Big feelings are part of growing up, but when big feelings lead to challenging behaviors, or when emotions become overwhelming, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Beginning therapy is a big step, and together we can work on managing challenging behaviors, coping with difficult emotions, finding support systems, and processing past experiences. I work with children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 18 and their families. As a therapist, my approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and trauma-informed. I believe that many children learn best by doing, so I often incorporate play, art, games, and real-world practice into therapy. My main theoretical approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which looks at the interplay between our thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as well as the influence of our environment. However, in tailoring therapy to each individual client and family, I may also draw from systems theory, experiential approaches, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and narrative theory. I believe in strong communication between therapists, families, schools, medical providers, and other systems of care. I am certified in trauma-focus cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and believe strongly in being aware of and sensitive to individuals’ trauma histories. I greatly value diversity and am open to treating children, adolescents, and families from a wide variety of backgrounds. You can be sure I will respect your individual story.
My treatment specialties include:
- Neurodiverse conditions*
- School concerns
- Parenting skills
- LGBTQ+ youth
I am excited to meet you and get to work!
*Including ADHD and autism (I do not provide formal autism assessment and diagnosis or work with severe autism)