Rashidah received her Ed.M. degree from Rutgers University and BA in Psychology from Kean University. She has extensive experience working in the mental health field with children and adolescents in settings including schools, hospital screening centers, community centers, and in private homes. As an in-home therapist, Rashidah has provided behavior services to children with ASD, ADHD, ODD, and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. She currently works in the only hospital providing inpatient psychiatric services for developmentally disabled individuals with mental health diagnoses in the state of New Jersey. In addition, Rashidah is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with experience providing substance abuse counseling to adolescents and adults. She utilizes an eclectic counseling style incorporating evidence-based practices including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and traditional behavior interventions.
Rashidah believes her most important experience stems from her job as a mom of two children on the autism spectrum.
"I understand the challenges parents face while trying to obtain the best possible care for their children with special needs. As a parent, we encounter barriers with insurance companies, the school system, medical providers, and more. My passion for this work comes from understanding the fear of an uncertain future and difficulty accepting a diagnosis, as well as the small steps toward goals that can bring great joy. The feeling of seeing your child clap or say a word for the first time cannot be described.
My dream in creating Hope Behavior Services is to help children with special needs reach their full potential while educating, advocating, and providing resources to parents and families who are just beginning this difficult journey. Our knowledge and experience as parents are our greatest tools to help our children excel."