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About Dr. Danika Maddocks

My approach

As a consultant and therapist, I am collaborative, creative, and relational. I partner with families, educators, and other providers to understand their goals, build their confidence, and find a better fit between their needs and their supports. I create a unique relationship with each client. 


People often seek out consultation or therapy because of stress and difficulties. I attend to these experiences and provide concrete strategies.  At the same time, I am playful, humorous, and down-to-earth.  With curiosity and compassion, I help clients re-connect with their strengths, resilience, and hope.

Education & training

I earned my PhD in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in child therapy, and I earned an MA in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University. I have additional training in giftedness and twice-exceptionality; neurodiversity-affirming approaches to therapy, parenting, and education; supporting autistic and PDA kids and teens; evidence-based treatments for anxiety; collaborative/therapeutic assessment; and psychodynamic therapy with youth and families. Before graduate school, I was a K-12 teacher and educational trainer for over 10 years.

Special interests

  • Giftedness and twice exceptionality

  • Gifted autistic and PDA kids and teens

  • Neurodiversity-affirming therapy and parenting approaches

  • Reducing anxiety for children, teens, and parents

  • Working with children and teens who are reluctant to begin therapy

  • Supporting queer, non-binary, gender expansive, and LGBTQ+ youth and families

  • Helping parents feel calmer and more confident

  • Collaborating with teachers and school personnel

About Better Fit Psychology & Consulting, LLC

Kids and teens thrive when there is a good fit between their needs, strengths, characteristics, and their environment.  I chose the name Better Fit Psychology & Consulting to highlight how healing it can be when kids and teens feel a better fit between themselves and their families, schools, and communities. 


Finding a better fit sometimes requires more creativity and support for children with less-common needs, including those who are gifted and twice exceptional. I strive to help my clients find a better fit in every aspect of their lives -- a better fit between their intellect and their education; a better fit between their personality and their parenting; a better fit between their emotions and their coping strategies; a better fit between their social life and their strengths. 



All services are provided virtually.

Phone: 612.712.3309

Fax: 612.500.4654

Email: drdanikamaddocks[at]betterfitpsychology[dot]com

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