SERVICES

CHILD/TEEN THERAPY

Play is a child’s best way of communicating what is happening inside of them and parents gain a better understanding of their child when working with a child/play therapist. Play therapy helps children to learn to solve problems and change their negative behaviors. Some of the issues addressed in play therapy include:

  • preschool Issues/transitions
  • anxiety
  • separation anxiety
  • adoption/attachment
  • trauma, grief and loss
  • family transitions/blended families
  • behavior challenges
  • school difficulties
  • sensory regulation difficulties
  • tantrums
  • school/relationship stress
Teens have many challenges to navigate including relationships with friends and family, anxiety, school stress, identity issues, and sometimes depression. I use a variety of creative ways to engage and connect with teens including art, collage, dialogue and music.
At times it makes sense for a parent to be in the play session with their child. I use some directive activities with parents and their child to encourage positive interaction and fun. I also ask parents to come in for part of their child’s session if warranted and depending on the issues the child is being seen for.
If behavior challenges are impacting your child at preschool or elementary school, I am available to observe your child, provide feedback to parents and then school if requested and to strategize with teachers on how to help the child be successful in the school setting.

WOMEN/POSTPARTUM SERVICES

If you are pregnant or recently had a baby I specialize in working with women during this very special but often challenging time in your life. It is normal to feel overwhelmed as a new mom but sometimes you need more help with how you are feeling. It is important to take care of yourself to be the best mom to your baby! My goal is to provide a warm, caring and supportive environment for pregnant and postpartum women. Perinatal and postpartum anxiety and depression are very treatable with therapy. Babies are welcome to come to sessions.
Many women are trying to balance life with parenting, work, marriage, and other commitments. This often leaves women feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and discouraged. If you are experiencing anxiety or depression or just feel you could use support in your life then the supportive relational style of therapy I provide may be helpful for your situation.

FAMILY/PARENTING

I am certified as a Trust Based Relational Intervention Therapist (TBRI). I specialize in working with families who have adopted a child internationally or domestically or are thinking about doing this in the future. My passion is to provide education and support to parents about trauma and attachment issues that affect children from “hard places.” When a child is adopted at an older age, often times they need their own individual therapy to work on identity issues, adjustment to adoption and cultural differences they may experience with their adopted family. I strive to provide support, encouragement and hope while helping with your family’s unique needs.
Family Therapy is helpful when communication or challenging relationships are difficult to resolve on your own. At times it is suggested that some of the family or the family as a whole come in to work on these issues together. I often incorporate creative ways such as art and play to address the different problems that need to be worked on.
I work with parents alone or in conjunction with their child being seen in individual therapy. My goal is to help parents work on interventions to use at home and that can be implemented in daily living.

 

 

 

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