• Individual Therapy

    Individual Therapy

    As a therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your full potential to lead a life that is fulfilling.

  • Play Therapy

    Child Therapy

    I view child therapy as a vehicle in helping children working through the challenges in their lives.

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

    Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

    I provide consultations for preschool and childcare personnel on how to better handle situations with children in classrooms to maximize early learning.

Counseling and Behavioral Consulting Services

Support and guidance through difficult situations.

How Can I Help?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is a technique that I firmly believe works on everyone across the life span. Maybe not with CBT alone, but definitely along with other techniques incorporated into a treatment.

CBT is highly educational in nature. It treats problems by restructuring our thinking processes, in order to change the way we think, modify our dysfunctional feelings, and in turn, change our behaviors. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging us to challenge our negative thinking and change destructive patterns of behavior.

CBT is a collaborative effort between clients and me. My role is to listen, teach, and encourage, while the client's roles is to express concerns, learn, and implement what they are learning.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a treatment technique I use with clients, which most widely used with children. Play is fun and enjoyable to people through out the life span. Play is important to human happiness and well being as love and work (Schaefer, 1993). Play expands self-expressions, self- knowledge, self-actualization, and self- efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress or boredom. It connects people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates emotions, and boost confidence. Play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival (Landerth, 2002).

The reason of Play therapy use for children because it builds on the way that children naturally learn and understand their world and their relationships by playing. Therefore, toys become words and the play becomes the language or the way to communicate.

When a child is stressed or upset, they are much more likely to demonstrate their feelings and frustrations by acting them out. Adults see the acting out behaviors as troubling behaviors. Play therapy provide children with an outlet through the use of toys and/or other activities like art, dress up, puppets, Sandtray, story telling, and other methods of play to help with expressions of feelings, emotions, and thoughts in a more natural way for them. Play therapy allows children and others to lower their stress levels and thus be able to rehearse new ways to solve problems.

Play therapy is also my treatment of choice for my adult clients whenever I see fit. The reason is that when people are stressed, the part of the brain involved in language, processing of emotions, problem solving and critical thinking is not easily accessible for them. In fact, talking about problems or traumas can sometimes make people feel worse because they tell the same stressful stories or repeat the same negative thought patterns over and over. Non-verbal activities, like play and/ or art can more quickly help them understand a situation with sort of “scanning” the problem to give them more or new perspective and distance themselves from the problem, and therefore, they will feel less stuck in it, and are more able to develop solutions (Teleira, 2015).

Research has demonstrated that Play Therapy benefit adults who struggle in communicating their thoughts and feelings in “talk” therapy intervention. It can be successfully incorporated into other form of treatments for adult clients. In implementations with adults, Play Therapy looks like role plays, psychodrama, the use of games, Sandtray, and art to open up the hidden traumas that are buried within. Play therapy allows for the use of humor, relaxation, and enrichment into the process of uncovering areas of great pain from a safer, in more non -directive approach. Play therapy interventions promote healing and stress reduction simply by giving clients the permission they need to access the child within (Eller, 2001).

Play therapy has proven equally effective no matter the child’s age, gender or type of problem children. Additionally, positive effects were found to be greatest when there was a parent actively involved if the client is a child.

Sandtray

Sandtray therapy is a treatment technique that I use and incorporate into my practice. It is a technique that uses very minimal directive. Sandtray therapy is a non-verbal expressive technique that is often used in addition to traditional therapy. The technique has been expanded and has been used widely with adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children.

Sandtray therapy technique is useful with clients who are introverted, have trouble with expressing feelings and emotions through words, and are tense. The reason is that sometimes, is difficult to express feelings with words, and a non-verbal expressive technique is a wonderful way to let emotions out. Sandtray therapy provides expression to non-verbalized emotional issues.

Sandtray therapy participation is voluntary. It allows a person to construct his or her own world by using miniature toys in sand. The miniatures are used as the words, symbols, and metaphors of his or hers non-verbal communication. Sandtray therapy provides an opportunity for someone to tell or create stories and acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain self- acceptance.

It is fascinating how much we can deeply process our thoughts and feelings by just playing in the sand. Naturally, playing with sand for most people bring a relaxing feeling. It has a unique kinesthetic quality.

“Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process, in which nothing is fixed”- Carl Rogers