Child, Teen & Family Therapy
I help familes with:
• Anxiety & Depression
• Trauma, Grief and Loss
• The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach
• Interpersonal neurobiology: Our Brains in Relationship
• Behavior management with heart: Balancing Nurture and Structure
• Helping children with cognitive, emotional, or behavioral challenges
• Strength-based, needs-driven support for families dealing with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities
COMPASSION for CHILDREN and PARENTS
In my work with children and their biological, foster, and adoptive families, relationship is central.
We are biologically disposed to connect with one another, but children’s behavior can be confusing, annoying, and frustrating, obscuring that crucial fact. I have come to believe that children, however distressed and distressing they are, are doing the best they can with the tools they’ve got at the moment. It’s our job as parents, caregivers and teachers to figure out what other tools are needed, and provide them. Fortunately, I also believe that parents are doing the best they can with the tools they've got at the moment- there is hope, and help!
I help families to better understand the needs of their children, respecting the unique character of each family member and the circumstances within which problems arise. I can help parents provide the critical balance of nurture and structure to raise successful, confident, caring children, whether the challenges include attachment, anxiety, developmental disorders, or behavioral issues. If you are facing confusion about how to help your children and deepen your relationships at the same time, I can help.
My philosophy about therapy has three basic tenets. First, I want clients to feel accepted, welcome, and heard. Second, I work to help clients improve their own sense of self-worth. Third, I want to help them find their own power and agency to change the parts of their world that they can, while also working to let go of the places that are out of their control.
I like to think of therapy as a practice space for life, so many of the dynamics that cause distress outside the therapy room can be addressed in the therapy room. We can work on new ways to exist in the world, experiment with new perspectives and processes in your life, and continuously readjust our techniques until it fits for you.
My areas of focus include:
I earned my MA in Psychology from Seattle University and a BA in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University.