I have worked with kids struggling from a wide variety of emotional and behavioral issues ranging from minor anxiety and stress-related difficulties to explosive tantrums and aggressive outbursts. I also have experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum as well as those diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder, Childhood PTSD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Depression Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Regardless of what labels have been placed on your child, I am eager to get to know them as a person, first, and help them learn healthier ways to express their feelings and manage their emotions.
My approach to working with kids is very person-centered and starts with building a strong rapport. The therapeutic relationship and connection between therapist and child is the strongest predictor of positive change when doing child therapy. After forming a positive healthy relationship, I will work with you and your child to apply age-appropriate interventions targeting their "problem" behaviors. Interventions I utilize often include aspects of play therapy and art therapy, mindfulness, coping skills development, communication techniques as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. My therapy sessions often focus on helping children learn how to identify, communicate and cope with difficult emotions that might be troubling them and causing unwanted behaviors. Ultimately my goal is to help each child learn the skills they need to be healthier and happier, thus helping the whole family system become healthier and happier.