“...helping you to develop goals that lead to positive and sustainable change...”
Building and maintaining a relationship based on trust, respect and safety with my clients is always the over-arching goal. My role is to listen and support you, as we work together to develop and refine goals to meet your needs. Building a plan together helps to instill hope, and is an important step towards healing and effecting positive change in your life. To support you in achieving your goals, I draw from a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models including: Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Strength-Based and Brief and Strategic. I tailor my work with my clients based on their unique needs, goals, and interests.
I have extensive experience working with children and would welcome the opportunity to address the unique challenges that your child may face early in life. With children, I try to create a safe and enjoyable space for them to express their feelings and needs. I work closely with the parents to learn as much about their child's developmental, social, academic and emotional background and what concerns they have about their child. As I practice Strength-Based Therapy, I want to know about your child's unique strengths and interests, as these will be emphasized throughout the therapy. During the initial phase of therapy with your child, I focus on establishing trust through listening and play. I also work to de-stigmatize being in therapy, as we all need help at times in our lives. Through Art and Play Therapy, I try to gently enter their world to better understand their challenges and to assess their needs. I always collaborate with the parents and child on establishing goals for therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based model, is very effective in addressing many of the issues children face including: behavioral, self-esteem, depression and anxiety concerns. Children feel empowered knowing that they can actually "reboot" their brains to reduce negative self-thinking or maladaptive behaviors. In addition, I always take an integrative approach to developing a sustainable plan for parents, which includes daily exercise, healthy nutrition and sufficient sleep and Mindfulness techniques; as these are all vitally important to a child's mental health. It would be an honor and privilege to work with you and your child!