Support for children and families
This part of my practice is rooted in a deep love of children and the experience of supporting families to thrive. I worked in childcare and preschools for over a decade before becoming a therapist.
If your child is experiencing:
- anxiety issues
- trouble regulating or expressing emotions
- difficulty at school (e.g. focusing, behavior, structure)
- challenges with bonding and connection at home or with friends
- a transition, trauma, or loss
this integrative approach might be very supportive for your family.
My approach combines developmental psychology, play and movement therapy, mindfulness training, and modern neuroscience to offer you and your child a diverse range of strategies.
Children are wonderfully driven by their impulses (as their rational/adult brain isn't online yet). I will teach you and your children strategies that are fun, easy and speaks directly to the nervous system which has the biggest influence on the way we behave and feel.
In the first few years of life, the brain is like a blank canvas quickly learning how to navigate the human world. I am excited to help set your child up for the happiness and success they deserve with tools that will serve them the rest of their life.
I also offer a speciality in parent coaching that gently engages the physiology of attachment to increase your ability to share loving experiences with your child. This can be especially helpful with issues of bonding, birth trauma, discipline or anxiety.
I welcome all children ages 0-12 years.
Could it be Sensory Integration/Regulation issues?
Often times we misinterpret children's behavior as acting out when really they lack the tools to ask for the help they need. Significantly more so than adults, children are ruled by their sensory experience and because of the way our brains and nervous system develops they don't yet have much ability to accurately regulate or communicate their internal experience and needs.
By supporting children with sensory sensitive and neurologically-based resources we are able to bridge this gap. Children become more able to regulate their emotions, interact successfully with their environments and the people in them as well have improved focus and self-esteem.
Cues that your child might be dealing with sensory integration/regulation issues:
- unexplainable irritability and aggression
- high sensitivity or seeking sensory stimulation such as smells, sounds, lights, and touch (e.g. clothing, bedding, hands on)
- greatly influenced by their activity level (e.g. much calmer when able to run or rough house) or food intake
- they have been diagnosed with ADD/HD