Mary G. Rizza, Ph.D.

Notice: Dr. Rizza is currently working overseas and is not not accepting new clients in Ohio. If you are a former client and need to reach her, please email.

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Meet Dr. Rizza.

Dr. Rizza hails from New York but is happy to call Ohio home. Even as a teenager, she knew she would work in the helping profession. As an undergraduate, she started as an education major but switched to psychology after working in the campus advising center. Combining that interest in education with psychology, she continued her studies earning a Masters degree in School Psychology and eventually a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. 


Dr. Rizza has been a high school guidance counselor, school psychologist, school administrator, and college professor. She now enjoys splitting her time between working in schools and working with private clients. Regardless of the setting, she is concerned about the needs of children and adolescents as they navigate this complex world in which we live. Her practice is limited to working with school-age clients who have issues related to education, especially those who have ADHD, autism, anxiety, self-regulation, conduct problems, and mood problems. Dr. Rizza is also interested in helping children and adolescents with the specific issues related to being gifted and talented.


The main focus of Dr. Rizza's practice is evaluations but she also conducts therapy using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Behavior Modification. These techniques are helpful if your child or teen has anxiety, stress, depression, behavior issues, or problems with social interactions.  All too often, we focus only on the behaviors we see, therapy helps us understand the emotions and thoughts behind it all.  I am here to help your child/teen take control of those emotions and thoughts and create a better response.  


Evaluation services include assessment of ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Giftedness. We will use individual tests and rating forms that measure ability, academics, attention, sensory processing, and executive functioning depending on the need. During our first meeting, we will discuss how best to help your child/teen and create an evaluation plan to help understand what is happening. Services also include a report with recommendations to use at home and/or school. 


Whether you come in for therapy or an evaluation, we will spend the first session going over paperwork and getting to know each other.  It is important to establish a connection with both the child/teen and parents so that we can create a plan that works both in the office and at home.  We are in this together.

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