I have been in practice as a licensed psychologist since 1985. I am on the CT ASD Advisory Council and the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Aspergers/Autism Association of New England, as well the professional advisory board of Smart Kids with LD.
I specialize in working with individuals of all ages who have issues with social understanding, rigid thinking, anxiety and emotional control whether or not they are diagnosed as "on the spectrum," NLD, anxious or even ODD. With my experience in neuropsychological evaluations and therapy, I integrate a comprehensive understanding of patients that includes:
- cognitive processing
- emotional development and dynamics
- life stressors
- co-existing conditions such as ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders and LD
In therapy, I address these issues with modular cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), collaborative problem solving, social skills coaching and mindfulness training as well as innovative techniques such as video teaching.
I've trained extensively in stress reduction techniques, which are effective for all ages. These are simple scientifically proven techniques that repair the damage of stress to the body and increase stress resilience.
I also perform extensive neuro-psychological evaluations. Using this knowledge, I often consult with parents, schools, advocates and attorneys to help best meet a child’s needs in school programs or a young adult's needs in college.
“If you have a child who is on the ‘Autism Spectrum’, you know it is heartbreaking to see your child work but not achieve, and to see him misunderstand and be misunderstood. Meeting Marcia was like being thrown a lifeline. She has helped us to bridge those gaps. Her insights have changed the way we parent, and have eliminated a lot of frustration at home. Marcia’s work with our school has had considerable impact. The result is a less anxious, more confident kid. We could not be more thrilled with the work she has done.” —Mother of 5th grader