Due to social distancing I am unable to work with children under the age of 12 because I cannot offer play therapy. I continue to work with children 12 and up.
The success of psychotherapy is based on the therapeutic relationship between clinician and client. Social work is unique because it emphasizes the need to understand you as whole person and “meet you where you are at.” This means that if you are leaving a marriage, struggling with mental illness, feeling unsuccessful in your career, trying to integrate your gender or sexual identity with your family’s expectations – or some combination of factors – we start our work together exactly where you now. Together we identify your goals, your challenges, your supports and we examine what has or hasn’t worked for you.
In the beginning of our therapeutic relationship we take time to understand what grows in your emotional garden. Is it full of thistles of regret? Has it become overgrown with despair? Is there so much anxiety that nothing you plant can take hold? If so, we trace the roots of these feelings in order to eliminate them. Maybe your parents or society gave you negative messages that you have internalized. Perhaps you find yourself in an unhealthy pattern of dating people who take you for granted or abuse you. It is possible your coping skills are insufficient or unhealthy.
From a neurological perspective our behavior is coded in neural networks; commonly referred to as, “What fires together wires together.” These hard-wired patterns keep the thistles and thorns in place. Our goal is to transform these patterns so you can grow what you desire: hope, joy, confidence, clarity. I also am trained in Brainspotting, an evidence based intervention that allows us to tap into the amygdala to make lasting change.
Behavior and Play Therapy for Children
Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
is closer than you think.