Fern Leaves

Therapy

I do not have availability for new therapy clients at this time.  Consultation services are available and can be requested with the button below.  You can read more about my consultation services on my consultation page.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy sessions, I help kids and teens develop coping skills, regulate their emotions, and foster a strong sense of self.  Kids and teens usually enjoy working with me and feel like I “get” them -- their experiences, struggles, and strengths.  I encourage my clients to explore their identity and develop age-appropriate decision-making skills.  My collaborative, strengths-based approach builds kids’ confidence and activates their intrinsic desire to grow and learn. 

Family Therapy & Parent Coaching

In family therapy and parent-focused sessions, I partner with caregivers to help them understand their child’s struggles in a new way, reduce parenting stress, and improve their parent-child relationships.  Parents appreciate my direct and empathic approach, which balances practical strategies and emotional support.  Parents report that they feel more confident in their parenting decisions, more coordinated with their parenting partners, and more compassionate with themselves and their children.  

My Approach

I use a relational, psychodynamic approach -- I focus on building a warm, connected relationship with each child, teen, and caregiver.  Within our relationship, I help each person explore new ways of being and of seeing themselves, their relationships, and the world.  I use a range of evidence-based practices, and I individualize my approach based on each client’s and family’s needs, styles, goals, and preferences.  I integrate cognitive-behavioral strategies, play therapy, parent and family support, and consultation with schools and other providers as needed.  

 

As a relational therapist, I welcome all aspects of my clients’ and families’ identities into our therapy work together.  I strive to understand each person’s unique combination of characteristics and help clients and families explore how others’ stereotypes or discrimination have affected them.  I help families, schools, and communities affirm clients’ identities and provide tailored support.

Special Interests

  • Giftedness and twice exceptionality

  • Reducing anxiety for children, teens, and parents

  • Working with teens who are reluctant to begin therapy

  • Helping parents feel calmer and more confident

  • Collaborating with teachers and school personnel

My practice affirms queer, non-binary, gender expansive, and LGBTQ+-identified youth and families.

I help children, teens, and families with many experiences and difficulties, including:

  • Giftedness, talent, high ability

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • OCD and hoarding

  • Learning or school difficulties

  • Behavior difficulties

  • Poor emotional regulation

  • Low self-confidence

  • Identity development and exploration

  • Stress from discrimination and stereotypes

  • Social and peer difficulties; bullying

  • Underachievement and low motivation

  • Life transitions, stress, and trauma

  • Family conflict or parent-child relationship difficulties

 

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