“My range of experiences has guided me to value the whole child, focusing on engaging all parts of their life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a strong passion for working with children; I studied social work in undergrad and graduate school where I worked at a play therapy center for children on the autism spectrum. I then began my career as a social worker at a charter school, working with children who were in foster care, were receiving preventative services, or had experienced trauma. My range of experiences has guided me to value the whole child, focusing on engaging all parts of their life. I have a certificate in child and family therapy and an extensive understanding of child development. I utilize modalities including CBT, play therapy, family systems theory, and talk therapy in my practice. My creative approach helps clients engage meaningfully in therapy while they learn evidence-based skills to help them succeed outside of treatment sessions. My goal is to help children and adolescents unpack the hurdles of growing up and provide guidance to increase interpersonal self-esteem.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide child therapy to support children in gaining access to their emotions and understanding how to regulate them. I can support your child in building confidence and learning problem-solving skills, social skills, coping skills, and much more. I specialize in working with children experiencing ADHD through teaching impulse control techniques, teaching emotional regulation skills, and providing executive functioning tools. I also partner with outside providers and school staff. All child therapy requires the participation of families in order to see the most progress. I emphasize actively communicating with families regarding skills being taught in sessions and ways to support your child at home. I will often check in with families at the end of sessions or schedule a separate session to meet with families to discuss more ways to reinforce skills at home.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly reading books, journals, and research articles. I pride myself on seeking new opportunities for training and staying up-to-date on the most recent and effective therapeutic approaches. I am always reading about parent management training to further my knowledge about the support I can provide families in helping their child regulate emotions and increase self-esteem.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I have found telehealth to be exciting and innovative. I worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, researching ways to engage children from behind the screen. I created online board games and ways to provide children with exposure therapy while not being in the same room. I found that I am able to see different sides of my clients that I would not usually see in the office. I am also able to observe parent interactions with their children and guide them in the moment in managing behaviors. I take a very hands-on approach and have found even more ways to do that within the world of telehealth. Due to my expertise, I gave a lecture to Columbia PhD students on how to engage children in therapy via telehealth.
“My goal is to help children and adolescents unpack the hurdles of growing up and provide guidance to increase interpersonal self-esteem.”