My passion as a therapist lies in supporting middle school age kids and their families navigate the difficult transition through the “tweenage” years. I have been working at therapeutic boarding schools for students ages 9 to 15 since 2014. This is an especially rewarding age group because I get to support a child through the difficult growing pains of building identity, understanding peer groups, and learning independence while still maintaining and healing family relationships. In therapeutic boarding school environments, I help create a secure therapeutic community that allows parental support as families navigate one of the most difficult periods of their lives.
In my work, I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based lens in an effort to understand the full child and help support parents to more fully understand their child as well. I have attended training in many therapy modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Trauma-focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP), Theraplay, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Animal assisted therapy, Expressive arts therapy, Play therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I draw from these different modalities in order to meet the unique needs of each child I work with. I have worked with families and adolescents presenting with difficulties including attachment ruptures (from adoption or other early relational trauma), trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder to name a few.