I am a therapist of choice for kids ages 8 and up.
If you are concerned that your child or teenager shows signs of worry, irritability, trauma, or self-harm, I would like to help.
I use a variety of techniques to help children feel comfortable, look forward to sessions, and express themselves.
My therapy work with younger children may involve role-playing, drawing, play dough, and games.
I know how hard it is to watch your child struggle.
Working with your child will be a collaborative experience between your family and me.
Parent education is also one of my passions and may be a component of children's therapy.
In my counseling with children and teens, I draw from the work of Dr. Dan Seigel and attachment theory. Children are also naturally drawn to parts work from the IFS model, very much like the Inside Out movie if you've seen that.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for children and some adapted skills for DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) can also be helpful.
I am a trained facilitator in Circle of Security Parenting™. This is a parenting component that is central to understanding your child’s needs and how to meet them while building and maintaining a secure attachment.
Circle of Security - Parenting is an attachment-based parenting program that can be delivered in group or individual therapy.
Upon scheduling, you will receive an intake packet with essential information and forms.
Parents join us for at least the first session. The majority of the time I recommend a safe and connected adult to attend sessions with the child. However, this is not required and we make this decision together and it is individualized.
The goal in this first session is to build rapport with your child and begin to get to know him/her, while building safety. We hear about what brings you in and some hopes for therapy.
Depending on the situation, we sometimes meet with parents only first, and for any number of sessions.
Let's get a glimpse into what you experience now and what you hope for.
We will collaborate to design a treatment plan and therapy that works for you.
This can be in a more formal/clinical format or a more spoken and known goal for therapy that we track progress as we go.
We focus on naming what your child does that works.
They may already be doing things that sustain and improve relationships over time.
Same with parenting.
We name them, claim them, and use them.
We also discover what your child does not know yet. We learn and practice the skills that help kiddos and families
grow relationships over time. We create a map that includes skills and understanding of themselves that are age-appropriate. We may also explore areas in the parenting area and certainly educate parents on what is helpful and what's not. There's no shame in not knowing what you don't know, or making mistakes. We all do. And self reflection and understanding can lead to empowering changes we are seeking.
We do things differently.
We also explore barriers, heal ruptures or impacts from experiences or traumatic events, and identify parts of your child that might be interfering with their needs being met and the experience childhood they deserve .
We name them, claim them, and heal them.
Children frequently come in for the following reasons.
Many forms of anxiety: school, illness, separation, test, social
Adjustments of many kinds
Feeling down or losing joy
Internet/screen time struggles
There is hope for change and healing.
Really, only you know. If you have a hunch to come in, then I'd say yes, it's probably worth at least one session.
There are other sources of support and help as well. Schools, teachers, church and pastors, community programs, parent education, and groups.
Information, self-help, and education are great. In and of themselves―they are sometimes not enough.
I just encourage you to not wait too long, when habits are entrenched. If you already have, there is still plenty of hope for change if you have just enough will, there is a way.
If you are fortunate to access support through a trained therapist, you are enriched