Dusty - Head Shot (small)As a licensed psychologist in the states of Nevada and California, I have over 10 years of education, training, and professional experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.  Having worked in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, and forensic), I have a breadth of experiences and training to treat persons across the lifespan with differing mental health needs.

Education

I received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Oral Roberts University (ORU) in secondary education, mathematics.  Having always been interested in understanding why humans behaved as we do, I decided to complete my Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at ORU.  After completing an internship working with adolescents struggling with substance abuse and behavioral issues I decided that I wanted to further my education by completing my doctoral degree and become a psychologist.  I attended Regent University and received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  While at Regent University I focused on developing skills in providing assessment, psychotherapy, and engaging in various research projects.  My dissertation focused on demonstrating initial efficacy for Sexual Identity Therapy (SIT) as an alternative therapeutic protocol in assisting those individuals who experience same sex attraction and yet have a valuative framework that opposes such feelings.

Experience

With over 10 years of training and professional practice, I have treated clients in a variety of settings.  My experiences have been broad, allowing me to gain experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.  In addition, I have experience in completing assessments for a variety of concerns.  I specialize in the assessment of ADHD and learning disabilities.

My training during school included a variety of internships.  During my masters program I primarily trained at an outpatient clinic focused on treating adolescents struggling with substance abuse and behavioral concerns via individual, group, and family therapy.  I completed one year of practica experience during my doctoral program at the university counseling center treating, children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.  In addition I completed numerous psychological assessments for children and adults during this year.  My next practica experience was at an outpatient/inpatient facility again focused on the treatment of children with various mental health and behavioral concerns.  Throughout the completion of my doctorate degree I worked as a masters level clinician at Barry Robinson Center, providing individual and family therapy in an in-home setting.

I completed my American Psychological Association accredited, pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, CA.  While there I worked in a variety of different settings including: individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; family therapy; couples therapy; neuropsychological assessment; ADHD and learning disability assessment; group therapy; and crisis counseling in the Enhanced Outpatient Program.

Since obtaining my doctoral degree I have enjoyed working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at various male prisons across the state.  I completed my post-doctoral hours needed for licensure there and have continued to work with a large range of mental health needs and/or behavioral challenges.  During the past several years I have worked with various populations within the prison system giving individual therapy, group therapy, and working in an inpatient hospital.

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