I am trained in family systems theory. I view people as inherently connected and impacted by those surrounding them. This is especially true for children. Like a mobile that moves when one part is touched, families are affected by what is happening in each other's lives.
Family therapy can be a useful way to help families navigate challenges connected to family changes or child issues.
The theoretical grounding of play therapy is that children use play to communicate and express the feelings and experiences that they cannot yet communicate and/or process verbally. Play therapy includes a wide range of activities, but may include art therapy, activity therapy (art and crafts type of activities), bibliotherapy (reading books and writing stories), use of puppets, play with dolls, dress up, or similar role plays.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Research shows how we think influences how we feel and visa versa. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) identifies twisted or stuck thinking and helps make changes to better manage emotions.
For younger children, this may include behavior plans or charts, role playing, relaxation techniques, stimulus desensitization, social skills training, or other skills practice. For older children, adolescents, and adults, this may include learning skills to manage anxiety, stress, or fine tuning skills needed to manage difficult relationships or situations.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
This therapy helps heal painful memories, disturbances, trauma, emotional arousal and behavioral symptoms. EMDR is based on the idea that the two sides of the brain process information differently. Sometimes trauma can cause information to be stored in an isolated way that is not integrated and healthy, causing symptoms. Stimulating both sides of the brain (through eye movements, taps, sounds) helps activate the integrative functions in the brain so information can be stored and processed in an adaptive (healthy) manner.
Parent Counseling, Education & Support
Sometimes a child's issues or family challenges require a change in parenting approach.
In my work with parents, I may also include specific reading materials, “homework” assignments, worksheets, behavior charts, and role play.
This very specific therapy is used to heal and enhance the relationship between a child and his or her caregivers. The goal of treatment is to enhance the self esteem, trust, and joyful engagement within the relationship. The focus is on empowering parents to continue using the relationship promoting interactions learned during treatment sessions.
Supervision for Licensure
I meet the qualifications of the State of Washington to provide supervision for therapists seeking licensure as either LMHC or LMFT.
It is important to have a good fit between supervisee and supervisor. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about my approach to supervision.