My first goal is to begin establishing a trustworthy, collaborative, and supportive bond with the client.  This allows me to fully understand their unique story and how I can be most helpful.  I genuinely enjoy the individualistic nature of therapy and appreciate that we all work at varying paces and see the world through different lenses.  My favorite aspects, however, are my clients’ gains, both big and small, and the evolution of my relationships with them.  I work with individuals as young as 5 through adulthood.  

Weightlifting superhero boyCHILDREN: I work at each child’s pace and cater to their developmental level. For younger children, this may involve using games, visuals, or role-play to engage them and make them feel comfortable. Parents and caregivers are often included in the process to help children implement the skills they learn in therapy.School friends

ADOLESCENTS: When working with older children and adolescents, I empower them to take an active role in treatment and to identify the ways in which they can improve their own situations.  This
allows them to draw conclusions and make decisions independently, while under the guidance of someone who has their best interest in mind.  Additionally, I encourage them to consider the perspectives of others, which increases their self-awareness and deepens their understanding of interpersonal relationships.

ADULTS: I help adults understand the connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  We work collaboratively to identify the thoughts and behaviors that may be hindering progress or relationships.  Then, we replace these maladaptive thoughts and behaviors with more effective ones.  This process may involve learning relaxation, communication, self care, and/or problem-solving techniques.  

Frequent areas of focus:

  • ADHD
  • Aggression
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Executive dysfunction
  • Family conflict
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Parenting skills
  • Peer conflict
  • School related difficulties
  • Social skills weaknesses
  • Stress management