My Approach to Helping
"Birds fly, fish swim, and children play."- Garry Landreth, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Therapy can help to increase social, emotional, behavioral, and communication skills in kids and teens. I believe play is the means through which children process their experiences, and Play Therapy techniques provide a safe space for children to work through challenges. I have been working with children, teens, and families for over two years, particularly with youth facing severe behavioral and mental health challenges. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked for over a decade with families experiencing domestic violence. In each of these settings, I have seen the benefits Play Therapy techniques provide children and their families. While my overall therapeutic process is strongly rooted in Child Centered Play Therapy, I employ an eclectic approach that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, expressive arts techniques, and trauma-informed practices in order to meet the specific needs of each individual client. I am currently pursuing Registered Play Therapist (RPT) certification under the supervision of an RPT-S. Caretaker involvement is essential in therapy with children and teens, and together we can do the work to improve your family's functioning and well-being.