Kids, Teens, &
I have a soft spot for children and adolescents. Their hope and ability to implement change is something that we adults can learn from. I have found that children and adolescents are quicker to take direction and make changes. I feel honored that parents trust me to help educate and guide their young one in a way that can benefit them for the rest of their life.
Special Needs/Neurodivergent Population
I obtained many of my intern hours doing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), particularly providing Positive Behavior Support (PBS). This gave me intensive training in working with children and adults with various levels of ability, including those diagnosed with autism. Through this work I excelled in providing behavioral therapy, as well as educating parents and caregivers in how to best provide support for the individuals that they care for. This knowledge inspired my passion for working with families of those with special needs.
I have observed and participated in seeking to minimize and gain control of the challenges that many families face, whether their loved one is newly diagnosed or experiencing new challenges.
I enjoy working with children, particularly when the parents are invested in learning techniques to support their child. I am very creative and can spontaneously come up with play-therapy techniques to be done via video to best address whatever challenges a parent or child would like to focus on in the moment. I have experience leading parenting classes, and am happy to share much of the research and wisdom that I have learned along the way.
I advocate for every adolescent to participate in therapy at some point before they enter adulthood. Adolescents often strive to be heard, and do not always have the skills needed to communicate their feelings. Adolescents can benefit from learning what triggers them and how to put coping skills into practice when they feel triggered. Whether it be for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any problem that they experience, I find adolescents to be highly motivated and eager to do the work.
Family therapy can be extremely beneficial for all members of the family. Often times families face difficult times from external factors or internal struggles. I enjoy working with the family unit in order to identify troublesome behaviors or communication patterns that may have developed. I then help the members learn new patterns of communication and behavior so that they may function in the healthiest way possible and come out of these challenging times stronger than they were before.