Dr. Beurkens specializes in resolving problems that many families and professionals deem unsolvable.
She recognizes that beneath the many challenging symptoms children and young adults exhibit are people capable of more.
Her patients and their families affectionately refer to her as the learning and behavior “detective.” Many people believe that the symptoms they experience are the problem, but the symptoms are actually clues to the real problems.
Dr. Beurkens specializes in piecing together the clues to find and treat the source of learning, mood, and behavior problems that are often diagnosed as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Impairment, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and more.
She is an expert at evaluating the core issues that create challenges for children and young adults, and developing solutions that get to the root of the problem and improve function permanently.
Dr. Beurkens has a master’s degrees in special education, a master’s degree in nutrition and integrative health, and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
She understands the challenges students with learning and behavior difficulties experience in school, and the difficulties school systems have meeting the needs of these students.
She has taught in general and special education classrooms at every level from preschool to secondary school. Dr. Beurkens spent several years providing consultation services to dozens of school districts, helping them address the needs of students with neurodevelopmental disorders.
A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Beurkens has provided professional development seminars for thousands of education and therapy professionals throughout the United States and abroad. She has managed grant projects, and taught graduate level courses on meeting the needs of students with autism and related disorders.
While Dr. Beurkens recognized the importance of supporting students and schools, her work in the educational system allowed her to see firsthand the many needs of parents and families of students with developmental and mental health concerns.
Given the lack of resources and supports available for these children and their families, she turned her attention to opening a clinic, Horizons Developmental Resource Center, where innovative family-based programs and supports can be provided.
Recognizing the limited number of professionals with expertise in evaluating and treating children with developmental and mental health disorders, Dr. Beurkens was motivated to return to graduate school to earn her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She also understands the important role that nutrition and physical health play in brain function, and her advanced degree in nutrition allows her to incorporate research-based nutrient therapies into her work with patients.
She regularly conducts initial diagnostic evaluations as well as second-opinion evaluations for children and young adults with a wide range of neurodevelopmental, behavioral, mood, and learning disorders.
Awarded Therapist And Published Author Supporting Parents And Professionals
Dr. Beurkens is an awarded therapist and published author who has produced award-winning training and support materials for parents and professionals.
At her clinic, Dr. Beurkens leads a team dedicated to exceptional evaluation and integrative treatment services, research on innovative treatment protocols, and professional training on best practices.
She publishes an award-winning newsletter for parents and professionals, and has hundreds of articles and resources available online.
When she isn’t working, Dr. Beurkens enjoys spending time with her amazingly supportive husband and their four children. An avid reader, shopper, and decorator, she also enjoys traveling with her family.