The childhood and teenage years are seasons of life marked by rapid and sometimes overwhelming change. Children often experience difficulty in traversing both daily life transitions, as well as transitions unique to their experience – such as divorce, loss, moving, blending families, etc. Teens experience an enormous amount of pressure, mixed messages, and challenges as they move throughout life and seek to find their place in this world. Throughout both of these periods in a person’s life, having a safe place to process, share, and explore is key to healthy development.
When working with children:
I seek to provide a space that is welcoming, safe, supportive, formative, and fun. Through the use of an integrated approach to therapy, I support each child in processing their emotions, experiences, and story, in order to help them integrate both positive and challenging pieces of their journey into a congruent and healthy sense of self. I believe that children thrive when they feel seen, safe, and secure within relationships with caregivers – which is why I focus on not only creating that space for children within the therapy room but also within relationships with their primary caregivers, both inside and outside of therapy.
When working with teens:
I seek to create an atmosphere where honesty is championed, creativity is celebrated, and exploration and discovery are fostered. I help teens not only process their life experience, but also develop a healthy, integrated, and balanced understanding of their story and themselves. Navigating the teenage years can often feel isolating, unique, and incredibly scary – having a place where teens can share openly, process, and experience acceptance of their whole selves can help ease this difficult life transition. I believe that teens thrive when they feel seen, accepted, and supported within relationships with caregivers – which is why I focus on not only creating that space for teens within the therapy room but also within relationships with their primary caregivers, both inside and outside of therapy.