I enjoy the opportunity to help clients find what they need through a creative experience in addition to conventional talk therapy. I embrace activity based therapeutic approaches which facilitate communication or insight otherwise unable to be heard and recognized through normal dialogue. Activities provide opportunity for mind, body, and soul to gain an agreed understanding, and thereby fostering a personal growth experience!
I have a natural way of narrating activity & play which extends my presence and allows me to bring awareness to what I call "living cognitions." Often times before we are able to hold a mental understanding, we must experience it, and the experience is a "living cognition" waiting to be consolidated into a mental understanding and tool to be used for other situations. This is especially true for children & adolescents. A "living cognition" remains an experience until we are made aware of it and given suggestion for how to generalize it to other situations. Metaphor is used to make the "living cognition" a working tool which can be applied to other situations for guiding behavior, problem solving, and mental understanding. I embrace myself as a guide into activities which can offer positive & helpful "living cognitions" and promote a personal growth experience!
Therapeutic strengths include: facilitating awareness, crafting creative activities for metaphor, using metaphor to bridge experience to greater understanding, honoring autonomy, reframing perspectives into more positive perspectives, and using humor.
The academic: I have a masters in counseling psychology & I am credentialed as a registered play therapist. I continue to educate myself on the expressive art therapies as it fits my approach, theory, and passion. I further focus my continued education in the areas listed below as special focus.
Technical jargon: I work from a foundation built on Gestalt & Client Centered principles. This foundation is intentionally built and strengthened in every session to include: unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence. On top of this foundation I become more directive through these theories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. All of these theories are intentionally incorporated into my approach as a play therapist.
Areas of special focus: ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Parent child relationship, and Trauma.
Approach: I am proud to employ a unique therapeutic team approach with an apprentice intern working by my side to offer more comprehensive therapy than I could offer by myself. In the initial meeting my intern will be taking notes so I can engage more fully with the client and family. During all of my therapy sessions with clients, the intern will be observing the session through an observation window. After each session, the intern and I will explore and evaluate my therapeutic effectiveness, and identify opportunities for next session. The family will be encouraged to allow the intern to visit their home once a week for an in-home family session to expand & strengthen the work done in the office. This approach offers more observation, intervention, and evaluation of the therapy process making it a more comprehensive model for client care than an individual therapist could provide. All details and arrangements for utilizing interns will be discussed and agreed upon with clients.
I offer individual and family therapy. I am a registered play therapist, and utilize creative activities inside sessions. I am passionate for the therapeutic power of activity. My areas of specialty are listed above.
I am a fee-for-service provider, which means I do not accept insurance. You may be reimbursed by your insurance company for my services if you choose to request "out-of-network" reimbursement. Please verify the specific requirements for reimbursement with your insurance provider, and I will be happy to provide you with the appropriate receipt, billing codes, and diagnosis needed (insurance will not reimburse if there is no diagnosis).
Payment is due at time of service and I accept cash, check, or credit card payments, including Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.
My hourly rate is $150/hr - there is no fee for my apprentice intern's 2hr home session (many insurance programs compensate 50% for out-of-network payments; therefore, with 3 therapy hours, your hourly rate out of pocket could be $25 per hour).