I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in the treatment of children and teens. Trauma, self-injurious behaviors, and many other behavioral and emotional disorders are areas that I have experience and training. My 18+ years of counseling experience in outpatient mental health centers, school settings, and residential treatment centers have given me a broad range of treating kids in a variety of environments, cultures and backgrounds.
Children nowadays are experiencing unbelievable pressures that can result in changes in mood, behavior and relationships. Sometimes in the journey of raising healthy kids, it helps to know that you aren’t alone when feeling overwhelmed and that professional help is available that will support your values and faith when problems arise. My counseling approach is from the perspective of the whole child which includes the biological, social, developmental, environmental and spiritual aspects. I utilize therapeutic techniques and tools that are evidence based and biblically sound. I also utilize many creative modalities for children involving play, art, and activity that are natural and fun for them. Collaboration with parents is an essential part of the therapy process. They are kept informed of the skills and strategies for enhancing relationships, changing behaviors and regulating emotions.
My personal experience as a wife of 25+ years, mother, and follower of Christ has given me first-hand experience at coping with multiple relocations, living overseas, and other life transitions. I have learned that life is forever changing, but the foundations that build healthy families remain constant. Helping you and your child build a healthy family and thrive in this crazy life, is something I consider a great joy and privilege to be able to do with you.