People often ask me, "How could you do this work?" I answer, "I was meant to do it." By that, I mean that working with children and families undergoing family change is work that takes full advantage of my strengths. I am strong enough and level-headed enough to weather the demands of the work over the 29 years that I have practiced in the area of family law.
I have worked with compassion and understanding to help parents resolve custody and parenting time disputes. I consistently strive to maintain my neutrality in order to help parents work cooperatively to meet their children's best interest despite their personal grief and anger.
I have been a licensed psychologist since 1993. I have been in private practice since May 2011. I worked 13 years at Hennepin County Family Court Services as an evaluator and mediator and three years as their Child Psychologist where I honed my skills in assessing parent/child relationships and focused in on how parental conflict affects children.
I conducted hundreds of custody and parenting time evaluations, Early Neutral Evaluations, mediations. In recent years, I have been doing Brief Focused Assessment, parent/child relationship assessments, parent coaching, reunification therapy, Parent Consulting work and child psychological assessments. I have experience doing child inclusive mediation, both as the Child Specialist and the Mediator.
The vast majority of adults and children I work with find me to be accessible, calm, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I am known by other professionals as consistently able to understand highly complex issues. I appreciate each person's truth within the context of the family dynamics.
I have learned from experience that first impressions, while compelling, are often misleading. I take the time to be thorough and careful before reaching conclusions.
Areas of expertise and advanced training:
- Assessing parent/child relationships
- Dynamics of power and control in relationships
- Adult mental health issues
- Children's mental health and other special needs
- Assessment of parental alienation as distinguished from justified or unjustified estrangement.
- Attachment issues and parenting concerns
- Licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology in 1993.
- On the Supreme Court Rule 114 Board roster for Alternative Dispute Resolution professionals.
- Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. My thesis was on stress and maternal behavior.
- Master's in Psychology from the University of Michigan
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College, State University of New York
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- Minnesota Cooperative Law Network
- American/Minnesota Psychological Associations
43 Main St. S.E.
Minneapolis MN 55414