The emotional and behavioral challenges that children face can be understood in the context of their early experiences, family system, and the broader systems they live in. 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 offer a warm and collaborative space that is responsive to your family's values and needs. We will address your current concerns as well as underlying patterns and structures that got you here in the first place. I use the Ackerman Relational Approach, which focuses on helping family members build on their strengths and nurture their relational bonds.
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 child therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and/or caregiver support.
I am comfortable working in collaborative teams and providing consultation to teachers, doctors, psychiatrists, case managers, and other people in your child's system of care. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and families on challenges around:
I use a social justice lens and carefully attend to issues of power, oppression, and privilege as they show up your relationships and my relationship with you. 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.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 415-570-8603.