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My Approach

I consider my approach to be relationship-based, person-centered, non-directive and eclectic meaning that I allow each family to determine what therapeutic intervention will work best for them and their individual situation.  I don't try to force any one particular therapeutic intervention onto anyone.  Think "square peg, round hole" situation.  Instead, I carry many "tools" in my therapy "toolbox" and, after getting to know each client and family on a personal level, I offer suggestions of what intervention or approach might work best for them.  Treatment suggestions may include interventions and activities stemming from Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy and Family Systems Theory.  I aim to help clients understand how various treatments might help with their situation and ultimately I encourage my clients to advocate for what is best for them so we can decide on a treatment plan together.

I make every effort to work with my clients, not work on them.

After all, you are the expert on YOU!

I also approach all of my therapeutic relationships (even individual therapy) from a Family Systems framework meaning that I believe no individual functions in isolation or "on an island."  Everyone operates within the context of their relationships with those around them, including their family members and the community.  In accordance with this approach to therapy, I typically take into consideration the systems that are impacting my clients as I conduct assessments and make treatment suggestions.  Family background and history and community or cultural factors may not be the focus of your current concerns but I aim to gain an understanding of how these systems may factor into each individual's behaviors and overall mental health and wellbeing.

Therapy Approaches and Interventions I Utilize:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Family Systems Theory​

  • Communication-Based Therapy

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy's "P.A.C.E."

  • Attachment Therapy

  • Experiential Family Therapy

  • Structural Family Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Communication-based Family Therapy

  • Art Therapy activities

  • Play Therapy activities

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