LMFT # 203782
My passion is helping families grow stronger. Sometimes I am fortunate enough to work with multiple family members and sometimes I work with one person. As a family therapist, my approach includes helping individuals understand how they are influenced by their family’s history and family members’ interrelatedness. When working with children, I work closely with the parents/caregivers.
As a former foster parent and now adoptive mom, I know the challenges and struggles of caring for children with trauma and super hard behaviors. If your family is struggling with big, baffling behaviors, chances are, I've experienced the same or a similar behavior in my house. I've learned so much through trial and error. I am dedicated to helping other families not struggle for any longer than they have to.
I am professionally trained in:
Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI)
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
Family Systems Therapy
I take a holistic approach and use a wide variety of interventions to meet the needs of my clients. Sometimes words are hard and we need other ways to express ourselves, particularly with teens and children. I use art, music, sand, clay, books, games, and any other creative modalities that are helpful to my clients. My experience being a home-school mom and preschool teacher has given me a vast creative tool box.
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I've experienced the healing power of my own therapy. I'm currently in therapy and will continue to be. I believe it makes me a better therapist. Connecting with the right therapist/counselor and feeling seen, heard, and safe is so empowering and healing. I've experienced the acceptance of all of my parts - the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to help others experience this too!
“I’ve never met a true self I haven’t fallen in love with.” Candyce Ossefort-Russell