My Approach to Helping
Together, we can unlock your child's potential. The foundations of my practice are a strengths-based, individualized, and systemic approach.
I operate from a strengths-based perspective to guide and assist children and teens in overcoming obstacles to success. Building upon this perspective, I individualize my treatment - drawing upon my clients' individual and unique strengths to promote healing growth and development. Lastly, I utilize a systems approach to treatment and integrate parents, family, schools, and other important systems in an effort to sustain and support my clients' progress.
I aim to create a place of warmth, safety, and trust within my individual sessions with children and teen. I often integrate play and other forms of creativity into my therapy sessions.
More Info About My Practice
I have a breadth of experience in guiding children in overcoming obstacles to success. Common obstacles that I have addressed include inattention, hyperactivity, poor emotional regulation, impulsivity, low self-esteem, anxiety, poor social skills, irritability, depression, low frustration tolerance, and poor anger management.
I work closely with parents to support their specific needs and offer auxiliary parenting support sessions. Being a mother to two active, spirited, and strong-willed children allows me to bring a level of empathy to my clinical work.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Choosing to go to therapy is personal, nuanced, and sensitive choice. Choosing to send your child to therapy is an even more complicated choice. As a parent myself, I scrutinize every choice that I make for my children - am I feeding them a balanced diet, am I letting them watch too much TV, am I sending them to the "right" school, am I doing enough to help their growth and development? If your child is struggling in some way - socially, emotionally, academically - therapy can be the right choice. Yes, therapy can carry a certain stigma. A stigma, a label, which you may want to avoid placing on your child. However, what if you were able to reframe your thoughts about therapy? Instead of thinking of it as a service to address flaws and failures, thinking of it as a place to foster growth and development.
My treatment approach is strength-based. I don't ask what is wrong with your child, but rather what is getting in the way of your child's success. I create a warm, inviting, creative, and individualized space for your child to identify their strengths and increase feelings of empowerment to use these strengths in all area of their lives. I believe therapy can be brief and that as soon as parents and children feel comfortable, we can end our work together.
I acknowledge that choosing to send your child to therapy is a difficult decision. If you are on the fence about going to therapy, contact me and we can create a plan for therapy that meets your child's needs.