Individual therapy/psychotherapy involves meeting with a therapist one-on-one for the purpose of reducing internal challenges which may occur in the form of problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body). In addition, ongoing psychotherapy is a common and useful means of self-growth and self-actualization for many people. Therapy can help people to confront barriers which interfere with emotional and mental well-being. Some people enjoy therapy and relish the journey of becoming more conscious about themselves, their inner working, and their relationships. Whereas others are resistant to the idea of therapy. I work well with both groups of people, and any & all those who are in between. Therapy may help to increase positive feelings such as joy, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection, and love.
Working with children has always been a passion of mine throughout my life whether it be as a teenager volunteering at a hospital on the Pediatric floor. Or during college and beyond, being a dance instructor, a cheer coach, nurturing/having a watchful eye as a nanny, or one of the many other ways during my life. It makes sense that my journey has led me to help/aid children attain a positive self-esteem/image & sense of self, release & move forward from past traumas, and more, via their own mental wellness & well-being.
The way I work with children is not one in which the child can be dropped off for a session with me and s/he gets “fixed”. There will be times in which the child’s caregiver(s) will join in the session to work on the family dynamic (how the caregiver(s) and the child interact & communicate with one another). During these specific sessions, at times, I may seem to be a translator…If I believe there is a moment within the session I can assist with “translating”/steering the conversation towards healthier communication with different coping skills, I will. This is with the ideal end result being one in which the caregiver(s) and child can speak without the use of myself, by utilizing the coping skills you attain within session.
Initially, I will begin with a Person/Child-Centered approach, from which I will then branch out to an integrative theoretical stance. Person/Child-Centered therapy believes, first and foremost, for successful therapy to occur the relational climate/rapport created by my (the therapist’s) attitude towards your child (the client) is of the utmost importance. The goal of which being a desire that leads to
Child psychotherapy is considered anyone 17 yrs of age and under. It focuses on the mind and behavior from prenatal development through adolescent. Child psychology deals with not only how children & adolescents grow physically, but with their mental, emotional, and social development, as well. Child psychology encompasses a wide array of topics, from the genetic influences on behavior to the social pressures on development. After meeting with the child we will decide what would be the best route to proceed with therapy: Art Therapy, Sand Tray, Child-Centered Therapy, and/or other routes.
Family Therapy focuses on relationships within the family unit and takes place with the family members present. Family Therapy may be the primary focus of treatment, or could be used as a supplement to individual therapy.
In Family Therapy, the family is seen as a "whole" system, rather than just as the sum of its individual members. As with individual and group therapy, Family Therapy is used to approach a wide variety of therapeutic goals. Rather than viewing problems as owned and caused by a particular family member (also called an "identified patient"), Family Therapy, helps to identify the ways that relationship and individual problems are caused and maintained by the family dynamics. For example, if a child is having academic and social problems, the focus will be on identifying the family patterns that have contributed to the child acting out, rather than working on existing in the mind/psyche with the child alone.
You may wonder, "What exactly is sexual psychology?" The quick and easy way in which I view sexual psychology (which may be referred to as "sexology") is that it covers the topic(s) where sex and mental health & wellness overlap. Those topics include: gender identity, sexual arousal & response, infidelity, feeling comfortable & confident in the skin your in to be able to express your needs, wants, & desires, sexual behavior, perspectives & attitudes on or towards sex(uality), sexual orientation, communication, sexual difficulties, sexual abuse, and so many other topics.
I was raised to believe that discussing sex & sexuality, was as healthy & comfortable, as speaking about the subject of eating a balanced diet. It was impressed upon me in a positive manner that I understood and I wasn't afraid to speak or ask about sex & sexuality. Yet, it was always made to be explained and shared with me at the level of understanding I had at the time and age appropriate. As I grew up and started having conversations with friends, I learned that not only were a vast majority of people not raised in that way...There were taboos, along with feelings of shame, guilt, & embarrassment not only about the specific topic of sex, but understanding their own gender, sexuality, & body. This at times could be due to religious upbringing, possibly not feeling comfortable with discussing the topics themselves, or a plethora of other reasons. As I went through life and my education, I took it upon myself to not only seek out further education on sexual psychology...I also, joined different organizations and groups that would allow me further understanding on a personal & professional level.
When I am with you, I not only bring my education on the topics with me, I also bring life experiences, empathy, & compassion to where you are presently and meet you there. I work to create a place of safety and non-judgment, so that you and I can gain an understanding of what brought you in and how I can best aid/support you.