We are a group of professionals devoted to providing comprehensive treatment to children, adolescents, adults and their families. We strive to maintain a multicultural as well as a multilingual group of professionals to serve diverse communities. Languages spoken among our professional staff include English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Armenian.
Our Professional Team
Deryl Goldenberg, Ph.D., Certified RDI Consultant
Dr. Goldenberg is a Clinical Psychologist with 30 years of experience helping children, parents and couples. He is a certified Relationship Development and Intervention (RDI) Consultant who applies this cutting-edge, emotional, cognitive, evidence-based intervention program to individuals with ASD. He is also involved in overseeing and providing ongoing, supervision for supervisors as well as interventionists working in the field of Autism. He also has a private practice where he offers psychotherapy to young adults, individuals and couples with difficulties and emotional concerns people face while navigating their lives. Some examples of these issues are relationship struggles, work dissatisfaction, compulsive habits and excessive anxiety.
Cherisse Sherin, M.A., Certified DIR Expert Provider & Trainer
Clinical Supervisor/Assessor/Staff Trainer
Cherisse is also a Senior Clinician with ICDL and she is certified in the PEERS Program. She has worked with children and families as a Child Development Specialist for over 25 years. Cherisse collaborates and coordinates with regional centers to maintain continuity of services and provides clinical supervision for both case supervisors and interventionists. She facilitates and develops social skills programs for VHAP and schools and provides the developmental intervention training series for VHAP staff. Cherisse also provides presentations for other multidisciplinary professionals, school districts and parents that focus on Floortime, inclusion support and behavior.
Amber Ito, M.A.
At VHAP, she is responsible for the in-take of new clients, hiring and staffing and support of school district programs. She also coordinates training schedules and orientation of new staff. Her direct supervision responsibilities consist of managing both regional center and school district programs.
Case Supervisors provide on-going supervision and parent training to develop the child’s intervention program. Minimally, Supervisors have a master’s degree in psychology or a related field; a minimum of 5 years of experience working with children; and use developmental, relationship-based, behavioral interventions to address the child’s developmental needs in the home, school and/or community.
Developmental Interventionists implement direct, one-to-one intervention services that address the child’s individualized goals. They also provide support for parent training. Most Interventionists have a B.A. in Psychology/Education or a related field and 2-3 years experience working with children. We provide ongoing training and supervision to ensure effective implementation of learned strategies using developmental, relationship-based and behavioral interventions to address the child’s developmental needs in the home, school and/or community.