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Deirdre Sims, MA, IVE, CVRC, ABVE Diplomate Biography

Deirdre Sims is a Master’s Degreed Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (CVRC) for the United States Department of Labor, is one of approximately two hundred (200) Diplomates of the American Board of Vocational Experts in the United States, has been appointed by the State of California as an Independent Vocational Evaluator (I.V.E.) for the Workers’ Compensation Department, and has been approved to provide MCLE credits by the State Bar of California. (For a complete C.V., please request on the contact us page.)

According to California Family Code §4331, Ms. Sims qualifies as an expert with:

(1) a Master of Arts Degree in the behavioral sciences, Counseling Psychology, emphasis, Marriage, Family, Child Counseling;

(2) qualified to administer and interpret inventories for assessing career potential;

(3) demonstrated ability in interviewing and assessing marketable skills with understanding of age constraints, physical and mental health, previous education and experience, and time and geographic mobility constraints;

(4) knowledge of education and training programs in the area with costs and time plans for these programs.

Ms. Sims has been Court appointed as a 730 expert in over 1,500 dissolution of marriage cases.

Ms. Sims has been counseling since 1981, upon graduation from the University of California
at Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Psychology. She obtained her
Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1985,
emphasis Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.

Ms. Sims started her career in counseling as a Supervisor for a Crisis Center. She then became a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for injured worker’s in 1987 and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Oregon and Washington. In 1990, she directed her focus to vocational counseling
and wage earning capacity assisting injured workers and divorced clients. She earned
elite standing as Diplomate with the American Board of Vocational Experts, and is one of only 200 in the United States since 1993. She later became Executive of the National Forensic Center
and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the United States Department of Labor.
Ms. Sims now specializes solely in divorce evaluations, imputation of income, and testifies in Superior Court and JAMS regarding wage earning capacity and imputation of income.

Attorneys and Judges have requested her services in dissolution matters regarding wage earning capacity as both a private consultant and a 730 expert since 1990.  Ms. Sims’ Vocational Evaluations are Court Ordered by Judges in North County and San Diego. 

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Deirdre Sims

Deirdre Sims, MA, IVE, CVRC, ABVE Diplomate

Ms. Sims earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, emphasis Marriage, Family Child, in 1985 from Pepperdine University.  She has been counseling and providing vocational services since 1985, working with the most prominent attorneys in San Diego.


Our Researchers

Vocational Research

have been performing vocational research in the San Diego Area for over 30 years.  If employability is a question, we contacts employers personally for qualifying and wage information specific to the client.     



Senior Admin Professional

Barb has been assisting DM Sims & other professionals with complex administrative assignments for over 30 years.  She utilizes  professional resources commonly used by Vocational Experts to  compile our comprehensive Vocational Evaluation reports. 

Professional Consultants, Certified Vocational Counselors and Vocational Researchers Provide exceptional services

Certified Vocational Counselors provide labor market research for information specific to the client regarding qualifications and employability.