Dr. Jill Garfinkle is a licensed psychologist and a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Maryland since 2014, and she has been a nationally certified speech-language pathologist since 2008, having held her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since that time. She received her licenses to practice as a speech-language pathologist in the District of Columbia in 2010 and in Maryland in 2012.
Dr. Garfinkle is no stranger to shifting and refining her own career goals. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, having majored in sociology and completed multiple internships in entertainment public relations (highlights included The Late Show with David Letterman and several major studios). However, once she settled into her first full-time job in that field after college, she quickly realized that the field she thought was her dream did not in fact suit her, and she decided to shift gears. After much networking and taking one career assessment test (and finding that test to be entirely unhelpful - probably due to receiving no guidance at all on what its results might have meant) she moved to Washington, DC, where she earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from The George Washington University, and worked in several schools to earn her certification following graduation. She then returned to The George Washington University for her doctorate in clinical psychology. She completed her predoctoral clinical psychology internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA, with a faculty appointment as a Fellow in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Prior to founding Plot Points Career Counseling, LLC, she spent much of her career in Baltimore at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.
Throughout her training and her career, Dr. Garfinkle has worked with children and adolescents with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, and adults with a wide variety of concerns. She has specialized in working with people with language and learning challenges including executive function difficulties, attention disorders, reading and writing disorders, and social learning difficulties. She is well-trained in psychological assessment and has extensive experience in academic planning and accommodations. She has found that she frequently gravitates toward working with people who are experiencing transitions in their lives, and who are struggling to figure out what motivates them.
After these rewarding experiences and making note of her own particular enjoyment of helping people through times of transition and feelings of being “stuck,” Dr. Garfinkle sought additional consultation with experienced colleagues specializing in career counseling and as her practice has grown and her specialization has evolved, she has found a passion for working with people to find and forge their career paths. She feels privileged to be able to focus her practice on the continually exciting work of helping people to map out the next chapters of their professional lives.
Dr. Garfinkle is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), as well as the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA). She makes continuing education a priority and was awarded ASHA’s “ACE” Award for demonstrating her commitment to lifelong learning in 2017 and again in 2020.
In her free time, Dr. Garfinkle loves to cook, travel, and spend time in the garden. She can often be found spending time with her husband and dog (an incredibly lovable beagle/yellow lab mix).