Saioa's recent accomplishments and ability to breakthrough to her clients is the result of a strong academic foundation. With a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she has also gained considerable professional clinical experience over the years. A partner in a private practice with Dr. Sharon DiGiacomo, chief psychologist and renowned specialist in neurological disorders, Saioa has been able to learn and grow as a professional due to working directly with clients. During this time she became an expert in the field of Executive Functioning and Neurological Deficits; more specifically in dealing with children and adolescents diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
With a deep interest in the growth and development of her community, she developed parent education and socialization training groups. This involved her working with speech and language pathologists, special education teachers and occupational therapists at public/private schools cementing herself as an important part of the community.
Saioa prioritizes the therapist-client relationship above anything else. She aims to create a safe and non-judgmental space, where her clients feel comfortable sharing their most vulnerable and deepest struggles. By developing this relationship, Saioa has been able to treat children, adolescents and adults struggling emotionally due to divorce, separation/blending of families and a variety of mental health issues that include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD or executive functioning issues.
Using a variety of age-appropriate treatment interventions such as Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Filial Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Applied Behavioral Analysis, Saioa goes above and beyond her duty to diagnose and treat her clients. Saioa prioritizes her clients, but when she does find time to reflect, the impact her therapy has had on her clients gives her the motivation she needs to keep getting better. It fuels her passion to do even more.
Therapy Services for Children
- Play Therapy
- Behavioral Problems
- Family Counseling
- Coping & Adjusments
- Anger Management
Co-parenting Education and Psychotherapy
- Parental education on impact of divorce and separation on children
-Strategies for implementation of visitation plans that fit children's age and developmental needs
-Improve methods of communication
-Effective strategies of discipline and disruptive behaviors at home
- Direct observation in school setting
- Collaborate with teachers on tasks
- Assist with program modification
- Provide resources for school staff