As a Certified Trauma Specialist, I am well-versed in evidence-based trauma treatments for both children and adolescents, and have had years of experience treating single, multiple, and complex trauma and PTSD.
When working with young children, I utilize play therapy to help children heal from traumatic life experiences, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and witnessing domestic violence. Through play, children are able to express and explore traumatic memories in a safe and trusting environment. Children are able to externalize their experiences and gain distance from traumatic memories by projecting their feelings and experiences onto the toys, through which they can be understood and processed therapeutically, creating a sense of mastery over the trauma.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
When working with older children and adolescents, I utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment that helps resolve emotional and behavioral difficulties stemming from traumatic experiences. It is a structured, short-term treatment model (8-25 sessions) that incorporates both individual and family sessions, with the goal of returning to pre-trauma functioning and improving cognitive, affective, and behavioral trauma symptoms such as depression, anxiety and aggression.
Yoga and Mindfulness
I have a strong background in Yoga and am a certified Yoga Instructor, with a specialization in teaching yoga to children. Depending on the individual and the treatment goals, I will often incorporate yoga, breathing techniques and mindfulness into therapy.
Young children will learn different breathing techniques, yoga poses, visualization exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation to utilize as coping skills to help them manage anxiety, depression, aggression, sensory difficulties and hyperactivity.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which is an evidence-based practice that combines traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with dialectical philosophy and Eastern mindfulness practice. DBT helps adolescents learn coping skills and healthy, adaptive behaviors, to reduce self-destructive behaviors and maladaptive thought patterns. It is especially helpful in treating depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors.