Seasons of suffering and darkness visit all of us, but we do not have to go through them alone or without hope. Perhaps you are feeling anxious, depressed, empty, or disconnected. Maybe disappointments, mistakes, or abuses from the past seem to torment your mind and soul. It could be that your child is fighting an uphill battle with challenging behaviors, big emotions, isolation, or worry. Or your family’s going through some tough things, and you’re seeking a safe place for you or your child to share, process, and find a way forward.
As a person… a mom, a wife, a therapist… whew, I get it. We are made for connection, and you are wise to seek support. Things may look bleak in this moment, but we can work together to help you build a life worth living. Even when we can’t change things “out there,” we can tend to your inner world, finding soothing for your pain and hope for your future.
I’m a warm, relational therapist with over twelve years of diverse ministry, nonprofit, and clinical experience. My passion is for providing life-changing care and counseling to adults, teens, children, and families. I offer humble listening, unwavering support, targeted skill-building, and effective therapeutic technique. Across all ages, my approach is trauma-informed, strengths-based, and spiritually-integrated (if desired, certainly not required).
With adults and teens, as a Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) certified therapist, I specialize in integrating principles drawn from the neuroscience research on trauma and structural dissociation theory. TIST offers a treatment approach that integrates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ego state techniques, and Internal Family Systems. A simple way to summarize all that is that I specialize in doing “parts work” with my clients. I’m glad to explore TIST’s application to your current symptoms and situation when we meet. TIST is particularly well suited to treat individuals with chronic depression and/or anxiety, complex PTSD, borderline personality, bipolar disorder, dissociative symptoms, and other patterns of harmful or impulsive behavior. Because TIST contextualizes distressing and self-destructive emotions, thoughts, and behaviors as trauma-related, my clients feel less pathologized, increasing their motivation to overcome difficult symptoms and behaviors as a step toward overcoming trauma.
Once folks begin experiencing sustainable periods of relief and stability in their symptoms, triggers, and daily functioning, I offer several different treatments which help with processing trauma (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR); handling overwhelming emotions, improving relationships, and coping with stress (Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT-informed); and changing ineffective patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT). I’m a fan of some good old talk therapy, too, topped off with a healthy dose of humor.
With children and tweens, I am trained in and implement several evidence-based models of traditional and play therapy including Child-Centered Play Therapy with a Neurorelational Emphasis (NR-CCPT), TraumaPlay™, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Adlerian Play Therapy (AdPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I love using therapeutic stories, props, games, and art in play therapy. Within the foundation of a warm, supportive relationship with your child, we’ll work on establishing safety, enhancing self-esteem, soothing the body and mind, establishing sustainable coping skills, expressing feelings, and addressing the thought life. If there’s been a trauma, we may use play-based gradual exposure and trauma narrative work, as well. Therapy with kids will be playful, purposeful, important, and often fun.
As a child therapist, I take seriously the role of supporting parents and caregivers. I prioritize resourcing you with strategies for connection-building, limit-setting, disciplining, and helping children to regulate their emotions. My work with parents is informed by the brain-based parenting models of Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr Tina Payne-Bryson (The Whole-Brain Child, No Drama Discipline), Dr. Becky Bailey (Conscious Discipline, I Love You Rituals), and Dr. Mona Delahooke (Brain-Body Parenting, Beyond Behaviors). I want to empower you to not just reduce your child’s problematic behaviors now but also to connect with and nurture your child into a thriving, capable teen and young adult in the future. Even if you were not parented this way yourself, you can break old cycles, compassionately address your own triggers, learn new skills, and write a new story for your child and family.
If any of this sounds like it may be a good fit for you or your child’s current situation, go ahead and reach out. It would be my privilege to walk alongside you toward hope, change, meaning, and light.
Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, Tricare
$175/session (without insurance)
Families, Children, Teens, Adults, Parenting Work, Elderly
Faith Based Affirming
Military Life Experience
Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Problems, Cultural Trauma, Declining Illness, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Emotional Regulation, Foster Care/Adoption Experience, Gender Issues, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Sexual Assault, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Women's Issues, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Complex/Developmental Trauma, Dissociation, Miscarriage, Perfectionism
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Bipolar Disorder (I & II)
Social Anxiety Disorder
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)
I am not an IFS provider but use TIST, which is a similar parts model with overlapping techniques and applications.