Rochelle is a licensed doctoral level psychologist and certified school psychologist. She has extensive experience working with children & adolescents, ages 3-21, and their families in clinical, school and group home settings throughout New York City. Rochelle specializes in administering developmentally appropriate evaluations resulting in DSM-5 differential diagnosis and/or educational classifications as well as providing treatment recommendations. Rochelle is particularly interested in how neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism, present differently in females and males. Rochelle also has great empathy for parents, as she navigated the special education systems in both public and private schools as both a parent and a clinician.
In my experience, parents want to do everything they can to help their children be happy, engaged and achieve their potential. Therefore, the clinician and family are aligned in their motivation to help a child. If a child fell and may have a broken arm, the parents would go to a doctor and have the child evaluated/x-rays etc. Similarly, if a child has learning, behavioral and/or psychiatric issues, wouldn’t the parent want to understand a child’s current functioning including strengths and weaknesses in order develop a treatment plan help that child?
It is my nature to want to help to help others. When I was 14, I was already volunteering in a program providing services to young children with autism! This led to my pursuing a degree in psychology. I went for further training after a short career in the arts.
It is completely appropriate to experience anxiety when one has learning differences. By working together, we can begin to understand your learning style, strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a plan and strategies to help you.
Talk to someone who cares. We'll listen to what's going on with your child, discuss their needs, answer your questions, and start to develop a plan for growth.