The emotional and behavioral challenges that children face can be understood in the context of their family system, educational institutions, and broader socio-cultural-political environment. I believe that all behavior has meaning and is an attempt to communicate. As children grow, they are trying to balance maintaining connection with their caregivers and developing a sense of self. I help family members build on their strengths and work towards better understanding, mutual respect, and open communication with one another.
The first part of therapy is an assessment period, where I will meet with family members individually and together to understand your family's history and the issues that are bringing you to therapy at this time. We will talk about how the major events your family has gone through have impacted your relationships with one another. We will then collaborate on the format of therapy, whether it looks like individual child therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and/or caregiver support.
I am comfortable working in collaborative teams and providing consultation to teachers, doctors, and other people in your child's system of care. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and families on challenges around:
I enjoy working with families in non-traditional structures such as polycules, chosen families, and intentional co-parenting communities. I welcome families of all configurations to be as they are in all their diversity and complexity.