My specialties include child and teen anxiety, depression, trauma and behavior problems. I will collaborate with you and your family to provide a personalized treatment plan.
A child’s/teen’s experience of trauma often affects the whole family. We will work together to help you navigate your child’s emotional pain and your own responses to what happened. It is important to know a child may feel traumatized even if their experience was not life threatening. I can help you support your child in processing the situation(s) to help them make sense of the event(s) so that it can become something that happened to them, not something that defines them.
If you’re recently divorced, or in the process of ending your marriage, you may notice your child/teen presenting with any of the behaviors listed above. If you are seeking therapy for your child/teen, it is my role to help him/her manage the emotions that are involved with the divorce and the changes in routine, living arrangement and family relationships that follow suit.
It is not my role to assess or advise on custody arrangements or visitation. I am not trained to evaluate a guardian’s capacity to parent.
I require both custodial parents to be in agreement that their child participate in therapy. If this is not possible, call me for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we are a good fit. Both parents must attend the first appointment. When you attend, please bring a photo of your child, and the most up to date custody agreement.
Does your child refuse to participate in age-appropriate activities? Does your child get frustrated easily? Perhaps he has challenges with transitions or new situations, or it may be that he is struggling with feeling stuck in solving his problems. This likely means your child has a challenge managing his worries.
Teen Anxiety and Depression
Is your teen not the only one in the house feeling “annoyed” lately? Teens often express anxiety and depression through irritability, anger, and a quick temper. This often leaves parents feeling annoyed too! You might even feel like your teen is ungrateful for all that you do for her. We will collaborate to help foster more peace in the house. I balance my blunt, sarcastic personality with a nonjudgmental attitude that is often well received by teens, even when we need to hold them accountable. We will create goals to support your teen in balancing independence with dependence on you as their parent, along with supporting the development of more constructive ways to communicate his/her emotions and needs.
Professional Supervision and Consultation
I provide clinical supervision to Maryland therapist graduates (LGPC’s) and play therapy/trauma consultation to LCPC’s looking to strengthen their skills in a particular area.
Sometimes parents just want a little support in managing a puzzling phase in their child/teen’s life.
Animal-Assisted Therapy…Coming Soon
I am currently in the process of training my 2.5 year old rescue dog, Porter, to be a certified therapy dog. He is naturally engaging with kids and teens in sessions. Porter is a medium-sized long-haired fluff monster (in my clinical opinion). We think he has lab, border collie, flat coat retriever and golden retriever features. Learn more about working with Porter.