I specialize in supporting Highly Sensitive Children (HSCs) and teens battling 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.
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 Virginia and Maryland therapist graduates (Resident in Counseling and LGPC’s) and play therapy/trauma consultation to LPC/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.
I am currently in the process of training my 3 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.