Any person that comes to therapy tends to also come with their "village"! I love working with collaboratively with schools, doctors, caregivers, or anyone else involved in my client's "village". This is something I do based on the desires of the person I am working with, whether that means reaching out directly or brainstorming with the client on how to approach another provider themselves.
In a first session, I like to get to know the person who is sitting in front of me, help them feel comfortable in the space, and set some goals together about what we want to work on together. If the person is a child or teenager, I usually invite their adults into the first part of the session to review expectations of all parties so we can all be in the same page.
I can't say that I have a super comprehensive life philosophy, but I will say that a very important part of my life is that all people have value, are worthy of love, and have unique strengths that should be celebrated and enjoyed. In the therapy room, that is what I hope to portray to every person that walks in the door - they have value, worthy of love and have unique strengths regardless of why they came to therapy.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Positive and negative change can be difficult, including things like moving, breaking up, adjusting to parenthood, or changing careers. It’s normal to feel stressed, however, life transitions can inhibit people from living healthy lifestyles.
Parenting issues involve those associated with the child-rearing process. These may include safety, discipline, nutrition, finances, childcare, school, household rules, chores, daily routines, social activities, and relationships with extended family members. Because child-rearing practices vary by culture, cultural norms must be considered.
Transition to new parenthood
Common issues may include self-doubt, feeling a lack of support, financial concerns, medical concerns, housing concerns, significant lifestyle change, reduced sleep, increased stress, anxiety, and depression.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
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Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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Masters of Social Service, Social Work, Bryn Mawr College
Bachelors in Social Work, Social Work, Eastern University
Most recently, I have worked in an elementary school offering mental health support. I have also worked in middle school and high school as a mental health therapist, and have lots of experience working with kids and teenagers who have emotional regulation needs. Prior to that, I have worked with families who have children ages 0-18 in their homes with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, ODD as a mobile therapist and Early Intervention social worker.
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