Therapy for Children in Mt. Pleasant

It is my certainty that every child and parent have fundamental strengths of their own. My approach to therapy works on raising our awareness of those qualities and implementing them back into areas of dysfunction.  I stay away from labels such as “bad kids” or “unfit parents.”  However, there are environments, conditions, and situations, that can fortify or unknowingly encourage unwanted behaviors and responses. It is common to get stuck on an awareness of the things that are not working, and to dismiss or disregard the positives.  My work assists parents and families to recognize what their children are doing right and aid them in seeing their own strengths and assets as parents. During this process, the child also begins to self-actualize their own aptitude, abilities, and unique gifts. This leads to improved performance, happier children, and a stronger parent-child bond​

In counseling, we will work together to expose unhealthy patterns/behaviors while pinpointing the circumstances and foundations that encourage natural supports in the child and parent. This can incorporate everything from their social groups, home environment, daily and nightly routines, family dynamics, nutrition, and other components that have a bearing effect on children and parents.

My friendly office environment provides a safe space for children to explore their feelings, define what is beneath the exterior and process trauma. I use play therapy and art therapy techniques as well as structured activities to work towards goals. Children who work with me cultivate skills to communicate their feelings and needs in ways where they can be heard and learn to adjust and regulate their emotions in order to better problem solve.

I work with children as young as age 6 on a variety of issues including:

  • worrying/anxiety
  • feelings of sadness, frustration, loneliness
  • rough transitions (adjustment)
  • perfectionism
  • divorce, separation and other big transitions
  • social challenges – difficulty making friends, keeping friends
  • aftermath of witnessing or experiencing abuse or domestic violence
  • children/teens who are uniquely sensitive and intuitive – indigos
  • difficulties with behavior/defiance
  • explosive, angry outburst