Ms. Richard earned her BA in Child Development from Chico State in 2004. She gained experience and knowledge in the mental health field as a Behavioral Specialist working at a large non-profit agency providing in-home services for foster and high-risk youth. In 2012, Ms. Richard received her MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She earned her associate hours continuing to work with foster, high-risk youth and families in the San Luis Obispo County. Ms. Richard finished her time in San Luis Obispo working for the county as a school-based therapist. She provided therapy services within an elementary therapeutic learning classroom as well as with mainstreamed students receiving Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS). She worked closely with school staff, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team and provided individual, group and family therapy services. Ms. Richard has worked with students ranging from grades K-12.
Ms. Richard relocated to Placer County with her family in 2016. She is a Licensed through the Board of Behavioral Services and is current on her continuing education and trainings that are relevant to her work as a therapist. Ms. Richard specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. She integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles to provide positive skills to youth and caregivers. Ms. Richard further has training and experience utilizing Trauma-Focused therapy and Play Therapy approaches. She works with clients to gain positive coping strategies, communication skills and solutions that are individualized. Therapy sessions are client-centered, and goals are created in collaboration with client. Ms. Richard strives to create a safe space for clients and families to have open dialogue, work through challenging issues and create healthy relationships.
Ms. Richard enjoys living in Placer County with her husband and beautiful little girl. She takes pleasure in outdoor adventures, new cultural experiences, horseback riding, and most of all family time.