I try to help each client and family in an individualized fashion. Every person has different strengths, struggles and goals. No one is a diagnosis. I am flexible with my therapeutic style, allowing the client to drive the session while offering feedback, guidance, and the occasional push towards those “ah-ha” moments.
Children & Adolescents
Children and adolescents are growing up in a stress filled culture. It’s important for them to develop skills to deal with stress and to learn and grow within a nurturing system of support, boundaries and self-esteem. Children and adolescents need to find their voices and express themselves in a way in which they feel heard. Art therapy is one method that children and adolescents can use to discover this voice and share about worries, trauma, social challenges and family transitions. Art is also a method to celebrate successes and elaborate on emotions. In addition to art therapy, play therapy and talk therapy can be used to build a therapeutic relationship and skill building. Feedback from family members and family sessions are crucial in order to address concerns in the home, school and community and to encourage increased awareness of the child or adolescent’s needs.
Families & Couples
The family systems in which we grow and live each play a role in our daily interactions. Families and couples deal with challenges in different ways, learning how to navigate these challenges in both healthy and unhealthy fashions. Therapy is helpful to address family stressors and communication concerns. Family and couples therapy can help individuals feel valued in the family system and to know how to better understand and validate the needs of one another. If called for, art can be a tool to highlight family patterns or illustrate problem solving techniques.
We all go through times of transition and stress. The human experience can be deepened when one stops for an hour a week to delve further into understanding the motivation behind our actions, the perceived meaning of our feelings, and the drive underlying our relationships. It’s not easy being an adult and at times sharing this experience enables one to deal with problems and gain insight. The therapeutic relationship can be a safe, nonjudgemental setting in which to express concerns and feelings.