Dianne is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional who received her Master of Social Work from Boston College with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families. Prior to receiving her MSW, she earned her Master of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dianne specializes in seeing children and adolescents who have anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulties in attention regulation, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and who are experiencing unexpected transitions and adjustments in life (e.g., changes in family structure, relational conflict, migration, loss).
Dianne has worked with individuals with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Sensory Disorders. Dianne’s clinical experience involves working in a variety of therapeutic settings including The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, MA (an outpatient Child and Family center), The Ivymount School in Rockville, MD (a non-public school for children and youth on the Autism spectrum), Baltimore-Washington Counseling Center (a private practice serving children and families), and providing in-home ABA therapy to children on the Autism spectrum. Dianne has also developed and implemented social skills groups that aim to develop and enhance social thinking, communication skills, self-advocacy, cooperation and collaboration, compromise and conflict resolution, and perspective-taking.
Dianne is passionate about helping children and adolescents design their own unique toolkit of coping strategies to be successful in challenging environments. Dianne combines her research background in Attachment and Family Systems with her clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems in her work. She incorporates the use of psychoeducation, art, and play in her therapeutic practice to provide her clients with a safe and comfortable space for self-expression, exploration, and transformation.