I am a licensed psychologist in Idaho (PSY-203321) and a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP #53146). My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University, as well as a master’s in Educational Psychology and a doctoral degree in School Psychology from Texas A&M University. I completed my post-doctoral fellowship training at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Most of my experience in school psychology has been working with individuals 0-18 years old. I only provide services to adolescents and their parents.
I have experience working with adolescents coping with depression, anxiety, stress, academic difficulties, trauma, relationship issues, body-image, eating difficulties, and difficulties with focus and attention. I am fortunate to have worked with individuals of many different cultural, spiritual, and linguistic backgrounds. I believe this is crucial to healthy development of identity for every individual, especially during adolescence.
One of the hallmarks of effective therapy is developing a therapeutic relationship based on trust. Trust is earned by treating others with dignity and respect. It is my responsibility to aid adolescents in making progress towards their goals. I seek to understand and communicate as clearly and effectively as possible with every adolescent and parent. During therapy, I work to adjust to every teenager’s needs as roadblocks or challenges come along the way. Specifically, I use evidence-based techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy.
I always want to convey my empathetic support for parents and adolescents seeking assistance with challenges they are facing. Adolescence can be a difficult time of transition to adulthood, however forming a positive self-image and identity based on self-efficacy can make great improvements in an adolescent’s future. I admire adolescents’ and parents’ bravery and willingness to improve their circumstances and their relationship. As a parent, I understand the desire to help your child learn and achieve their goals. I look forward to supporting you and your loved ones as you seek to resolve difficulties and pursue growth in new areas of your life.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Communication Problems , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Family Problems , Impulsivity , Intellectual Disability , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Phobias , Self-Harm , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury , Trichotillomania , Visually Impaired , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
Psychologist #203321 (Expires: 2022-05-29)
Dr. Kearns has been so wonderful working with my daughter. She’s friendly and approachable while also being very professional. She listens well and has given my daughter so many tools to help her overcome her anxiety issues and get back to being a happy kid. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Kearns and we would highly recommend her.