My Approach to Helping
If your child is struggling, you likely feel helpless and worried. It can be hard to not know what to do to help your child. Many children who come to me are struggling with anxiety, anger or making friends. Some have trouble sitting still in school and are often in trouble as a result. Many kids feel as helpless as their parents.
When a child is struggling, that affects everyone in a family. Everyone needs to be involved to solve the problems. I work with children -and their parents- by combining art therapy, bibliotherapy and evidenced-based practices to help children find ways to thrive.
Parents are involved every step of the way, because parents are crucial to their child learning and using skills. I love working with children because the skills we teach children in therapy can be used throughout their lives. It is so cool to hear a child come back to session and say, "I tried that thing we talked about-and it helped!"
More Info About My Practice
Children need skills to be able to handle stressful situations. Sometimes they need words for emotions. Sometimes they need skills to be able to handle that emotion. With kids, I look for a "skills gap." Some kids naturally, on their own, develop ways to handle emotions. Other kids need explicit teaching on how to deal with emotions. The children who need explicit teaching have a "skills gap" that has to be filled. I try to fill that gap with useful skills and teach the child's parents about the skills their child is learning. Sometimes, in the course of a session, I uncover something we didn't know before, such as that a child is being bullied, is worried about their grandma's health or that they think they are stupid. All of these things can affect the child's ability to cope with life. By uncovering these issues, we can address them proactively and give the child skills to deal with those situations or thoughts.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am very skilled at helping kids who are often in trouble. If your child is getting in trouble at school and you are worried about his or her education, I can help your child get on track. With your permission, I will call your child's school and talk to them about their concerns. I can help you advocate for your child at your child's school.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Therapy is to help kids live happier, healthier lives. Therapy should make a family stronger. Therapy should work for you and your child.