Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Play Therapist, Certified Adoption Therapist
I help parents and kids feel more connected. Specializing in play therapy, parenting and adoption.
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2008
Our earliest relationships help construct a map for how we expect future relationships to unfold. Our sense of safety--both internal and shared--has its roots in how we were parented. All of this is changeable, as our brains grow and change for our whole lives; the greatest factor of influence is how and with whom we connect. That's attachment: Getting our needs met, in a dance with others.
I'm certified in therapy with foster & adoptive families. My experience includes supporting early trauma, attachment, grief & loss, child development, and complex family stories. I'm familiar with all types of adoption, often work with prospective adoptive parents, support transracial families, provide search & reunion support, and help navigate post-adoption resources in private sessions & groups
I help parents understand how attachment dynamics and stress can fuel the unworkable behaviors you're seeing. We may explore a new approach to setting limits, reworking expectations, or tools for building more connection into your family. I'm a Hand in Hand Parenting group leader. I offer parent coaching, parent-child sessions, and parent peer support groups.
Kids who come to see me often learn how to tame big feelings, make sense of their experiences--even hard ones, increase resilience, and learn new ways to express needs. I use play therapy, family sessions, and art materials to help kids build skills, develop new perspective, and feel understood by the people they love. I especially enjoy working with kids 3-12.
Much of my work with kids is around transitions: Adoption, losing a pet, new school, moving. I support kids who've lost a parent or sibling, whether they've died or otherwise gone away, and help them make sense of the big changes in their life and family. I have experience with adoption search & reunion, planning birth country trips, talking about donors and surrogacy, or prep for an expected loss
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