I am a therapist of choice for kids ages 6 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 and teens 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 and teen in counseling will be a collaborative experience between your family and me. Parent education is also one of my passions.In my counseling with children and teens, I draw from the work of Dr. Dan Seigel and attachment theory. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is very helpful in my therapy with teens. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR and IFS are also very helpful in helping children and teens process trauma and their worries. 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 (could use the word relationship instead)
Upon scheduling, you will receive an intake packet with essential information and forms.
The goal in this first session is to understand, from your perspective, what it's like to be you in your relationship. You'll share your "story of us" and what brought you in.
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.
We focus on naming what you do that works.
You may already be doing things that sustain and improve relationships over time.
We name them, claim them, and use them.
We also discover what you do not know yet. We learn and practice the skills that
grow relationships over time.
We do things differently.
We also explore barriers, heal ruptures in the relationships, and identify parts of you that might be interfering with movement toward your developing sense of a life worth living.
We name them, claim them, and heal them.
Teens frequently come in for the following reasons.
Struggling in their family
Loss and/or changes
School-related stress and decisions
Really, only you know. If parts of you have a hunch to come in then I'd say yes, it's probably worth at least one session.
Sometimes others see something that we don't see, and sometimes they do have good recommendations. If others in your life think it would be a good idea, it often is.
Therapy can definitely work and is supportive, even if you think you don't need it.
Information, self-help, and education are great. In and of themselves―they are often 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