***My therapy practice is currently full, so I am not accepting new clients at this time.*** If you are looking for therapy for your child, I would encourage you to reach out to Thriveworks Counseling, or another local mental health agency to see if they have openings for new clients. You can also reach out to your insurance company, or your child’s primary care physician to ask for a list of therapists in the area who might have openings for new clients.

I believe we all have within us the ability to discover solutions to our own problems. Often times children and teens need more direction and guidance as they work towards overcoming life’s challenges. I help children, teens, and their families develop the skills necessary to effectively manage their emotions, maintain positive and meaningful relationships and become their best selves.

What is your training?

I received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2010. I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Colorado and Oregon. Through my background and training I have come to value a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to therapy. I utilize a strengths-based, goal-oriented approach, which includes strategies from solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy as well as various dialectical behavior therapy skills. My training and work experiences have given me the opportunity to help children and teens to better manage their behavior and mental health difficulties as well as to work with parents and families to improve family dynamics.

What experience do you have working with children and teens?

I have extensive experience with children with behavioral and mental health difficulties. I have worked in a residential treatment center for children and teens as well as in a shelter for at-risk youth. I have been a child and family therapist in a community mental health agency where I primarily worked with boys with various mental health diagnoses. This included family therapy and parent coaching. In addition, I have experience working closely with middle schools and high schools, helping families coordinate appropriate services for their children/teens so that their academic and mental health needs are met in the school environment.

I also co-own Mental Health Center Kids, where we provide mental health worksheets, therapy handouts, therapy office wall decor, and other therapeutic digital download resources for kids and teens.