My Approach to Helping
Hope. I became a therapist because I believe in hope. I believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel, joy after trauma, success after failure, and peace after strife. I have been holding on to hope and helping children, adolescents, and families make progress toward their goals for more than 10 years. I have extensive training and experience with trauma, child/adolescent behavior disorders, school/social difficulties, parenting/relationship stress, anxiety, and depression. I received my masters from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006, where I also studied the integration of faith and the practice of clinical psychology. My goal is to provide a safe and collaborative environment to help you gain new insights, and learn new skills. I believe things can change for the better in your life, and I can help.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have extensive experience in childhood trauma including single and chronic physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, foster and post-adoption issues, traumatic loss, and divorce. I like to get on the floor to make art, play games, imagine, and play! Play is how kids process the world around them. With a supportive, genuine therapist, play can give access to the part of a child's world that they aren't even capable of talking about.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
When a parent and child who have been stuck in a pattern of conflict have a tender moment of connection. When a client sees the product of their hard work. When someone recognizes an old way of doing things and makes a different choice. When a client tries a new skill for the first time - and it works! I love seeing people make progress towards their goals, no matter how small. It's inspiring.