I use evidence-based & neurobiologically informed principles to help kids, teens, & families grow to be the best version of themselves.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
I have a certificate in Play Therapy and believe strongly in the power of play. Play is a child’s natural language. Using Play Therapy provides a therapeutic approach that is child-centered and evidence based. It helps children process a variety issues from anxiety, traumatic experiences, social difficulties, life changes and many more issues. Through attuning with the child the therapist builds trust, helps with social and emotional regulation and improves communication skills.
Being a teen can be stressful. So many things going on that may feel uncomfortable or tricky to talk about with parents, or even close friends. Issues that can arise in teen counseling include depression, anxiety, feelings of social isolation, gender or sexual identity questions, substance use, low self-esteem, and school related stress. These may not be things that teens feel comfortable addressing with a parent, friend, or teacher. That’s what I am here for.
Parenting is no joke. They don’t offer a manual on how to raise children. I can offer support for parents and caregivers feeling stuck during various stages of raising children. Young children running you ragged? I can help with that. Struggling with communication due to varying neurotypes in your household? Let’s talk. Teens struggling with identity issues and you’re feeling shut out? I’ve got your covered! I also provide family therapy.
When it comes to working with children I typically utilize Child-Centered Play Therapy. Play is a child’s natural language. Using Play Therapy provides a therapeutic approach that is child-centered & evidence based. It helps children process a variety issues from anxiety, traumatic experiences, social difficulties, life changes & many more issues. Through attuning with the child the therapist builds trust, helps with social and emotional regulation and improves communication skills.
Family therapy can be extremely beneficial if communication is out of sync in your system. The goal of family therapy is to help create better understanding, improve communication, and foster a higher functioning home environment. Utilizing a systemic lens I view what's going on in your family as a whole system rather than it's individual parts. We collaborate to figure out how get your system working in a way that is healthy for you and your whole family.
When taking a person-centered approach with clients it means I look at each client with unconditional positive regard. Empathy is key, I don't believe humans are inherently flawed, I believe each person has the potential for growth and change. Sometimes we as humans need someone to help guide, empathize and create a sense of structure to help one discover their own solutions towards transformation. Collaboration is key.
I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community. I have specific training in working with trans children and teens. I utilize unconditional positive regard/person-centered therapy while supporting LGBTQ+ clients and their families. I am an experienced parent coach/therapist, helping parents find best practices for supporting their child/teen in all areas regarding gender and sexuality.