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Dr. Harold Pickett, Psy.D

Psychologist

I have more than 25 years of experience working with children and adolescents with mental health, neurodevelopmental and learning struggles, which has included assessment and testing in all these areas. I have Specialty Boarding with the American Board of Professional Psychologists in Child and Adolescent Psychology. My work experience includes working in outpatient, inpatient, schools and juvenile justice. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and three dogs. I enjoy staying active in swimming, biking and gardening.  My favorite quit time is reading fiction.

Specialties

Executive Functioning

ADHD

Anxiety

NVLD

Depression

Ages

Pre-K and below

K - 2nd Grade

3rd - 5th Grade

6th - 8th Grade

High School

College

Adult / Post-graduate

About

Harold

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

Over the years, I have witnessed many students struggle with learning differences and feel that our schools have less and less time to deal with individual differences. If I can help to determine the most efficient and effective way a student learns to boost their confidence in their individual strengths, and find their passions in their life pursuits, it fuels my passion as a lifetime learner to explore new and exciting ideas about the human brain and learning.

What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?

My path to becoming a Clinical Psychologist started in my first career as a Physical Therapist and my rehabilitation work with those suffering traumatic brain injuries. I realized that the brain was a very complicated and complex organ that could give great insight into a persons strengths even after injury. I also became curious about such concepts as brain development, perception and motivation as concepts that were driven by other forces than just the simple physical concept of recovery from injury and disability. I initially started to study psychology in the field of exploring what motivates a person to return to their lives after they have suffered a significant tragic event that drastically altered their lives as they previously knew it. That led me to a unquenchable thirst for learning about the brain, its development and its functioning.

What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?

The best advice that I think has been the most helpful is that though academics may not be a youth's strong point, everybody has strengths. Many times the anxiety is fueled by the expectations felt by family and school to perform well with academic grades. Research has shown consistently over the years that social skills and ability to get along with others in society leads to more success in life than grades. Technical, art, music, sports are also very valuable skills. Those of us that fall under the bell shaped curve in the average range are absolutely necessary for running this world.

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