My Approach to Helping
As a child and family therapist with more than 10 years of graduate school and work experience, my passion is helping parents raise competent, capable children by providing them with successful coping skills to navigate this challenging world.
Using a combination of adaptive and flexible individual and family sessions I will work with you and your child to create positive familial and peer relationships so that kids can achieve their vision of happiness and success.
During sessions, your child and I will use games, activities, worksheets, play, talk and 'homework' to maximize the counselor-client relationship and the benefits of counseling for your child. I collaborate regularly with parents and families to ensure issues are being approached and treated in a way that best benefits your child and your family.
More Info About My Practice
Please visit my website for more information on my background and therapeutic style.
I work on a sliding scale fee and I offer free consultations to all new clients.
I look forward to hearing from you, and to helping you on your journey of familial happiness.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My experience with children began as a devoted mother's helper when I was a young child myself. Since then, my educational experience has led me to a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Development, a Master's in Developmental Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Child and Adolescent Issues.
Throughout my education, my work experience began with internships at children's crisis facilities and a kindergarten readiness program including testing and behavioral management. Since then, I have worked as a therapist at Tulane University's Children's Anxiety Clinic and was most recently the lead therapist of the child and adolescent unit at a local crisis center in Pinellas County, FL.
I spent multiple years researching the effects of depression, parenting and environmental influences on toddler and early childhood development, and have published journal articles on the effects of parenting in infancy, toddlerhood and beyond. I am informed, passionate and committed to helping children and families reach their potential, and will be an excellent resource for you and your family.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy can be a valuable resource for your child or teen as they navigate growing up. Based on a child?s age, there are numerous factors that can influence behavior and reactions. It is sometimes hard to separate age appropriate issues such as sibling rivalry, peer and family relationships, college readiness, romantic interests, and hormones. However, if your child has experienced or is dealing with one of the following, a consultation for therapy would be appropriate to maintain mental and behavioral health:
the death of a loved one (parent, family member, pet), a divorce, addition of a step parent/sibling, a recent move or change in schools, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, bullying, struggling in school, if your child has become disinterested in previously enjoyable activities including peer relationships, has had a noticeable change in mood or behavior for a month or more, if these behaviors are unmanageable, increased moodiness, excessive worries about self, family or the future that are unable to be redirected.
Therapy for your child does not indicate a weakness in the child or the parent-child relationship. Instead, therapy can help your child learn to strategies for communication and emotional control to improve their happiness and the bond between family members.