Counseling for Kids

Most people contact me in the midst of a crisis with their child.  I am happy to jump on board and work collaboratively with parents, caregivers, grandparents, and foster parents.

A child only heals within relationships.  All who are involved must be willing to work together to identify the needs of the child, learn more about family dynamics, and create a plan that meets the needs of the entire family unit.

I may be a good fit for your family if your child has any of the following:

  • lying, stealing, defiance
  • inattention
  • emotional regulation or explosive behaviors
  • school troubles and/or friendship/peers problems
  • sleeping or eating difficulties
  • depression or anxiety
  • suicidal ideation or self-harming
  • trauma/abuse/neglect
  • adoption adjustment or attachment issues

Counseling for Adults

Many adults seek out counseling because something in their lives is not going right.  I work with adults who are motivated to get to the root of the issue and willing to take a look inward.  

I will never take a client where I am not willing to go myself.  

Although I have not walked a mile in your shoes, I have sat on the other side of therapy, working through my issues and talking to a stranger.

I hold deep admiration for those willing to open up and work on their inner selves.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. -taken from www.emdria.org

I am trained in EMDR and use this often with kids and adults to alleviate stress symptoms.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Duke, my fabulous yellow lab, often comes to therapy with me.  We are a registered Animal Assisted Therapy Team (Pet Partners #33909).  Animal Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. -taken from www.petpartners.org