Hi, I’m Lisa and I am excited you have found my site! Are you curious about what therapy can do to help your child or adolescent face their current challenges in a playful way while also providing a space for parents to share their own challenges and triumphs in a supportive environment? If so, I would love to meet and learn more about you!
I am a mental health counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. I am trained in a variety of mental health counseling techniques, including those drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), to name a few.
I have completed both basic level and advanced training in EMDR Therapy, specifically focused on working with child and adolescent populations as well as using EMDR in family work with attachment. I invite you to learn more about EMDR therapy with children and adolescents under the “More” tab under “Helpful Resources”.
However, my goal, no matter which type of therapy your child or adolescent may be receiving, is to provide a therapy experience that first and foremost honors their individual experience, creativity, playfulness, and strengths.
I believe that everyone deserves to have their stories heard and truly “seen” by another person. While I am able to teach a variety of coping skills and strategies to handle anger and other difficult emotions, I invite my clients to consider the possibility of taking this a step further. By acknowledging our stories that are often painful and uncomfortable, we are able to let go of what may be keeping us from ‘breaking through’ and discovering the true potential inside. Through the use of play (children’s natural language), humor, and encouragement, your child can learn new ways to express themselves, build self-confidence, and discover endless potential.
One of my dogs is named after my favorite food- Pickles :)
I love anything spicy and have had a membership to the Hot Sauce of the Month Club (who knew such a thing existed?)
I am a sucker for cheesy jokes…What did the horse say when it tripped? Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t giddy-up!
I have a completely irrational fear of eggs (smelling them, cracking them, washing dishes that had eggs on them, much less the thought of EATING them)…I don’t even like the chocolate ones you get during holidays.