Kids and Teens
In Touch with Youth
What is a top value for kids and youth relating with adults and each other? Genuine relationships with those who care. As a parent, therapist, and mental health advocate for kids and youth, I know that curiosity, responsiveness and genuine care are essential for effective work with kids and youth. These are also qualities I strive to bring to my work with people of all ages.
In addition to my role as a therapist working with kids, I am a mental health educator on youth issues and a parent myself. I bring a supportive educational perspective to parents who want to understand more deeply what their child is going through. Using somatic and other resources like EMDR*, I team up with parents to find additional ways to support their child.
Teens and Transition Aged Youth
A long transition between childhood and adult life, adolescence and young adulthood are challenging and exciting times. With developmental and social forces presenting ups and downs on a daily basis, young people (and their adults!) can find themselves stressed and confused. Closeness with families can feel confining, while independence can become too overwhelming.
Many young people desire support from a non-judgmental ally who listens well, "gets" what they're feeling, and can help discover new solutions and internal resources without being pushy. I strive to help kids, youth and parents feel heard, connect better, and get over the rough spots to build more satisfying relationships.
Depending on their needs, youth may also benefit from Brainspotting, EMDR* and AF-EMDR**. As with each adult, sessions are tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Many youth feel excited to transform patterns that are getting in the way of their success. From transforming problematic homework patterns, increasing self-confidence around peers, easing parent-child conflict triggers, to helping teens heal from trauma, Brainspotting, EMDR and AF-EMDR can be a great choice for additional support.
All children go through difficult times in life such as parents divorcing, social challenges and other adjustments at home or school. Since play is a natural form of expression for children, Play Therapy is an effective way for kids to communicate their feelings, work through social and personal problems, and feel greater self-esteem and personal empowerment. Along with play therapy, kids may also benefit from Brainspotting or a modified form of EMDR* or AF-EMDR** that helps them heal traumatic experiences.
Fun Yet Effective
Using games of all kinds, imaginative play, movement and sound, play therapy often looks like "having fun"--not the "hard work" associated with therapy. While Play Therapy is fun and spontaneous, it can also support clients in surprisingly powerful ways. While most frequently used by child clients, everyone can benefit from play therapy. Play is a great way to tap into vitality and create useful tools for living!
* Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
** Attachment-Focused Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing