I work with children, teens, adults, and families. I began my career in addictions and support the 12 step program. Then, I gained training eating disorders and compulsive eating. After that, I was given the opportunity to obtain training in Play Therapy. When my own child was diagnosed with autism, I gained additional training in autism spectrum disorders and parenting the child with special needs. I also work with those with aspergers and PDD. When one has a child with special needs, parenting becomes more complicated. It is not a "one size fits all" approach. When you add divorce/blended families to the equation, it becomes more complicated.
I love working with children and they enjoy seeing me. I believe that children and adolescents should enjoy therapy. When many of the children I see have completed their goals in therapy, they will often ask to return when another issue (bullying, peer pressure, difficulty with social skills, anxiety) appears.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help the person/parents/family find a more fulfilling life. While we can't change difficult situations (autism, aspergers, PDD, anxiety, mood issues, divorce), we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges. With individualized techniques, I help people change long-standing behavior patterns and negative perceptions. I also help the parent to better understand the child, and, especially in divorce, to adjust parenting to fit the needs of the child. Unfortunately, parenting is not a "one size fits all" issue when addressing issues of autism spectrum disorders and mental health issues and divorce.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.