I specialize in play therapy and have training to work with children of all ages. Play is a child's natural language and allows them to express emotions that they are not yet able to verbalize. When possible, I believe in involving caregivers in the process and teaching them to be co-therapists with me. Some specialized therapies include:
Theraplay: An attachment-based, dyadic therapy for ages zero and up that strengthens the parent-child bond through the use of structured play activities. Theraplay also helps to improve regulation, impulse control, and self-confidence.
AutPlay: An integrative family play therapy approach that targets mental health needs of neurodivergent children ages three to eighteen. This therapy is appropriate for autistic children, children with ADHD, social anxiety, sensory issues, and developmental or physical disabilities.
The transition into adolescence is an exciting time, but it can be difficult for teens and parents to adjust to this newfound independence. This is a pivotal time in development and having someone outside of the family to join in the journey can help with adjustment to this new stage. As the therapist, I strive to create a safe space for teens to work through challenges in a non-judgmental environment and provide support that facilitates empowerment.
Let's face it, life is hard. Just when we think we have it all figured out, here comes a curve ball. I have found that so many of us believe we are all alone in our struggles, but the truth is we are all much more alike than we are different. We don't have to face life alone and it's ok to sometimes not be ok. As a therapist, my approach is to provide a safe, comfortable environment in which you can do hard things.