Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
I utilize a number of different methods to help children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral challenges and stressors. The idea behind therapy is to help children feel seen, heard, understood, valued and cared for. By providing this unconditional positive regard in addition to reflections of their strengths of character and competencies, young people are motivated to take meaningful steps toward positive change and lean on their support systems to help them navigate life's challenges. I help my clients check on, challenge and change unhelpful thinking patterns, beliefs and behaviors, and/or to accept--in order to heal from--difficult experiences, emotions and thoughts while acting in accordance with what makes sense for their values and goals. Individual psychotherapy is usually provided on a weekly basis and may involve psycho-education, play, cognitive-behavioral exercises and activities designed to interrupt destructive thought patterns and create new perspectives and understandings. My goal is to teach evidence based techniques and strategies to develop more effective coping skills for difficult emotions and stress. I also provide regular parent meetings to collaborate on supportive interventions and plans at home, and to provide feedback and guidance. These sessions are scheduled as part of treatment.
I use my knowledge of schools and the state regulated special education process to assist parents in understanding and receiving the support needed by their child. For children who may need specialized supports in schools, I will guide parents to help them successfully navigate the complex process of documenting, requesting and receiving State mandated 504 Plans and Accommodations and Individualized Educations Plans (IEPs). I also have expertise in managing school related academic and social/emotional difficulties including bullying and executive functioning deficits.