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.

Goal: RESILIENCE

Your child can learn adaptive coping skills

that focus on new possibilities

for bouncing back from stress.

Goal: SELF-REGULATION

With practice, your child can learn strategies

to improve self-control

of emotions, worries, behavior, and body reactivity.

Goal: REVIEW

We sift through your child’s symptoms & history

to identify goals and

action plans for solutions.

Goal: RESOURCES

Your child can learn to cultivate

a growth mindset of

optimism, flexibility, and tolerance of uncertainty.

Goal: RESPECT

Your child’s unique rainbow of


individuality, identity, culture, and family values

is appreciated.


Goal:
RELATIONSHIPS

Ongoing conversations with both parents

offer practical guidance to

steer & model more effective family communication.

How Can I Help?

Expertise

Background

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