Hello! I help children and parents to strengthen their connection thru Play Therapy an I give tools to young adults to decrease anxiety.
Counselor in Auburn, WA
It starts like this: your chest is pounding, it's hard to breath, you are constantly worried, tense, and a feeling of impending doom takes over you. You feel scared, lost, and probably think it will never get better. BUT, there is relief! You don't have to feel anxious all the time. I can help you find peace and calm on your body by holding space to get to the root of your anxiety. I'll provide you with evidence-based tools to decrease these uncomfortable sensations and increase resilience.
Being a teenager in this modern world is challenging to say the least. Teens are in a quest trying to find out who they are, their likes and dislikes, their strengthens and limits, all the while having to navigate new responsibilities at home and school, pressure from society and friends, as well as having to transition into adulthood. I help adolescents to hold space to explore their most deep and troubling fears, anxiety, sadness in order to discover their true potential and who they are.
Children often are not developmentally able to put into words what is troubling them. Instead, their struggle often presents by tantrums, acting out, crying, whining, sleep issues, somatic complains, clingyness, anger outbursts, to name a few. Childhood is not supposed to be this constant struggle! In my career, I use developmentally appropriate ways of helping children regulate and parent-child feel connected again, including Play and Sandtray Therapy while incorporating latest brain science.
As a Registered Play Therapist, I am trained in translating the language of children, PLAY. I offer a carefully selected variety of toys to aid children in communicating and expressing their emotions and needs in order to decrease challenging behaviors. I provide a caring, safe, and non-judgmental space in order to help them learn how to co-regulate so they can learn better ways to express themselves. I provide Parenting Support to aid in strengthening Parent-Child connection.
I have received training in DBT skills to inform my practice with teens and adults who struggle with managing challenging emotions . I work by weaving DBT skills into my practice to assist clients in grounding themselves when emotions become too challenging to handle thru Emotional Regulation skills, being in the moment by implementing Mindfulness skills, developing healthy boundaries by implementing Interpersonal Effectiveness skills, and increasing their Tolerance to Distressful situations.
Feeling safe in a therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of your healing process. I proudly ground my therapeutic work on what is proven to work from a brain science perspective. I'll help you understand what is happening in your brain and body when you feel emotionally dysregulated, anxious, and depressed. We will address what's going on your brain when you are feeling this way and use your body's wisdom to reconnect with you body to find relief.