My Areas of Interest:
It has been my pleasure to work with a wide range of people over the course of my training and career thus far in a state hospital for children, a multispecialty physician’s group, developmental pediatrics, and community mental health agencies. I have spent a great deal of time working with children, adolescents, and adults who have faced significant challenges due to traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, and a variety or behavioral difficulties. In addition, I enjoy and have experience working with people who are trying to further understand or help those around them understand their identity especially those within the LGBTQ community and those who may be experiencing racial identity issues. I have extensive experience working with parents on ways to incorporate positive parenting practices into their daily lives as I know it can be difficult to balance the demands of one’s life as an adult with the demands that often present when parenting a child with unique needs. Helping families identify and address barriers that may prevent them from having bonding experiences with one another is an integral part of my work with not only those who desire family therapy but also those in individual therapy who feel they would benefit from understanding past or current dynamics that may contribute to their life challenges. I also have a unique understanding of children and families who have come together through adoption or are currently in the foster care system.
My Style and Approach to Therapy:
I practice under an overarching humanistic perspective which means that I believe each person is unique and should be treated as such. When someone enters the therapeutic relationship with me, they can expect to feel a sense of unconditional acceptance, understanding about where they are at in life, and a partner in their journey to meet their personal goals for change. While my overarching perspective is humanistic, I feel it is extremely important to integrate various forms of evidence based intervention into one’s treatment based on individual needs. As such, one must examine both the internal (biological, thinking patterns, etc) and external factors (environment, experiences, etc) within a person’s world to truly understand how to pursue treatment. Taking these factors into consideration, I am able to work with each person to create a plan that includes facets of various forms of evidence based treatment. When working with people who have experienced early life trauma and/or neglect, I also utilize the Neurosequential Model and attachment theory to help the person and/or families understand the impact these experiences can have on brain functioning so that a developmentally sensitive and holistic treatment plan can be created.