Connecting with children is a delicate art. A good therapist helps them feel safe, accepted, and understood. I create an environment where children can be their authentic selves. Children tend to have very shallow blockages. Given the opportunity to just "be", the issues that need to be targeted surface easily. From this point I work with a variety of therapeutic approaches to help alleviate negative patterns, behaviors, and emotions. I work specifically with play and expressive art therapy with younger children, which functions as a method of communication using a language other than words to reveal their internal reality.
Therapeutic support for teens is designed with the goal of helping them to gain personal insight. Growing up is about figuring out who are, what your role is in the greater society, and what you want to create in your life. Through successful guidance, we uncover the unrealized dreams and create solutions. Working with teens is a balancing act of helping them better understand and accept themselves, while also pushing them to grow towards a higher level of functionality and consciousness.
Group therapy is a powerful modality that can help build lasting emotional growth. In a group setting individuals can experience vulnerability in the presence of others, which culminates in deep personal acceptance. Careful attention to emotional safety and community building are always monitored. Positive peer influence has the potential to impact developmental growth exponentially!