I work with individuals and families. I began my career in addictions and support the 12 step program. Then, I moved into eating disorders. Later, my practice expanded to child, family, and adult therapy. As a child and family therapist, I developed seminars in Divorce and parenting. 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 the great experience of 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 lead a life that is worth celebrating. 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.
I also have social skills programs for girls and boys, and parenting seminars for parents. I also encourage some to utilize and purchase The Listening Program. This program is a miracle and well worth the price (see The Listening Program) I also provide in-home consultation and training in The DIR-Floortime Model and have been trained through The Play Project to provide intensive treatment for those individuals with autism spectrum disorders and ADD. I am currently in the process of getting certified in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.