one of them and watch them grow. One of the major lessons I learned is that children are truly resilient and brave and that change can happen at any stage in life. Even given horrible circumstances, I believe there are many reasons to maintain hope and optimism.

Completing my doctorate in clinical psychology

I decided it was time for me to return to school to complete my doctorate in clinical psychology, because I knew I wanted more education and training in order to be the best therapist I could be and in turn, more effectively help those in need.

Through my coursework, training, and research I continued to learn about development, treatment, as well as neuropsychological assessment and I deepened my understanding of the brain and how this impacts emotion, behavior, and personality.

My training at Miami Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado was invaluable, as I continued my growth as a psychologist.

After my doctoral training, my fellowship at the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research helped me integrate all that I had learned along my career path and helped deepen my understanding and compassion for human suffering and how therapy and I as a therapist can be healing towards others.

My private practice today

Now in private practice, I choose to focus my work on treating anxiety issues with children, teens, young adults, and adults.

I am empowered by my clients as I know and see how change is possible. I continued my affiliation with the Boulder Institute of Psychotherapy and Research as a supervisor until 2012 and I found great fulfillment in watching and being a part of training new therapists.

In the fall of 2015, I began my affiliation with the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, in training PhD students in child cognitive behavioral therapy.

In my current practice I enjoy being a part of a person’s development at all stages, from the cute and challenging young child, to the teen and college student searching to discover who they are and find their place in this world, to the adult who is working hard to be the best they can be.

Qualifications and Degrees

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Colorado
  • Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Boston College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology major, Italian and Spanish minors, Boston University

Professional Associations

  • University of Colorado, Boulder (CU) Clinical community supervisor 
  • American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Psychology Training

  • Advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure with response prevention (E/RP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I can help you overcome your anxiety and mood issues and help you choose how to behave and interact in a way that will be consistent with your own beliefs and values as what is important to you.

Take the first step today to help your child or teen to start to feel better!

Call me today on 303-747-4014

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