About My Clients
Children are built to connectIon. I working with children who have anxiety, social anxiety, and emotional distress. When a child has behavior or mood that is new, extreme and cause for concern this is a sign that something is out of balance. The child is trying to meet a need. Parents often feel worried and unsure how to help. This is why child therapy includes the family. As a therapist I will join with you in helping you to gain greater insight and perspective on your child.
My Background and Approach
Children are built to connect. They are constantly learning who they are and what the world is like by watching, experiencing, and deciding. Children are born with all the potential to express emotions, relate to those around them, and to find balance when challenges come. When a child is out of touch with parts of the self, they may withdraw, become disruptive, or changed mood or actions. Children work out their emotions in the play space. Use of imaginative play, drawing about their life/emotions, learning about emotions and thoughts, therapeutic game play, and story telling. I believe that humor and joy and natural excitement have the place in the therapy room and helping the child reconnect with parts of themself that are shut down. I will follow your child’s lead in the beginning, moving to more directive work as we get to know each other: helping them accept the rejected parts of themselves, how to recover from mistakes, and practicing skills to manage mood and behavior.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
We are all connected, and being out of connection is painful. I spent many years either avoiding past hurt, running away from my inner voice, and focusing on superficial goals. When I began to listen to my inner voice, I realized I had a need to help my fellow travelers who are in pain. I have helped people in many different settings. Each experience broadened my understanding of the human experience and built in my a sense of connection and caring for all of humanity. The different experiences gave me the opportunity to know all kinds of people, learning to appreciate the unique gifts of each one. Being a preschool teacher taught me the importance of emotional connection. People with development disabilities gave me the gift of the present moment and finding perfection in simple things. Persons on the autism spectrum gave me an appreciation for my senses and being attuned to those around me. My work as a parent educator gave me compassion for the daily struggles families face.