Hi, I'm Dara (that rhymes with Sarah, in case you were wondering)

I'm a Licensed Educational Psychologist living in Sacramento, CA and I've been working in education and psychology for over 10 years. I believe in working WITH families and students, coming alongside them and helping them figure out what is NOT working and discovering what CAN work. When it comes to our kids struggling, I know we all fight to get them the help they need. So I'm guessing, dear parent, that you may have a heavy heart. Questions for the school. Concerns about your child's future. Struggles at home. If you feel exhausted with worry each morning, I don't blame you! After assessing and helping hundreds of students, collaborating with teachers, training school districts and countless meetings, I've learned some important things about how students learn and navigating systems. I'd love to help you find interventions, strategies and plans to propel learning forward for your student. I want to help your student LEARN. 


If you are ready to find out how your child learns best, here is how I can help. . .

  • Assess learning style

  • Assess academic level

  • Review progress in school

  • Develop Interventions

  • Comprehensive report to share with your child's team

You might also like to know . . .

I’m originally from Texas and although the vegetarian in me no longer eats the barbeque, I still love Tex-Mex and hot nights. When I'm not working with students, you will find me running with my dogs at the American River Parkway (arguably the best part of Sacramento). I've got 3 kids of my own who have had their own bumps and challenges over the years. I've always been in the field of Psychology-from college through graduate school and beyond. And. . .  I have been so LUCKY to have studied with and worked with Drs. Bruce D. Perry and Kristie Brandt for both trauma work and infant mental health.


Licensed Educational Psychologist, California Board of Behavioral Sciences LEP #3817
Pupil Personnel Services
Diplomate in School Neuropsychology: American Board of School Neuropsychology

Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP)

Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist 

Mentor Neurosequential Network


Master of Arts, Psychology, Houston Baptist University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University

I complete educational assessments for:

  • Dyslexia

  • ADHD

  • Executive Functioning

  • Specific Learning Disabilities

  • Autism

  • GATE testing

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • School Neuropsychological

I also:

  • Consult with MTSS teams

  • Complete Behavior Intervention Plans

  • ADHD Professional Services

I believe learning contains multitudes but sometimes there are barriers that may be hard to see.

Call today so I can provide insight into the best way your student learns!




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