Areas of Expertise
I provide therapeutic interventions to identified clients in order to enhance and foster your optimal functioning and interactions in the home and community. As a therapist, I complete bio- psychological assessments for all clients. I provide individual, family and play therapy sessions to assigned consumers based on weekly productivity requirements. I assess client needs, service adaptability and appropriateness for therapeutic services. Lastly, I collaborate with clients and family members to ensure all goals are developed within a Client Center approach.
Individual therapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual therapy may encompass many different treatment styles. Individual therapy allows the therapist and client to focus on each other, building a rapport and working together to solve the client's issue. The goal of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone.
Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a therapist with clinical experience working with couples, helps two people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions. Couples therapy will usually begin with some standard interview questions regarding the history of the relationship as well as some exploration into each partner’s family-of-origin, values and cultural background. The therapist might use the initial sessions for crisis intervention if necessary. The couples therapist will then assist the couple in identifying the issue that will be the focus of treatment, establishing treatment goals and planning a structure for treatment.
Group therapy helps people work through problems by interacting with a therapist and a group of individuals with similar struggles. In a safe, confidential setting, each group member can share personal experiences, feelings and issues and receive feedback and support from the rest of the group.
Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy expounds on the natural way children learn themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe distance from their problems and allows self-expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you're done going to therapy sessions.
When working with clients, my primary therapeutic approach is Client-Centered therapy. Client-centered therapy focuses as much on the client as possible. During the sessions I provide little authority or direction. I act as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction. As a Client-Centered therapist I show more concern and care than more analytical therapists. I am there to encourage and support the you and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with your process of self-discovery. I put more time and effort into empathizing with you as my client.