Is your child having behavioral problems which are interfering with school, family, or friendships? Are you wondering if the behavior is normal or if he/she will outgrow it? I use a variety of evidence base practices to help collaborate with the family in restoring balance. Is your teen defiant, distant or abusing substances? I specialize with working with adolescents with a variety of substance use and/or mental health symptoms. I thoroughly enjoy working with defiant teens who have addiction issues.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. I also have completed relevant course work in the area of Substance Abuse Prevention and have received a certificate stating that I have completed 25 credits in this area. I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. In addition, I have completed all relevant course work and am a certified drug and alcohol counselor 3 (CADCIII). I have almost 10 years’ experience working for a Community Mental Health Agency proving dual diagnosis treatment to children, teens, families and adults. I have 1 year experience working with domestic violence survivors and almost 3 years’ experience providing therapy to children, teens and families in a private practice setting.
Individual Therapy for children and teens
Consultation and coordination with other care providers
Drug and Alcohol Education Services
Initially we will meet to work together to develop a working treatment plan to address your family’s goals. With children under 12, I utilize play therapy, CBT, PCIT and Sand Tray along with family sessions. When children play, their imaginations take over and they are in a world of their own. Play Therapy is one of the best therapeutic models for children because it gives them the opportunity to develop skills they may be struggling with, including understanding and regulating their emotions. Play also provides a familiar way for children to process situations such as loss, divorce, bullying, etc. With adolescents I spend time developing trust so they will feel comfortable in sharing their innermost feelings. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities depending on the individual teen’s needs.
When we first meet, we will discuss your concerns as a parent as well as the concerns of your teen. We will discuss confidentiality and privacy and work together to decide when parents need to be involved in therapy.