Who I see: I enjoy working with ages zero to early adulthood and people who are in a perinatal time of life (prenatal through 18 months postpartum). I find it important to provide support and education with the family or support system while paralleling individual therapy. This can be accomplished through family therapy. This model of care can often help the client feel supported, and can foster growth and healing. I enjoy seeing children and families who want to grow in processing permanency/adoption difficulties and to be with them as they continue with their life journey.
My Approach: It is all about you! I feel it is essential to have fun during sessions, and enjoy using creative techniques like play, art, nature, mindful movement, mindfulness, relaxation, (and much more) during sessions. If you are looking for hands on client centered approaches to learn how to feel your best, then I am the therapist for you! I value the involvement of parents/caregivers/spouses and believe this is an important part in the therapy process. I feel incorporating life stories are important in the therapy process. With being a PACC graduate I have an in depth understanding of adoption within the individual and both the biological and adoptive family. I will begin where you are at in processing family dynamics by being present with both the individual and the family in providing psychoeducation and creating a safe place to explore.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Adlerian Play Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Young Child (3-6)
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