My Work with Clients

I typically take a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy, because I believe clients are the experts of their own lives and need mostly support and guidance from therapists in order to confidently lead their lives. When needed, I do pull in techniques from more directive approaches in order to gently confront faulty ways of thinking, or teach new ways of coping. With me, therapy is collaborative and moves at a pace that is comfortable for clients. I also like to add in humor and engaging activities when appropriate, because I think we learn best when we’re truly interested and involved in the process. Therapy works by helping us understand ourselves better, stop destructive patterns, and improve our relationships.

Services I offer:

Child and Adolescent Counseling

I work with children ranging in age from 3 to 17. Children are given the space to be themselves in a warm, accepting, and judgment-free environment. I use gentle and age-appropriate techniques, such as play therapy, in order to help children express their feelings and experiences in a more comfortable way. I can help children with a variety of issues, including:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Body-focused repetitive behaviors (ex: pulling hair, biting nails, or picking at skin)
  • Depression
  • Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or assault
  • Life transitions (ex: divorce, move, birth of new sibling)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma

Adult Counseling

I see young adults from 18 to 30. Therapy is tailored to the adult client’s needs. I use traditional “talk therapy,” and also bring in some creative techniques, such as art or writing exercises, to help clients gain a different understanding of themselves and their problems. I can help adults with a variety of issues, including:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or assault
  • Life transitions (ex: divorce/separation, move to new city, change in job)
  • Relationship concerns
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Self-exploration
  • Trauma

Parenting

Parenting comes with many joys, but can be a confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming experience at times. I work with parents to not only provide specific tools for managing behavior, but to also help strengthen the parent-child bond. I am trained in two parenting curriculums: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, and Positive Discipline, and I provide training in both group and individual formats for a variety of issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Communication
  • Co-parenting
  • Discipline strategies
  • Limit-setting
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Power struggles
  • Tantrums