Dr. Zlotnick published a children’s book about mentalization!

We are VERY excited to share that Dr. Zlotnick has published a children's book about mentalization! The Three Little Pigs: An Imaginative Decision Tree Production is a thoughtful, eloquent, and humorous retelling of the Three Little Pigs. In the story, the Three Little Pigs take the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf and assist him [...]

California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Annual Convention

Dr. Kierce at CASP's 70th Annual Convention Dr. Kierce joined school psychologists throughout California in Long Beach this week for the 70th Annual CASP Convention. She presented on a topic that combined her passion for children, externalizing challenges, and resiliency with her knowledge of school psychology, clinical psychology, and psychoanalytic theory. Rooted in her doctoral [...]

Briefing: The House of Representatives Dyslexia Caucus

Drs. Kierce and Forchelli spent yesterday afternoon at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC with U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, stakeholders, and community advocates for children with learning disabilities. The purpose of the briefing was to bring increased awareness to congress regarding the impact of learning disabilities on children, families, and society. Check out the [...]

Meditation Changes Your Brain!

From Box Breathing to Insight Timer, I am sure at some point you have heard me mention the importance of meditation and mindfulness! Here is a great article explaining the science behind such practices. This article suggests functional and structural changes to the brain as a result of meditation, as well as differences in behavior [...]


I am excited to share that I am beginning a resources page! I am passionate about the practice of psychology and hope to empower you with knowledge to successfully and fruitfully manage daily challenges of life, work, relationships, and raising children.  From assessment and psychoanalytic theory to the itty bitty kiddies and adults in my [...]