My Approach to Helping
Today's children and adolescents are under a tremendous amount of stress and face multiple challenges at home, at school, and with friends. The stress can be overwhelming and often children do not ask for help when they are struggling. Therapy can provide your child or adolescent with the skills they need to overcome these challenges and to develop the skills, and the confidence they will need to become independent, healthy, and well-functioning adults.
My goal is to provide a safe and positive environment where your child or adolescent can explore their emotions, address their current struggles, define their needs, recognize their strengths, and learn more effective coping and communication skills. When children and adolescents are able to make sense of their world, it allows them to tap into their internal resources empowering them to create the changes they need to improve their relationship within themselves, with their family, teachers, and peers. My training and experience as a marriage and family therapist, play therapist, and biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioner allows me to pull from multiple treatment modalities to best meet your child's or adolescent's needs.
More Info About My Practice
I accept BCBS, Tricare., and Aetna. I am a Medicaid provider but I am not a Trillium provider.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Specific Areas I Specialize In:
Children, adult individuals, couples, families, military children, individuals, and families.
The largest part of my time has been spent using Play Therapy with children who suffer from mental disorders due to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, PTSD, and abandonment issues. I also have spent a great amount of time working with the parents, foster parents/caregivers of these children through family therapy. I provide individual therapy and couples therapy for these parents. Teaching parenting skills and basic psycho-education are a primary focus when it comes to working with caregivers.
Another large population I work with is women who have been physically and sexually abused. Once again, when appropriate, I not only work with the individual but with their spouses and other family members through family and couples therapy.
Due to my location, as well as my own special interest, I enjoy working with military families. I live less than 20 miles from the Marine Corps Air Station (Cherry Point in Havelock, NC), 45 minutes from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC and 1 hour from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Fayetteville, NC.
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback is another methodology I use when working with clients who suffer from PTSD, anxiety disorders, psychosomatic disorders, hypertension, and pain management. I have found this psycho-physiological approach to be very effective when working with clients.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I am a marriage and family therapist which means I have specialized training in treating individuals of all ages, families, and couples. Marriage and family therapists specialize in evaluating and treating mental and emotional disorders within the context of relationships for example: parent-child, husband-wife, sibling to sibling, peer to peer. My overall goal for each and every clients is for them to obtain long-term well-being within themselves, as well as, within their family system, school system, and peer groups.
I have extensive training and am credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist through the Association of Play Therapy. Play Therapists are trained to strategically utilize play to help children overcome emotional difficulties. Through play, the therapist is able to work with the child at their developmental level using the child's natural inclination of playing to heal their emotional pain. Children do not have the verbal skills to express what is causing them to be emotionally distraught, but through play, the child is able to comfortably reenact the traumatic event(s) that are responsible for their emotional discomfort. Gary Landreth, one of the founding forefathers of play therapy, explained it best when he said, in play therapy, the child uses the toys as their words and the play becomes their language.
I also have a two-year postgraduate certification in biofeedback/neurofeedback. I often use these methodologies.