What the healing relationship means...
Like you, when seeking out any health practitioner, I want to have a good sense of what the person is like. How do they interact? What might it be like to work with that person? How will they treat me? While a good provider relationship is always valuable, finding an exceptional connection with the person who is going to share the most important aspects of your personal growth is even more so.
With that in mind, I'd like to give you a snapshot of what you get when we meet. You will be enveloped in a haven of extraordinary personalized support, woven with an abundance of authenticity, compassion, warmth, and connection. Your Whole Self will be given special attention -- mind, physical health, spirit, emotions. You will never find me acting as the expert on your life; instead, we are Partners in the Process. Therapy is really about a learning process, after all. You teach me about you and your life, and I can help you learn how to unlock the tools that already exist inside you, nurture them to life, help heal past hurts, find perspective while in the midst of your current pain, and help cope with all those emotions that tumble down around you. With your expertise on your family, and my years of experience and knowledge, we collaborate together to create the most highly do-able, individualized and creative plan to help you reach your goals.
You may have heard or read about an "integrative therapist" -- one who is adeptat utilizing a diverse variety of therapeutic interventions to help each unique person reach their fullest potential. As an Integrative Practitioner, I utilize this framework, and while it is true that certain types of therapies often work better for some issues than others, my therapeutic approach is truly individualized and highly creative. We will draw from not only what best practices indicate could be helpful for you, but what YOU say might work well for you. Though I may sometimes ask you to reach outside of your comfort zone, the way we walk the therapeutic path will be custom fit for your unique and magnificent self. Often, we combine interventions to create something brand new!
In my work with children, I have been a Play Therapist since 1996. I am the same "me" with your little ones, though slightly sillier and perhaps even more nurturing. It is important to know that child therapy will always include work with a parent or the entire family. Healing a child's heart requires their most loved ones to walk their path with them, so we will do a combination of individual and family work utilizing the most connection-oriented approaches in existence for you and your child. These include Expressive Therapies, Filial Therapy, Connection Parenting, and Child-Parent-Relationship Therapy/Training (CPRT), as well as Contextual Family Therapy, Attachment Family Therapy to name a few. I am especially dedicated to working with children from ages 3-15.
Every family I've worked with, and indeed every person I have ever met, has taught me something that I incorporate into a therapeutic blessing. Simply stated, to share the path with you as you walk through the dark times is my deepest honor.
With a total of over 20 years in the social work profession, I've been providing counseling and therapy since 1994. I have extensive Post Graduate Advanced Training in Play Therapy and Trauma/Loss. My professional background and passion is focused on promoting the emotional and psychological wellness of children, women and families, including such roles and professional positions as:
In addition, I also love to share information and teaching in my specialty areas, and I facilitate trainings on special topics nationally. I am a Master Facilitator and Family Consultant, specializing in workshops about navigating life transitions, emotional health, child and family issues and development, strengths-based education and social skills building, and the art of clinical facilitation.
Therapists often have specialty areas of interest or expertise. When asked how they developed, the best way to describe it is having a natural affinity for working with a certain population or issue. These emerge over time as you discover where you feel most effective and helpful using your therapeutic gifts. With that in mind, I am especially dedicated to the areas of trauma, attachment, infant and child mental health, child/parent relationships across the lifespan, women's mental and emotional wellness, pre/postnatal adjustment and depression, and life transitions/loss. As an active Trainer and Professional Educator, I am also highly invested in teaching and facilitating groups around these same specialties. Within these broader topics are more specific areas of expertise as well, such as emotional trauma, child abuse & neglect, attachment and more.