My Approach to Helping
I provide warm, caring, and supportive therapy to children, teens, young adults, and families. Life is hard, and sometimes people need help navigating through these hard times. Adolescents are under tremendous amounts of stress that sometimes they are not equipped to deal with. Children may have trouble controlling their behavior or emotions at home and at school. Parents may feel as if they do not have the parenting tools they need to help their children cope with life and learn self-control. As your therapist, I will help you develop the coping skills you need to have a life that brings you joy and contentment. I will help your teenager develop skills to manage stress and express emotions in appropriate ways. I will help your child develop frustration tolerance and self-control in order to be more successful at home and at school. My passion is helping teenagers, children, and their families get more joy out of life. Please call me if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
With children: ADHD, behavior struggles at home and at school; emotional control; frustration tolerance; defiance; school refusal; anxiety; fears; attachment issues.
With adolescents and young adults: anxiety; depression; stress; cutting; suicidal thoughts; relationship improvement.
With families: improving relationships; increasing attachment; parenting skills.
My Therapy Focus
My focus in therapy is to work on what you think is most important to bring joy and peace to your life. Together in session we set goals for our time together. Goals are important to set because they help us stay focused on working on what you want throughout the course of therapy. They also help us to know when our time together is complete (when you feel the goals have been achieved). Throughout therapy, my focus is on you. My goal with all clients is to help them develop the skills they need in order to achieve a life that they love and feel good about. I work with the parents and children so that each person is getting what they need to improve relationships and increase satisfaction with family life.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I do not take insurance. The primary reason is that I do not want to label a child with a mental health diagnosis. Frequently, children go through periods in their lives where they need some help, but, their level of distress usually does not warrant a diagnosis. If I bill insurance for my services, I must come up with a diagnosis. This diagnosis becomes part of your child's medical record. If I do not bill for insurance, then we are free to meet as often and for as long as we both deem necessary. Your child gets the help he or she needs without having a diagnosis attached.