Children brighten the world around them every day. If something is interfering with your child’s light, I want to help.
Just like adults, children and teens can get stressed, angry, worried, anxious and sad. I provide compassionate, child-centered support to children ages 8-17 as they navigate life’s stressors. Helping children and teens make sense of their thoughts and feelings while they explore the world around them is the best thing I get to do every day.
I have had the opportunity to work with children in a variety of settings including schools, community health centers and private practice. This provides a rich, deep reserve of experience to draw from as I continue to I advocate for the unique needs of children.
My work with young children………………………….
Play is the language of young children. It is how they express their feelings, communicate their thoughts, and work through experiences. I use a combination of child-centered play therapy, directive play therapy, and social skills building techniques in my work with children. Play therapy may look like “just playing” from the outside, but play that is facilitated in a therapeutic environment can help children work through stressful experiences, develop insight, learn creative problem solving and become more self-aware. Play therapy stimulates creative thinking, exploration, regulates emotions and helps build confidence. In play therapy toys become the children’s words, allowing them to express their thoughts, feeling and experiences in a way that is freeing and not frustrating.
I find that using play is a beneficial approach for most children no matter what specific issue brings them to my office. I have also found that directive play and social skills work assist children who struggle with attention and impulsivity. Children who may be fearful or uncertain about coming to therapy will quickly feel comfortable when they see that I speak their language of play. Through this positive relationship I can help children build confidence, social skills, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and to make better behavior choices.
My work with pre-teens and teens…………………………….
“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” – E.E. Cummings
In today’s world, life for a teen can be stressful, confusing and overwhelming. Often times they are faced with social, emotional, academic and spiritual issues all while trying to gain independence and acceptance.
Teenagers have a lot to say and sometimes they can feel like they are not being listened to or taken seriously. I always start where the teen is most comfortable and work collaboratively in helping them meet their goals. It is fulfilling being a part of a teen’s growth and seeing them develop a better understanding of themselves. This important development of skills will help support them throughout their life.
I use humor and curiosity to engage with teenagers and learn about their inner world. In addition to talking, I use things like card games, workbooks, art activities, sensory items and other techniques to keep kids engaged and take the pressure off of sitting and talking.
I would welcome the opportunity to walk with you and your child as they face life’s challenges, experience victories, and thrive.