Whether you are looking for help during a crisis or wanting to make changes in your personal or professional life, therapy is tailored to your goals. I help clients remove obstacles that stand in their way. These can be self-defeating ideas as well as emotions that need to be understood. By examining patterns and their origins, clients develop the awareness to make the changes they seek. Therapy also focuses on effective ways to express thoughts and feelings.
For children and adolescents, therapy meets them where they are. Parents are an important part of the process with young children. Younger children can benefit from play therapy, as they are not yet fully able to express their feelings in words.
Having obtained a graduate degree in Child Clinical Psychology, I’ve been doing play therapy with children as young as three for the past 30 years. I have also been trained in the Redirecting Children’s Behavior approach. Adolescents can benefit from having a skilled therapist and neutral adult help them sort out the decisions and demands they face during this stage of life.
Being a parent involves non-stop decisions about everything from handling conflicts over homework to concerns about the child’s mood, anxiety, friendships or school performance. Whether you are seeking input about issues at home or at school, consultation can be invaluable. I get to know your family and offer guidance that is tailored to your individual child. Solutions emerge when the cause of the problem is understood clearly. When appropriate, I can consult with school personnel and/or attend child study team meetings to advocate for a student’s needs.