Being a teenager or transitioning to adulthood can be a very challenging time, but it can also be a time of tremendous growth, creativity, and connection! I specialize in supporting teenagers and young adults to identify their own strengths and resources and utilize them to improve self-esteem, enhance family and peer relationships, and move peacefully into adulthood.
Trauma is defined as any situation that overwhelms one's ability to cope. Traumas such as abuse, sexual assault, and childhood neglect can leave us feeling hopeless, angry, anxious, and confused. Utilizing training in various therapeutic modalities, I support children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma by offering a safe environment in which to process your experience, at your own pace, in order to find renewed hope and healing.
Is parenting not what you expected? Are you struggling to feel connected or positive towards your child? Are you doing things as a parent you promised never to do when you were younger? These common experiences can be difficult to navigate, and I can support you to better understand how your own life experiences inform who you are as a parent in order to increase compassion, care, and understanding for both your child and yourself!
Gestalt therapy is experiential, existential, and experimental. With the knowledge that we are living in the present (not the future or the past), this approach helps you become more aware of your experience in the here and now in order to relate more fully to yourself and others in the way you desire.
Have you ever felt conflicted because there's one part of you that feels one way, and another part of you that feels the exact opposite? Me too. Through this model, I will help you understand the benevolent intent of each of your parts, even those you wish were different. I utilize this model for treating depression, anxiety, and trauma (to name a few) and help you to access your core, unchanging self- that which is confident, clear, connected, calm, courageous, creative, and compassionate.
"I highly recommend Theraplay. Based on principles of attachment, Theraplay enables parents and their children—of all ages-- to again experience reciprocal joy and interests, cooperation and delight. This provides them with safety and a sense of closeness which creates a context where ongoing conflicts and worrisome behaviors are likely to decrease."- Dan Hughes, Ph.D (attachment expert)
Are you finding it difficult to connect with your child? Does your child have a history of foster care, adoption, or trauma and find it difficult to trust? This model (which looks very different from traditional talk therapy) will help you to provide the key elements of engagement, structure, nurture, and challenge for your child.
Is your child struggling to engage in everyday life after experiencing a traumatic life event? Are they blaming themself or having intrusive memories of what happened? TF-CBT can help children and adolescents who have experienced a traumatic event learn to become more relaxed, manage intrusive symptoms, and process what happened to them.
The above list is not exhaustive. I have also been trained in and utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sand tray therapy, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment-Based Family Therapy, psychodrama, and creative approaches as appropriate. Each individual and family is unique, and we will work together to determine the most effective treatment for you.