As a child, I wanted to feel heard, loved and understood. It is a basic fundamental need although not consistent in some families. As a counselor, I understand the challenges children and teens face and I am passionate about helping them find their voice. Utilizing Play Therapy, I seek to understand and provide coping techniques to overcome life’s challenges while we play. Children and teens undergo changes in circumstances related to physical and emotional development, family changes, school challenges, communication with parents and trauma. I understand the importance of play throughout the life long development. I can help children and teens restore connections to themselves, the family unit and their friendships.
After receiving my bachelors degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, I entered the counseling profession to expand upon my passion for helping children and teens. I am an intern therapist studying at Ottawa University. While in the process of receiving my bachelors degree, I worked at the Child Development Lab at Arizona State University for three years. I was able to assess the social, emotional and physical development of each child. The Child Development Lab provided me with the knowledge of normative development in children. Recently I worked for the Department of Child Safety as a case manager assisting children and families in obtaining resources to stabilize the family unit. Although, I loved the position I held, I was not able to provide individual guidance towards healing for children and families. As a counselor I will be able to facilitate that healing in the child as well as the family.