Exceeding Expectations One Client at a Time

Dr. Alicia J. Goodman 
Ph.D, NCSP

First and foremost, I am a mom. I understand the many challenges and benefits associated with parenting. Professionally, I am a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. I earned my bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Criminal Justice with a minor in sociology and specialization of study in psychology.  I have been working with children and families since 2001 when I began my work with children who struggled with behavior, social skills, and emotional challenges. After moving to Arizona, I attended graduate school at Arizona State University, gaining my masters and PhD in Educational Psychology, specializing in School Psychology. My research and publications have focused on understanding play behaviors of preschoolers, particularly those who engage in high levels of solitary play, anxiety disorders, and cognitive skills training and how that relates to improved cognitive and academic skills. My educational career has afforded me the opportunities to work with a very diverse population ranging in ages from 3 through adult, including working in the schools as a school psychologist for 10 years. Professional Membership Affiliations can be found here.    

 

Therapeutic /Practice Philosophy

My therapeutic approach is founded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, however I also incorporate aspects from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Bandura's Social Learning theory, Bronfrenbrenner's Ecological Systems, components from play therapy, and mindfulness, depending on my client's unique needs.  I understand that it takes a strong support system for best results and I offer the psychological and educational expertise and support to your team. As a mother, educator, and psychologist, I am a firm believer in evaluating and treating the whole child which encompasses cooperation from the educational environment as well as the family and the student.  I sincerely enjoy working with families, other professionals including medical doctors, psychiatrists, teachers, and students themselves to best understand the entire picture related to the areas of concern. 


I continuously educate myself to be knowledgable and competent in areas for which I provide treatment. You will find all of my treatment plans and therapy tools to include research based interventions to help your family be most successful. In addition to above mentioned areas, I have gained specialized treatment knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (individual counseling), Comprehensive Behavior Therapy for Tics (C-BIT certified), and Exposure Response Prevention (ER/P) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Additional common challenges facing my clients include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Gifted learner struggles, twice exceptional students, selective mutism, separation anxiety, specific phobias/fears, and return to school adult learners.

In addition to providing therapy and psychoeducation to clients in my office, I complete comprehensive evaluations for gifted children, special education, and mental health diagnoses, gathering information from multiple sources and settings. This coupled with my knowledge and experience working within and navigating the special education and 504 systems ,laws, and procedures sets me apart from many other evaluating psychologists. I enjoy offering assistance to families working within the special education and 504 systems to allow for parents to be their child's advocate backed with accurate knowledge and information. 


Above all, I care so much for your well being and the well being of your children and family. I would be honored to be part of your team and village to help you accomplish your goals. Please contact me so we can get started!