One size does not fit all in teaching and that is certainly true for therapy as well. I utilize my life experience, continuing education, theoretical models and a wide variety of resources, including supervision, to tailor an approach to therapy that is a good fit for what your child/adolescent requires for success. I embrace the fact that therapy can change lives and save lives.
Whether kids have experienced adverse trauma or are struggling with the courageous act of living in an adult world full of challenges and expectations, respect, empathy, curiosity and active listening go a long way in creating a strong therapeutic alliance.
The most important thing to know about my approach is that it is trauma-informed, which means I work with the whole child, recognizing that adverse childhood experiences effect all aspects of child development - psycho/socio,/emotional and spiritual well-being. My approach is also child-centred, so I pay particular attention to ensuring the child has agency in therapy to make choices based on their internal system of need. I also work from a strength-based perspective, recognizing and utilizing what the child is already good at and build their existing skills on that special foundation.
I offer a safe and nurturing space and an empathetic ear while providing tools to bring about change in thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Therapy sessions can focus on working towards developing positive coping skills, self-regulation, boosting self-esteem, confidence, and a host of other essential life skills and positive traits for an optimistic future.