Early childhood and pre-adolescence can be a challenging time for children and parents alike. Parents often feel unprepared or do not understand their role in supporting their child’s emotional development. During the early childhood years, the quality of the relationship that is developed between the child and the parents can greatly influence the growth and development of the child. Parents play a critical role in modeling how to respond to strong feelings. Children need help and practice to develop their capacity to cope with and manage a variety of emotions. Feelings and behavior are closely linked; therefore, when feelings are not well managed, children’s ability to think can be impaired and maladaptive behaviors can result which could negatively impact the relationship between the child and parent. Sometimes parents can feel lost or have a painful sense of not being a “good enough” parent, even a well-meaning and conscientious parent is not free from reacting with anger or frustration when their child misbehaves. I am determined to create a safe space to discuss these frustrations and insecurities about parenting in order to strengthen and foster the relationship between the child and the parent.
I specialize in treating children and young adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and relational difficulties. I provide individual and dyadic family therapy utilizing an attachment-based theoretical framework. With a collaborative approach, I treat a variety of concerns including, early trauma, anxiety, depression, parent-child relationship problems, developmental and behavioral concerns. My view of the therapeutic process helps to support the many needs of the child, including healthy development, family relationships, and social and academic support.
My training in Play Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, allows me to integrate various relational concepts and modalities into my work with families. The collaborative therapeutic work will facilitate development of stronger relationships, social skills and coping tools to confront life’s challenges.
· Dyadic work with parent and child
· Parent-Child Relationship problems
· Behavioral Issues
· Emotional Disturbance
· Autism Spectrum Disorder
· Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
· Trauma and PTSD
· Family Conflict
· Parenting skills
· Peer Relationships
· School Issues
· Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
· Children (6 to 10)
· Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Treatment Approach/Types of Therapy
· Play Therapy
· Child-Parent Psychotherapy
· Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
· Trauma Focused
· Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
· Psychological Testing and Evaluation
*Alternative Languages: Spanish
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