Dr. Saira Thompson is Postdoctoral Resident and Psychological Assistant at Sentiero. She is advanced in her clinical training and currently completing the final requirements for licensure as a psychologist via the supervision of Drs. Kierce and Oye-Trautloff. Her role at Sentiero is pivotal and specialized in that she provides auxiliary care to current patients being treated in the group with in-home behavioral support for children and families, augments psychodynamic treatment with skills-based therapy (i.e., CBT, DBT, ABA), and attends school-based meetings to assist parents with advocating for special education services.
Dr. Thompson earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. She completed her APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship at New Connections Academy in Palatine, Illinois, where she worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a school setting. At New Connections Academy, she conducted individual therapy, group therapy, parent training, as well as employment and job training. She also advocated for students’ mental health needs during Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings.
Dr. Thompson has provided psychotherapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Feeding and Eating Disorders in outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, private practice, home-based, and K-12 school settings. She has also been trained in the psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessments of neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities, attention difficulties, personality functioning, feeding and eating disorders, and mood disorders.
Dr. Thompson’s clinical interests include psychological assessment, advocacy for parents, working with children and adolescents diagnosed with co-occuring neurodevelopmental disorders and feeding and eating disorders, as well as children that exhibit behavioral difficulties and anxiety. She utilizes a range of treatment approaches such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Family Based Treatment (FBT).