As a therapist, I have experience working with children experiencing a range of emotional, social, and behavioral challenges. I specialize in therapy with kids and teens struggling with anxiety and with parents seeking to increase cooperation, strengthen connections, and reduce conflict within their families.
I value engaging in therapy approaches and practices that have ample research support. In my work with kids and teens, I draw on my extensive experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and also incorporate aspects of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and self-compassion. My work with parents of younger children typically involves parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), an approach that equips parents with the skills to better manage difficult behaviors, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and decrease parent stress. In addition, I am certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), an approach to supporting children and parents working through trauma.
In all of my therapy work, I collaborate with clients and parents to identify goals and to develop treatment plans. Then, we work together to carefully track progress over time (e.g., weekly behavior checklist, in-session ratings of anxiety); careful monitoring allows us to “course correct” or change our treatment plan if needed and ensures that children and families meet their goals.