Hi! I’m Megghan Thompson!
After serving the local community for the past five year, we decided to close Thompson Child Therapy to fully focus on our international coaching company, Megghan Thompson Coaching. Our parent coaching company helps parents of highly sensitive children and teens eliminate the meltdown/shutdown cycle in as little as 8 weeks.
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You try to reassure your child/teen after he shares his worries with you and sometimes it seems like it backfires! You feel like you missed the mark when you attempted to manage her behavior when she pushes the limits. It is SO FRUSTRATING, and it keeps you up at night.
My team and I can help!
Parents of highly sensitive children need quick, simple steps and much more support than a book or a podcast can provide in order to make lasting change in their families. I started to give them support alongside their child so they could see the work in action. I simplified my process, and sped up the pace for quicker results.
By the end of the third week of our 8-week program you will have implemented specific strategies that can head off the meltdowns BEFORE THEY BEGIN. You will learn the exact phrases to say to your child that can decrease the feeling that you are walking on eggshells. When a child is in therapy, it can take over a year for parents to make the mindset shift for this level of preparation.
The highly sensitive children I work with in my separate private practice business consider me a part of their family, and so do their parents. The kids take my business cards and hand them out to their friends (I also think they secretly collect them). Their parents shout from the rooftops about how I’ve helped them get their lives back. Moms are able to spend ALL DAY READING A BOOK WITH THEIR KIDS IN THE SAME HOUSE! As a parent of a toddler, this is something even I can envy!
Imagine being able to go through the grocery store without an outburst, or take on that challenge at work without fearing your career will be jeopardized for leaving early to tend to your child’s meltdown at school. Consider lying in bed dreaming of the schools you will visit when your child is college-aged, rather than fearing hospital bills for inpatient treatment.
My Clinical Expertise
Alright here comes the professional mumbo jumbo, so you know I’m going to be helpful and that I know what I’m doing: I have specialized training in trauma-focused play therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Sandtray therapy, animal-assisted play therapy, and early childhood development and social skills. Basically what that means is that I know how to help hurting children and teens communicate their feelings in a way that helps them feel supported, not rushed, forced or embarrassed.
I have been working with children, teens, and their families in the clinical setting since 2009. (Technically, my first internship in the mental health field was at a residential treatment center for children when I was in high school.) I have prior experience in school and crisis and early intervention community mental health for children and adolescents for the Fairfax County, Virginia Government, as well as treating teen clients and supervising therapists in a comprehensive DBT residential treatment center within the Sheppard Pratt Health System. This means I’ve witnessed chronic explosive emotions first hand, and can understand how challenging it is for you to be effective with your kid. I am a Registered Supervisor in the state of Maryland.
I earned my Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from The George Washington University in 2009, and became licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia in 2013. I moved to Maryland in 2014 and am also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Human Services at Villanova University in 2007.
As a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), I use specialized toys and art supplies to engage your child in expressing their emotions in a way that makes them feel more comfortable and accurate than “talk therapy”.
More About Me
I grew up in New England, spending my summers at the beach. When I’m not working I can be found walking my dog Porter (who is in training to be a therapy dog and comes to work twice a week), teaching Zumba, or out on adventures with my growing family. I am also constantly reading, and dreaming up the next time I can put my toes in the sand.