About Dr. Kaiser
Hello and welcome to my website! You may be wondering if I’m the right clinician to help your child and you to move beyond those challenging, distressing, and discouraging “stuck spots”.
As a parent of two, I can imagine that you’re searching for a highly qualified, experienced, and compassionate psychologist to help your child cope more adaptively and become a more resilient person. You’re likely looking for a clinician who will 1) listen carefully, 2) competently assess your situation, 3) provide a prioritized action plan for specific goals, 4) and efficiently teach your child an effective set of “tools”, i.e. practical techniques and strategies for long-lasting changes focused on improved self-regulation and enhanced flexibility. Finding the “right” therapist also includes a special “fit”, i.e. appreciating your child’s unique symptoms, sensitivities, strengths, identity and personality. Parents say they appreciate my highly collaborative, compassionate and straightforward style. They value my reputation for clinical expertise and a uniquely blended perspective as a psychologist, pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) and developmental specialist.
I treasure my collaboration with families in our multicultural community
and strive to respect each child’s individuality and background.
My multi-decade career has been in service to children, teens, and young adults experiencing significant:
•Anxiety, Worry, Phobias
• OCD / PANS / PANDAS
• Loss or Death
• Mind-Body / Health Conditions
• Stress-reactivity / Panic
• Sleep Problems
Using a solution-focused approach, our work together targets the student’s and parents’ specific goals. Students motivated to broaden their internal resources (strengths and capacities) through practice will learn practical, positive, and concrete strategies to:
1) accurately assess their worries about situations, people, expectations and the future
2) broaden their competence to cope more effectively and tolerate uncertainty,
3) develop stronger self-regulation to modulate emotions, thoughts, behavior, & reactivity (panic),
4) embrace a growth mindset (i.e belief one’s intelligence/abilities can improve with effort and strategies)
5) resolve symptoms interfering with their well-being
I craft an individualized and integrative plan drawn from extensive training in several
empirically-supported psychotherapies and mind-body approaches
(medical hypnosis, biofeedback, breath re-training, and mindfulness-based stress reduction).
Research clearly shows that a family-centered approach expedites the child’s improvement and enhances family functioning. For these reasons, the treatment plan also includes separate weekly sessions with both parents. During these conversations I offer support and guidance on how to: 1) steer and model more effective family communication, 2) enhance healthy attachments, and 3) ensure developmentally appropriate expectations and boundaries in the parent-child relationship.
Some parents wonder about my background: I was fortunate to grow up and live near relatives in a lovely Midwestern town. Through community service I witnessed individual differences in families’ and children’s vulnerability to various stressors. This became a focus in my academic research and career path: individual differences in children’s vulnerability to stressors and its’ impact on their social and health functioning.
I’ve dedicated my career to helping young people
learn skills to become more resilient to stress and anxiety.
Your child can learn adaptive coping skills
that focus on new possibilities
for bouncing back from stress.
With practice, your child can learn strategies
to improve self-control
of emotions, worries, behavior, and body reactivity.
We sift through your child’s symptoms & history
to identify goals and
action plans for solutions.
Your child can learn to cultivate
a growth mindset of
optimism, flexibility, and tolerance of uncertainty.
Your child’s unique rainbow of
individuality, identity, culture, and family values
Ongoing conversations with both parents
offer practical guidance to
steer & model more effective family communication.