Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)
“Do you have a miniature-sized couch in your office and ask a 6-year-old the meaning of life?” This is the type of question asked when I tell people I specialize in working with young children.
So, what does an actual session look like? Each session is individualized to the child’s developmental age and their needs, while creating and maintaining a safe environment. I use a strengths-based approach that is client-centered and follows the child’s lead. Play and creative arts are often incorporated when we meet. This includes dolls, puppets, reading books, drawing, painting, and other expressive activities. Therapy shouldn’t feel or look like “therapy” for children. They shouldn’t feel scared to come to the office. My goal is to create an environment where your child is happy to explore, play, learn, talk, and grow.
I have spent the last 10 years working for and with children, families, teachers, and staff in educational and home settings. I have helped children and adults cope with trauma, life transitions, bereavement, chronic illness, emotion-regulation, and social-emotional skill learning. I have also extensively worked with teachers as they’ve experienced burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue.
I’ve seen the importance of maternal mental health in my work with families. The pre-and peri-natal period can bring moments of joy and new beginnings, and at times, feelings of loss, anxiety, or depression. It’s my intention to help clients explore these pregnancy transitions and difficult experiences together.
There are times when we feel like we can use extra support in life. Children may feel vulnerable and need their caring adult to help them find this support. For adults, that can come in the form of reaching out to a friend or asking for guidance from a colleague. We don’t always seek support because we feel shame, are too nervous, or are worried about what others might think. Talking to someone outside of your circle, in a non-judgmental environment, can often relieve some of that stress. If you’re looking for someone to work through life’s process, take the next step, and call or email for an appointment!
Sometimes the best we can do, is to just show up.