First of all, I love working with kiddos. They are so honest and so resilient that I believe they can overcome almost any obstacle!
I also love helping families build and strengthen the bonds the connect them. Parents want to love their children well and children need to be loved. These attachments, especially early on in life, are what set people up for healthy functioning and relationships later on in life.
It's so meaningful to me to be able to teach parents how to care for their kids the way they want to, and to help children overcome issues they struggle with to experience the freedom and joy that kids should be experiencing!
If you're someone who struggles with any of these issues, you know you can get through them but you need some help or guidance, and you're ready to do the work, you came to the right place! Get in touch with me by calling or texting me, email me, or just schedule an appointment now - I would love to get connected and start working with you.
Education & Experience:
I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Mathematics with a minor in Sociology. I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Western Seminary in 2011 and have been a licensed counselor in Oregon since 2015.
I specialize in working with children 3-12 yrs and their families. My clinical experience has included counseling children and families experiencing anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, and trauma, families with foster and adoptive children, and children with special needs and developmental disabilities in outpatient and community-based mental health settings.
Philosophy & Approach:
I enjoy helping families build more secure attachment relationships through creative and expressive modalities including narrative, art, sand tray, and play. I have specialized training in working with foster and adoptive families, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security parent training, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, backpacking, travel, reading, baking, crafting, gardening, and berry picking!