Play therapy


According to research, only about 20% of children who need therapy receive some form of help, and just 5% receive specialized services. You are here because you realize the time to act is now. You need someone to come along beside you and your child to navigate real world challenges.

I can be that person for you. If you have a child who is 2-18 years old, and you want better for them, whether it is better behavior at school, less anxiety, or even better self-esteem in general, Play Therapy is the way to go.


Play Therapy gets effective results quicker because it uses the natural language of your child. Traditional "talk therapy" simply can't meet them where they are the way Play Therapy does. Parents have noted it seems like magic because of the significant improvements in their child after only a few sessions.

Your child will love coming to therapy and you will love the results! It's time to set your child on a path that will place them ahead of other children. What are you waiting for when the solution is ready for you?

I'm ready to help, easy to find, and here for you.

TREATMENT Styles


Play Therapy

I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor because I believe in the power of play. I use toys, puppets, art, games, music, sandtray, and imaginative play to provide children a safe way to express thoughts and feelings, process issues, and master new skills. My office is an oasis where children and adults may relax and express themselves in a way that is fun and creative.


I believe children and adults expand their self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization, and self-efficacy using play therapy/sandtray techniques. I have served as a clinic coordinator in the past, but choose to focus on my passion for working with children and their parents. I live for the ‘Aha’ moments when everything makes sense and things begin to change. Being a play therapist is really rewarding, plus as I tell people, ‘My work is play.’

Neuroscience

One of the areas of my passion is understanding more about the inner workings of our marvelous minds. One of the growing fields in neuroscience has to do with our minds and a term called neuroplasticity. What I’m talking about describes how experiences reorganize neural pathways in the brain. Our brains have the ability to CHANGE throughout the course of our lives. Changes connected with learning occur mostly at the level of the connections between neurons called the synapse. New connections can form and the internal structure of the existing synapses can change.

Play is an emotionally engaging and creative experience that increases levels of oxytocin. This hormone enhances feelings of emotional well-being and trust, thus supporting the creation of a therapeutic relationship between the child and play therapist. Mirror neurons are also activated in play, helping the therapist accurately read and connect with the child’s emotional state.

Attachment-Based

Attachment-based therapy is a form of therapy that applies to interventions or approaches based on attachment theory, which explains how the relationship a parent has with its child influences development.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Cognitive-based therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking.


The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow form them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.


Family Systems

Family Systems therapists view problems withing the family as the result not of particular family members' behaviors, but of the family's group dynamic. The family is seen as a complex system having its own language, roles, rules, beliefs, needs and patterns.


The therapist helps each individual member understand how their childhood family operated, their role in that system, and how that experience has shaped their role in the current family. Therapists with the MFT credential are usually trained in Family Systems therapy.

Mindfulness-based (MBCT)

For clients with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and other health issues such as anxiety and depression, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT, is a two-part therapy that aims to reduce stress, manage pain, and embrace the freedom to respond to situations by choice.


MCBT blends two disciplines -- cognitive therapy and mindfulness. Mindfulness helps by reflecting on moments and thoughts without passing judgement. MBCT clients pay close attention to their feelings to reach an objective mindset, thus viewing and combating life's unpleasant occurrences.


Multicultural

Multicultural awareness is an understanding and sensitivity of the values, experiences, and lifestyles of minority groups. Differences in race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, are all tackled by Multicultural counseling.


In the counseling setting, the counselor recognizes that the client is different from the counselor and treats the client without forcing the client to be like him or her.

Person-Centered

Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgement and acknowledging the client's experience without moving the conversation in another direction.


The therapist is there to encourage and support the client and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client's process of self-discovery.


Reality Therapy

Reality Therapy is a client-centered form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that focuses on improving present relationships and circumstances, while avoiding discussion of past events. This approach is based on the idea that our most important need is to be loved, to feel that we belong, and that all other basic needs can be satisfied only by building strong connections with others.


Reality Therapy teaches that while we cannot control how we feel, we can control how we think and behave. The goal of reality is to help people take control of improving their own lives by learning to make better choices.

Relational

Relational life therapy offers strategies to combat marital dysfunction and restore harmony in relationships.


Couples -- those recovering from affairs, traumatic events, or a lull in passion -- can find RLT helpful. To repair discord, the therapist identifies the main conflict upsetting the couples' emotional intimacy.


Once the partners see how they both contribute to the problem, the therapist teaches them skills to improve the ways they relate to each other. Couples may see a change in their relationship within three to six months.