I studied psychology and then social work at the Ohio State University and have been in practice with young children, ages 3-10, and their families since completing graduate school. In addition to private practice, I teach play therapy and child and family courses at the University of Chicago, Ohio University, and the University of Toledo.
Young children who struggle academically and socially may be lagging in the skills they need to succeed. Others who have experienced loss or trauma may find it difficult to verbally engage with a caring adult to work through their pain. Play is the free expression of what is in a child's heart. It is within the safety of a therapeutic child-centered playroom that these children use their natural language of play to heal, build coping skills, and learn to make sense of their world. I have many years of experience engaging with children in a child-centered manner. I compliment the child's work in the playroom by offering support and direction to parents, caregivers and other family members. In addition to play therapy, other counseling options include family systems work, and individual therapy for adolescents and adults that is influenced by person-centered and cognitive-behavioral approaches.
Ohio State University
Association for Play Therapy
National Association of Social Workers
ADHD, Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse & Neglect, Family, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Advocacy, Behavioral, Cognitive/Behavioral, Crisis Intervention, Humanistic, Parent Guidance, Play Therapy, Relational, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Social Support
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