Meet Dr. Eagle

 

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Credentials

"I love what I do! I am a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of Santa Cruz Child Therapy. My specialty is working with young children (birth-6 years) and their parents/caregivers. I received my doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. For the past 10 years, I have provided clinical services to children and adolescents in school settings, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. While completing my pre and post-doctoral work at UCSF's Child Trauma Research Program, I received extensive training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based modality for helping young children and parents recover from traumatic stress. It was at this point that I discovered my passion and dedication to not only helping the child, but most importantly, working within the dynamic between parent and child. I have seen incredible and life-altering changes take place when this relationship is given the recognition and support that is needed. 

Therapeutic Modality

I work primarily within a Psychodynamic framework, with an integration of Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques when appropriate. Additionally, I completed the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) foundations course, which is a parenting modality focused on respectful and thoughtful caregiving. 

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Therapeutic Relationship

 

The only way I am able to effectively help my clients is to collaborate and come up with solutions together. I may have expertise in certain theoretical areas, but I believe you as the parent truly are the expert in knowing your child best. Sometimes as parents, our own childhood and life experiences can cloud our ability to see our own children for who they are, or what they need at times. I can recognize some of these patterns and call attention when necessary. Numerous parents I have worked with have shared with me what an enormous weight has been lifted from their shoulders since coming to me for help with their child. Behavioral concerns in the child is typically what instigates a call to me. However, I often find that deep healing is needed within the entire parent-child dynamic.

In My Free Time..

When I'm not working clinically with parents and children, I am playing with my own kids and spending time at the beach, hiking in the woods, exploring new recipes, or on a very lucky day, relaxing with a book."