I have an extensive background working with children and adolescents in hospitals, schools, clinics, and private practice.
During the past 10 years, I have worked in education, both at a private school for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, and several public schools. For the past 6 years, I worked as a school psychologist. My work includes evaluating children to determine ways to support their learning. This could involve building-level support, individualized educational plans (IEP's), and 504 plans.
I have a keen insight into child development. During the early years, children need much nurturing and support to promote positive development. Counseling can provide an outlet for children to grow.
I use play therapy and traditional therapy to help young children express their emotions, including frustration, sadness, and anger. I help them name their emotions and identify positive thoughts and actions.
I use the CBT approach with adolescents to help them manage uncomfortable thoughts and behaviors. Sometimes adolescents may engage in self-harming behavior or substance abuse as a way to cope with their feelings. I’ve had much success helping adolescents challenge negative thoughts and apply positive coping strategies.
I take the time to understand children and their needs. For a child or adolescent, the world can be a "scary" and overwhelming place, mixed with a swirl of emotions. Talking to a counselor can help a child feel heard, validated, and less alone.
I will take the time to understand your child’s needs. My goal is to help your child feel validated, and achieve their goals.
I believe children and adolescents benefit from a team approach. Families are encouraged to join in the counseling process. I am also happy to collaborate with school-based support teams.