I view therapy as an opportunity to better understand oneself, while working towards desired change. Life is full of challenges related to family dynamics, parenting, relationships, multiculturalism and navigating transitions through new life stages. I am dedicated to understanding the experience of each one of my clients, and in contexts that are most relevant to them, such as position within a family, identity as a parent, or role as a partner in a relationship. I will start by learning about your current experience, so that I can begin to understand what it’s like to be you in present time. At stages throughout treatment, we may explore your family of origin, your past roles in intimate relationships, and the steps along the way that have established the narrative you identify with now.
I arrived at the decision to pursue this profession after 12 years teaching elementary school, working closely with school-age children and their families. My most meaningful moments were meeting with parents to learn more about their children. I engage children in individual play therapy, and also meet with parents and other family members so we can work together as a team while keeping your child at the center. I am also passionate about supporting adults with their own parenting struggles related to setting limits at home, school problems, navigating adolescence and, divorce/separation.
I received my M.A in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute, and worked as a school counselor during the second year of the program with school-age children and adolescents. I feel great compassion for children and their families throughout the journey of school. I am willing and ready to connect with teachers to make accommodations in the classroom, and to develop a more full understanding of your child.
It is important to me that we are the right fit for each other. I have been described as a welcoming, attentive listening therapist, who makes room for clients to be their full, authentic selves without judgement. Please contact me to setup an appointment if you think we might be a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you!
Masters in Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute
Masters in Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Grand Canyon University
Teaching Credential, Colorado College
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT registration number pending).
Supervised By Sheila Matz, #LCSW #24196