My Approach to Helping
Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with yourself or your child? Not sure where to turn for help for yourself or your adopted child? You don't have to continue this fight alone. I am here to help adoptive families take control of their own emotions, heal from the pain of the past, using their own strengths and uniqueness. The types of therapy and tools used in my work are guided by the goals and needs of the family in the room with me. Everyone is capable of finding a path to their goals and I feel privileged to be a witness to their journey. Words are often not enough to heal - how many times have you told your story and not felt better? We can use play, art, music, sand tray, EMDR- and many other tools to help you express yourself and be heard - at your own pace.
More Info About My Practice
Addressing the Needs of the Heart with the Brain in Mind! We offer services for adoptees of all ages and stages of adoption from pre-adoption to reculturation.
My Role as a Therapist
My role is NOT to be the expert - my clients are the experts on themselves - I see my role as a guide to re-discovering strengths or new paths to the goals of my clients. I listen with the intent to understand - this means listening not only to my client's words but also listening through actions, behaviors, play and art.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Me too! Making the decision to reach out for help is hard enough - if you have a negative experience it can be even harder to try again. In my practice it is important to know that you are driving the bus and are seen as a competent driver - we strive to help people have an experience that feels non-judgmental, accepted for who they are and where they are at in life. Your time is valuable and therapy should be helpful.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I am a parent too - including a special needs child (sensory processing disorder) and an adopted child. Parenting is the most challenging and rewarding journey out there. No parent is perfect and no child is perfect. Parents are trying hard to do what is best for their child and it is heartbreaking to watch your child struggle. When life throws you situations you have not encountered before or you have sought help and have not seen positive change it can feel very overwhelming and lonely. It is not easy asking for help as a parent - it can feel like you are not a good parent. YOU ARE A GOOD PARENT - we all need help from time to time - it takes a village - you are welcome here.