Specialties

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment for all ages that is effective for resolving emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences. EMDR uses sensory stimulation – eye movement, tapping, or vibrations) to mimic REM sleep (which is what helps us store memories). Using this movement – called Bilateral Stimulation – we are able to ‘unwire’ the memories in the brain that are causing distress.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) addresses how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are intertwined with one another. Often times CBT helps us identify unwanted thoughts, overwhelming feelings and destructive behaviors.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

TF-CBT

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) connecting and unwiring the distressful memories from a traumatic event through the identification of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. TF-CBT uses six stages to address past events that affect current symptomology. This modality is evidenced based for children and adults.

Registered Play Therapist (RPT)

PLAY THERAPY

Play Therapy targets the unique developmental needs of young children and adolescents, who often express themselves better through play activities than through verbal communication. Play often includes parent engagement and parent teachings.

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means

CALMS

I have extensive training, education an experience in working with teens and families struggling with suicidal ideation and counseling on access to lethal means (CALMS). I served on a specialized team in Washington State named SAFES (Supporting Adolescents and Families Experiencing Suicidality) which was in partnership with the PALS line and Seattle Children’s Hospital. My primary role was to help kids and families remain safe at home and out of the ER and hospital.

Child Mental Health Specialist

CMHS

Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) is a certification that is earned through practice and continuing education in working with children. This certification requires widespread training and hours in session and in consultation with difficult cases in child centered therapy.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

IECMHC

Infant and early childhood mental health consultation is an evidence-based preventive intervention that team mental health consultants with providers who work with young children and their families to address and improve social and emotional development. This is provided in one of two settings – early childhood education sites and at home visitations. In early education sites the IECMH guide teachers and administrators to address and influence change that fosters increased wellbeing of children’s social and emotional health. In the home sector, consultants support and build the capacity of home visitors. An IECMH consultant engaged with families and children in supportive ways but does not provide direct therapeutic services in this role.