Georginia (pronounced Jor+jeena) is the Owner of GBW Educational Services, LLC. Originally from New Jersey, she has been in Colorado since 2015 and currently lives with her husband in Denver, CO. When not working, she enjoys playing golf, hiking, watching baseball, and spending time with family and friends.
Georginia is a certified School Psychologist in Colorado and New Jersey who has worked in the field since 2009. She is also a psychotherapist registered with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado.
In addition, Georginia is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist (BCCS). As a BCCS, Georginia has extensive training and experience in assessing cognitive skills. Her experience does not stop there, applying her training to other areas to fully understand the whole individual. She also is a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), which demonstrates her training and continued professional development in assessing for Autism as well as working in a variety of therapy modalities with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Georginia earned her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University - Camden. While working on her Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Rider University, she worked as an educational aide for children on the Autism Spectrum and was a substitute teacher in a variety of classrooms serving students receiving special education. Georginia has worked in schools in New Jersey and Colorado. She also has experience providing in-home and community support for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Currently, Georginia works full time for one of the top 5 largest school districts in Colorado where she is part of a Child Find team assessing children ages infant-5 years for early intervention and special education services. She also evaluates 4 and 5 year old students for early access and gifted services. Georginia also contracts part time to evaluate students for special education services who attend one of Colorado's online/virtual schools.
Georginia's main mission is to understand how children and adults learn, connecting the dots across multiple data points. This may be through assessment, direct intervention and support, review of information available, professional development, collaboration or advocacy.
Why contact a School Psychologist rather than a Clinical Psychologist with a Ph.D. or Psy.D.? School Psychologists have specialized training in a variety of assessments, interventions, learning disabilities, special education, family-school-community collaboration, and diverse learners. While most School Psychologists work within school systems, some also work outside of the schools providing support to families when special education or gifted education is not the answer, but more information is needed, or when an additional set of eyes is needed separate from the school system (such as in the case of an IEE or when the school does not have experience with a given learning profile) (NASP Who Are School Psychologists). School Psychologists are trained to make diagnoses, provide individual and group therapy, and work with school staff to support the cognitive, academic, social-emotional, and mental health of students in schools including those in college and beyond. While a Clinical Psychologist also has some training, their training is usually not specialized in the cognitive, academic, and social-emotional development within the educational system, but more aligned with only the mental health aspect of individuals.
Georginia periodically updates Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background reports. Most recently, these were updated in June, 2019.
To contact Georginia for your initial consult to see how she can you help you, your child, your family, your school, your district, or agency, please email, call/ text her, or complete the referral form. Please provide as much detail as possible as to needs, timelines, location, and the best way to contact you.