There's something about the honesty in the playfulness
of children that brings out the best in all of us.
Leveraging brain science, practical strategies, play therapy and a little humor, I'm able to build the trust needed to repair and grow healthy relationships for kids, teens and their parents.
I believe that integrating play is a vital part of life for everyone, no matter the age. Play can help create healthier relationships, relieve stress, and bring more joy to life. It's been a huge part of my life since I was a little one, and I try to include a little play into each day myself. Some of my favorite ways to play include bike riding, board games, trivia, yoga, and any activity at the beach (paddle-boarding is my current favorite).
In our work together, we will problem-solve, learn, laugh and probably cry a little too; all to help kids, teens and their parents find their center, and become happier, calmer and more confident.
From preschool to high school
It’s a journey. When parents do the work there is quicker, more effective, real and lasting change. When we combine your expertise as the parent and my expertise in relationship-building and communication, that's where the magic happens: peace, joy and confidence. By meeting parents where they are, I’m able give them the tangible tools they need to connect and deepen their relationships with their kids and find a happier, healthier way of communicating. Parent coaching is typically a quicker, longer-lasting and more effective route to a more peaceful home life with your kids.
Tame temper tantrums without losing your cool
Establish new systems, routines, and expectations
Make homework less of a battle
Understand child development and how to use that in parenting
Communicate more effectively with your child--at any age
Navigate parenting through a divorce or remarriage
Advocate for your child in the school setting
Manage and prevent sibling rivalry
Have tough conversations with your kids and teens: sex, drugs, friendships
Support your child through anxiety and worries
COACHING SERIES TOPICS
Establish family vision, establish routines throughout the day, create and manage chores and responsibilities, basics of co-regulation, choice language, limit setting language.
TAMING TEMPER TANTRUMS
Identifying triggers/needs, understand developmentally appropriate expectations, deep dive into co-regulation, choice language, limit setting language, connecting with your child through play.
PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD
Identifying triggers and accommodations, understand developmentally appropriate expectations, deep dive into co-regulation, choice language, limit setting language, connecting with your child through play.
THRIVING THROUGH THE TEEN YEARS
Better understand developmental expectations and how to support independence, maintain stability through emotional roller coasters, learn communication and problem-solving skills that work to deepen your relationship with your teen, establish systems and expectations to help decrease nagging and arguing, navigate tough conversations (sex, drugs, and rock & roll).
To create a customized series tailored to your specific needs, contact me!
Children 3 and up, teens, parents
Play Therapy is a research-based, developmentally appropriate way for children to work through feelings and problems they are experiencing. Because children may not have the verbal language to express themselves and process their experiences, play therapy provides an opportunity for them to communicate without words.
Research has shown us that children communicate, grow, learn, and heal through play. Play therapy creates a safe place for kids to process through stressful situations and learn new strategies for coping.
For children, a safe place is created through play therapy. For adolescents and parents, traditional talk therapy is combined with creative interventions. Whether counseling is focused on one person or the family as a whole, I make sure to provide the support you need.
Grief and Loss
Divorce and Family Transitions
Career and Life Planning
Uses the child's natural language of play
Enhances self-esteem, self-regulation and self-efficacy
Learns to experience and express emotions
Develops new social skills and relational skills with family
Cultivates empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
Creates new ways to solve problems and resolve conflicts
Being a teenager is an exciting and turbulent time of change and growth. The transition from being a child to being a young adult is tough on a lot of levels. I help parents understand developmental expectations and how to support independence. Parents gain critical communication and problem-solving skills that help to deepen their relationsihps with their teens. Establishing daily systems and expectations help to reduce unpleasant nagging and arguing and increase affinity and trust. Teens learn how to communicate more effectively, manage their ever-changing emotions, and better understand themselves to successfully navigate their transition into adulthood.
For other mental health professionals, clinical supervision is a valuable addition to help you practice more confidently and ethically. You may be on your way to licensure or adding the RPT credential. I provide supervision for those seeking licensure in Florida and Georgia or the RPT credential world-wide.
I want you supervision to be what you need. We will integrate client consultation, weaving theory into practice, maintaining ethical boundaries, and self care to help you grow as a clinician.
Play Therapy Supervision Internationally (Online or in person)