Are you struggling with your child's behavior?
Is your child struggling with big emotions?
Big worries or anxiety?
Has your child experienced a traumatic event?
Does he or she have a lot of medical issues that could be impacting his or her emotional development?
Humans are complicated creatures and we all deal with issues differently. Many times, you may have sought comfort and/or advice from your friends or family and haven't gotten anywhere OR you don't want to share that much info with them. Counseling is a great choice for that. Your therapist will keep your information confidential, just between the 2 of you.
Deciding to seek a counselor is a huge decision. It usually means you are ready for a positive change, whether it's in you, your child, or the relationship with your child. I will support you through the difficult time and help guide you in the direction you'd like to go.
Counseling is a process and sometimes it can be a long process, we ask that you hang in there with me as we work together. It is not my intention to continue services with you forever, it's my job to work myself out of a job.
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- Child Counseling
- Play Therapy
-Animal Assisted Play Therapy
- Counseling for Adolescents
- Teen Counseling
-Counseling for Young Adults (College Students
- Counseling for children with chronic illness
- Parent Coaching
- Review of Treatment Plans
- Coping & Adjusments
- Anger Management
- Parenting through Divorce
Face-to-Face or Virtual Therapy Services
- Child Counseling
- Play Therapy (with parents & young children)
- Teen Counseling
-Counseling for Young Adults (College Students)
Kids are fun...and sometimes challenging. Their brains work in fascinating ways, and they just understand the world differently.
I get them.
I get kids who have challenging behaviors for whatever reason.
...that the world is a hard place to be sometimes.
...why parents are frustrated.
...why parents are worried.
And I LOVE to play.
I love to walk.
I love to do art.
I enjoy being with kids.
My specialty is kids...and families. I work with children 3 and up. For children under 3, I work with parents to help fine-tune their skills from the get-go. I also help parents build stronger connections with their children...ask me about parenting support/coaching!
Here's the technical stuff:
I have an Ed.S. (Educational Specialist Degree) in Play Therapy from the University of Mississippi and a Master's of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in TX (#67483), LPC in Colorado (#0015674), and a Registered Play Therapist. I have a prescriptive approach to therapy, meaning that I tailor every session to your child or family's needs, and I don't use just one theory.
I have many years of experience with young children and their families, working with child development, parent coaching, and education. I provide counseling for children and families who may have experienced trauma, bullying, behavioral issues, developmental delays, learning disabilities, grief, and loss, among other things that can influence the whole family's interactions. Play therapy and developmentally appropriate activities are used in counseling sessions with both children and families. Evening and weekend counseling appointments are available.
Through the years that I’ve been counseling families, I have realized that sometimes parents find it nice to have some guidance or coaching through troubling times with their children. Perhaps, you would like to know if your child’s behavior is age-appropriate or if you should be concerned; then, parent education might be what you are looking for. I will meet with you to discuss child development, specifically related to your concerns, to provide you guidance or help point you in the right direction.
In family therapy, I work with you to learn to live together peacefully. I require all family members present each session, it shows the desire to work together for a positive change. Often times, "homework" is assigned and follow-through is expected as situations rarely get better without everyone doing their parts. In family therapy, I use different activities that encourage families to communicate and work together. Families in therapy may see quick changes or slow changes, either is fine, afterall we aren't creating THE perfect family, we are enhancing YOUR perfect family.
Is your child developing on target? Your child's pediatrician should go through a brief checklist with you during those important checkups but you still aren't sure if you should be concerned about your child's inability to speak correctly or maybe don't know when that first word should come, I can help. I have years of experience working with young children in early intervention and can provide you with knowledge and skills to help calm your concerns.
What about parenting in general? I do that too! I love working with parents who want to better themselves! I can coach you through some of the most challenging parts of parenting, help you create a new plan, generate new ideas, etc.
These aren't the typical parenting classes. I offer parenting classes with the foundations of a type of therapy called Filial Therapy, specifically Child-Parent Relationship Training. The classes work to build the relationship between you and your child. Oftentimes, once the relationship is strengthened, behavioral problems at home decrease, and the family's stress improves. During the class, typically 1 child is focused on, but multiple children will benefit from the skills learned in the session.
If the parents are married, both parents are encouraged to attend. If there are step-parents involved, they are encouraged to attend as well. Divorced parents are encouraged to attend BUT if parents cannot get along, they will need to attend separate classes.
Attendance at all classes is mandatory once they begin. Missing a class could change the dynamics of the group. If you can't attend group classes, I can provide CPRT individually. Meeting in a small group with other parents is offers a supportive environment for you to become the best parent you can be.
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Coaching for the College-Bound
I spent many years in college and financial aid advising in my previous career. If you or your child aren't sure about the ins and outs of the college world, a few sessions with me may be just what you are looking for. I can help you clarify your educational goals, navigate the college application, financial aid, and even goodness-of-fit based on your desired plans.
These sessions not only address life goals and striving to reach your career goals with as little initial stress as possible, but we can work through some of the stress, anxiety, depression, or whatever complicated feelings or situations you have.