I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that can lead to healing and a renewed sense of wellness.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St Paul, MN
Anxiety is a common, understandable, and even helpful human emotion. Experiencing high levels of anxiety or anxiety during times when it's not needed can be overwhelming. Having been trained in CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness, I am well-versed in helping individuals manage anxiety and re-establish a sense of well-being.
Working with children and adolescents ages 5-14 is my specialty. Having worked in schools, I am well aware of the myriad concerns kids are experiencing. To reach kids in a developmentally appropriate way, I utilize play and expressive therapies.
Whether working with children or adults, attachment is almost always applicable to the work we're doing. When we feel secure within ourselves, we are better able to relate to others, understand our wants and needs, and make changes that align with our values. I am Level 1 trained in Theraplay, a type of attachment-based caregiver/child interactive therapy. Through directed activities focused on structure, engagement, nurture, and challenge, I help individuals build secure attachments.
There are a variety of therapies that use mindfulness. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of being present, curious, and compassionate with ourselves and our surroundings. Two types of mindfulness I have been trained in are: Mind-Body-Bridging- a type of therapy focused on using mindfulness to recognize and quiet unhelpful thinking patterns. Positive Psychology- a type of therapy focused on helping you enact change by recognizing and honoring your values (what's important to you).
I have been trained in CBT. CBT is a type of behavioral therapy that says: how we think changes how we feel and act. By changing our thinking, we can change how we feel. CBT has been shown to be very effective in treating a variety of concerns. Depending on your needs, I will likely incorporate pieces of CBT into our work. With children, I incorporate elements of CBT into our work through developmentally appropriate, play oriented approaches.
“Toys are children's words and play is their language” — Gary L. Landreth Though play is a universal language, it has been shown to be particularly effective in treating children experiencing a variety of concerns. Because children do not yet have the language or reasoning that adults do, play therapy is a developmentally appropriate way of helping children express themselves, solve problems, and relate to others.