Are you a parent or caregiver of a child ages 0 to 5 and facing challenges that have become too difficult to navigate alone? Perhaps you are concerned about how your child expresses emotions, or you are uncertain how to communicate with your child and respond to their needs and behaviors. I will support you by creating a nurturing space for you to address your concerns.
I see counseling as a hope-filled process of mutual discovery built upon empathy, respect, insight, encouragement, and the experience of a safe relationship. My approach to parent and child therapy reflects my belief that a child's attachment or bonding to the parent in the first years of life lays a foundation for growth and development later on in life.
In my work with families, I use play therapy. This involves following the child's lead in play activities to build safety and trust, evoke the child's inner thoughts and feelings, and create opportunities for the parent to communicate with their child about important issues in an age-appropriate way.
My work with children and families in the mental health field began in 2000. I have a Masters degree in Counseling from George Fox University where I also obtained extensive play therapy training. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in the state of Washington.