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    Life is full of unexpected challenges and navigating it as a family can feel even more overwhelming. Children that are newly diagnosed with a medical condition, living with a chronic illness or adjusting to home after a hospitalization, may need support to cope with their experiences. Siblings of a brother/sister with special needs, children coping with a parent or loved one’s illness, separation or death also deserve the guidance of a caring adult. Providing a safe space to express themselves, receive age-appropriate information and have the opportunity to learn healthy coping skills is what I offer to families.
    I provide psychosocial/emotional support through therapeutic play, creative arts, and education to help children process these challenges. I prepare children for new experiences, provide opportunities for self-expression and teach coping and advocacy skills. I work closely with parents to continue these healthy relationships and support their child’s needs.
    It takes a village to raise kids. My goal is to always meet the family where they are to facilitate therapeutic services and help them overcome stress and anxiety related to challenges in their life.
    Q What experience do you have?

    I'm a passionate, Certified Child Life Specialist with 15+ years of experience working with children and families in the healthcare field and community. I received my undergrad in Recreation Administration at San Diego State University in 2003 and completed my Masters in Child Life at Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 2007. After working with children in the healthcare system for a number of years, I decided to fill a large gap in service in the community, by supporting children and family’s post-hospitalization.

    I launched a private practice helping families cope with illness, loss, trauma, and transitions. Through therapeutic modalities of play, creative arts, education and preparation, I meet children where they are at and foster self-expression and healthy coping skills.

    I created a website/blog with 6 social media platforms reaching over 15,000 followers in the U.S and overseas, sharing resources and applicable tools. I self-published a children’s book, "It’s Time For Your Checkup: What to Expect When Going to the Doctor" and present workshops regionally and nationally to parents, medical providers and educators.

    Issues

    • Anxiety
    • Chronic Illness
    • Chronic Pain
    • Grief and Loss
    • New Parents
    • Parenting

    Languages

    • English

    Insurance

    • No Insurance Accepted

    Approach

    • Art Therapy
    • Parent-Child-Interaction-Therapy (PCIT)
    • Person Centered Therapy
    • Play Therapy