She utilizes evidence-based treatments and her specialty areas include behavioral issues, social/peer issues (that often accompany mild autism spectrum disorder), anxiety, and trauma. She includes parents as a very important part of the treatment process. Her treatment approach is skills-based, active, and goal oriented, built upon the foundation of a strong therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Rinaldi received her M.A. and Ph.D. in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her primary focus during graduate school was researching the causes and nature of autism spectrum disorders. She spent her latter years in Seattle working at The Parenting Clinic, a research and treatment program serving families with young children who exhibit behavior challenges at home and/or school. For most of her professional career, Dr. Rinaldi served as a psychologist at a top pediatric hospital in Chicago where she led a developmental assessment clinic for children aged 5 and under. Children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological and other medical complexities, and developmental delays were among the children seen.
Dr. Rinaldi has a huge passion for clinical work and having a direct impact on improving the quality of lives of others. Feeling in better control of one’s emotions can lead to better relationships, increased happiness, and greater success at school and in life. She works with children and their parents to help them learn how to accept one’s own feelings while learning to communicate and regulate them effectively. She looks forward to working with your family to build more cohesion among you.