This is a big one! First, let me just say that I love learning, and it shows in my experience and background. For me, it's incredibly important to continue to grow, not only as a clinician, but also as a person, so I am constantly on the hunt for new learning opportunities.
Let's start with the basics. This might get pretty boring, but trust me, it gets better.
I'm a Licensed Clinical Forensic Neuropsychologist who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where I trained with an emphasis in forensic and neuropsychology. I am board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback, certified in Animal Assisted Therapy, and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Even though I love learning, I also love creating the thirst for knowledge in other people. To that extent, I teach at The Chicago School in their Online Forensic Masters Degree program.
I have also created an accredited 36 hour didactic course for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) that fulfills the didactic requirement for BCIA certification AND… drum roll please… has been approved to provide 36 hours of continuing education credits from the American Psychological Association!!!
I condensed my big 36-hour couse into a smaller course that can be used as a study guide, or for BCIA continuing education credits. I recently did a webinar on the use of neurofeedback with children and teens with ADHD and oppositional defiant characteristics, which is available for purchase through the BCIA.org website.
I am also working towards a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at The Chicago School (see a pattern here?) in order to expand my knowledge of how medication interacts with the brain as the brain waves stabilize, and with the hopes of becoming a Prescribing Medical Psychologist in the state of Illinois.
I have extensive experience in neuroscience, and with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, organic brain disorders, and non-organic brain disorders.
Using an integrative approach by combining neurotherapy along with traditional counseling, I create a unique treatment experience for my patients.
:::Whew::: Got through the educational stuff!
Now... for the fun stuff.
I love to write! I have written at the academic level, and at the creative level.
I self-published the first book in a non-fiction series about a year ago, and am actively working on the second book. I have several published works, including a book chapter about creativity and stress management in an under graduate textbook titled Stress in the Modern World.
I am currently working on a comprehensive guide for how neurofeedback affects different medications within the brain, tentatively titled Benzos and Brainwaves, and a condensed version of the 36 hour course I designed for BCIA to help people seeking certification with preparing for their exam.
I love to create and learn new things, so this page is ever-changing! As I evolve as a clinician, and as a person, this page will be updated with my latest adventures!