I have wanted to be a psychologist since reading a book for teen girls during a turbulent year of middle school. Lending a sympathetic ear came naturally to me even in childhood. Hearing the struggles of my friends only increased my interest in people and relationships. As a natural peacemaker, I could often be found scolding my parents for arguing.
Right after college I entered a graduate program in Atlanta and worked to get my doctorate in clinical psychology. I already knew I wanted to focus my training on children and families. My mom has always said that I’m like the “Pied Piper” when it comes to kids. They always seem to seek me out and follow me wherever I am, and the appreciation is mutual.
Along the way I found a niche in working with young children and kids with developmental issues. I am passionate about working with children and families, especially our community’s youngest members. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are my heart and where I have focused much of my career.
Working with Families
I have seen firsthand the power of relationships in both healing and harming. My approach focuses on strengthening communication and feelings of safety and security within families. I believe that families are doing the best they can with what they have, and have many strengths that can be built upon. My role as a therapist is a partner helping to make goals and a plan to reach them.
I try to help families see what is going well and where they would like to see change. I help parents learn new ways to manage difficult behaviors and support development. My ultimate goal is to help parents better understand and relate to their child and each other.
Outside the Office
Being both a New Orleans native and from an Italian-Creole family, food is a major interest. I love to cook and am frequently inspired to throw together some ingredients and hope that my concoction is a success! There is nothing I like more than preparing a meal for my loved ones and sharing stories around the table, over a nice glass of wine.
My relationships with family and friends are hugely important to me and I see them whenever I have a chance. During my training, I was lucky to live in sunny Southern California, but I’m thrilled to be back home in the South. I love warm summer days relaxing by the pool, grilling out on the patio, and hanging at the lake. Right now, I’m loving the joy and challenges of motherhood and marriage. Raising two small children while balancing a career takes work, but both roles are so fulfilling.
Training and Credentials
- Clinical psychologist licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists License # 36214
- Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family
- Internship in pediatric (health) psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County
- Two-year post-doctoral fellowship specializing in Early Childhood Mental Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
- Autism Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Training Program (LEND) at the University of Southern California (USC) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
- National Register Certified as a Health Service Provider in Psychology.
- Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
- Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Clinical Hypnosis
View Dr. Pasqua’s curriculum vitae for more information.