Over two decades ago, I set down with a mentor and started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. I had a degree in theology, a minor in mass communications. I was working as a magazine managing editor and taking classes in architecture. The stage did not seem set to becoming a child therapist. But as we talked about what I felt passionate about, moments kept flashing through my mind of watching children as they discovered something, struggled with something, triumphed over something. I loved observing and playing with children and found their capacity for discovery to be at the heart of my deepest joy.
So, I found myself back in school, painting clouds on play room walls, buying puppets, collecting sand tray toys and attending every Garry Landreth conference I could drive to, until finally in April 2004, I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Since then I have spent thousands of hours working with children ages 2 to 18. We have drawn pictures of their inner monsters and made puffy balls of yarn with google eyes to represent emotions. We have processed traumas through art and sand and play-doh. We have learned regulation skills through indoor soccer games and heart-pounding games of Jenga. We have cried over the death of loved ones and laughed over the acquisition of a new pet. We have learned not to run from pain, but to hold it gently, care for it tenderly and continue onward with resiliency and faith.
Along with my child-centered practice, I work with adolescents and adults who are processing grief and loss, traumatic experiences, life transitions as well as anxiety and anxiety related symptoms. I am trained in child-centered play therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). I base much of my work in the somatic experience of the body and enjoy helping clients connect their emotional experiences with their body responses–becoming conscious and mindful of both body and soul. I enjoy being with entire families as well as individuals, working to establish positive and effective communication skills as well as navigate the roads of conflict and resolution.
I absolutely love what I do. Each moment spent with a beautiful human being who is moving towards becoming all that they were designed to be is the most wonderful honor.
I look forward to connecting with you.