Working to support children, and adults to find the resources hidden within. Walking on the path to a more balanced and connected life.
Counselor in San Diego, CA
I believe that humor and joy and natural excitement have the place in the therapy room. It’s my duty to be my most authentic self as a therapist. I genuinely enjoy playing with children. I will follow your child’s lead in the beginning of our time, and move to more directive work as we get to know each other. Learning self acceptance, connecting to all parts of the self, recovering from mistakes, appropriate expression of emotions, and learning skills to manage mood and behavior.
Anxiety is a double edge sword. A little can fuel motivation. Too much and we become frozen with indecision and fear. Anxiety causes the mind to race and the body to shut down. Often the thought turn to the future, imagining the worst, or linger on the past and what we could do differently. In therapy we begin to understand what anxiety is. Learning to identify what does not serve us, letting it go, and replacing with balance is an important part of creating a new way of managing struggles.
Children on the Autism Spectrum have a unique challenges. As they grows they can begin to notice they march to a different beat, feel outside of the group, and wonder "Is there something wrong with me?" This feeling of isolation and "other-ness" can lead to depression, lack of confidence, negative thoughts about the self, and fears of rejection from peers. Because of this I believe that people who have unique ways of experiencing the world need support in connecting to themselves with love.
As humans we are hard wired to connect with others. Our ancestors would have failed if they did not have a biological drive to join together, to love others and be loved. Our early experiences shape what we think about ourselves, other people and the world around us. When there is an disruption to the natural attachment process pain, anger, destructive behavior, and withdrawing from connection can result. In therapy we help you reconnect with yourself and others. Healing wounds of the past
I get on the child’s level and we play. I believe that humor and joy and natural excitement have the place in the therapy room. It’s my duty to be my most authentic self as a therapist. I genuinely enjoy playing with children. I will follow your child’s lead in the beginning of our time, and move to more directive work as we get to know each other. I help them to accept the rejected parts of themselves. I will support your child as they return to their natural state of balance and happiness.
I feel drawn to the following treatment models that I use in therapy: Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Adlerian Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Positive Psychology, Positive Discipline (Jane Nelson), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe that working in therapy is interactive and changing. I remain current in my training and am evolving as a therapist