As a graduate with a Master of Social Work, I now have over eight years of clinical and non-clinical experience working with families. I have explored, analyzed, and used effective interventions for families, couples, and individuals based on what I've experienced as a nanny, child behavior specialist, social worker, and mental health...
As a graduate with a Master of Social Work, I now have over eight years of clinical and non-clinical experience working with families. I have explored, analyzed, and used effective interventions for families, couples, and individuals based on what I've experienced as a nanny, child behavior specialist, social worker, and mental health therapist. Additionally, I specialize in working with children and adolescents struggling with defiance, neuro-diverse difficulties/differences, trauma, and general anxiety/depression. I use somatic experiencing techniques, DBT, CBT, ( EMDR if the client is an appropriate fit for this modality), and interpersonal processing mostly, among a few other techniques. I also work with adults and I believe trust and rapport are the foundational elements that make a therapeutic journey successful.
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Should I Hide my Negative Emotions from my Kids? A Family Therapist's Response

For generations, we have been taught to hide our emotions unless they are easy to digest for those around us. Smiles are socially acceptable, laughter as a response to witty banter.  However, whe...

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10 Fun Fall Activities to Do with your Toddler

1.  Cereal Bird Feeders My almost 2-year-old and our amazing childcare provider last week came up with a great way to recycle old cereal, particularly the fruit loops I had craved for one ni...

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Is It Bullying or Is It Communicating?

Have you ever gotten the dreaded message, whether in an email, text message, or on an app from your child's school or daycare wanting to discuss their behaviors toward other children?  You notice...

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It's Okay to Clean ... or Not, The Kids Will Be Alright

As we end or begin our day with some casual social media scrolling, particularly in any of the parent direction sections, there is one particular category of articles that seems to continuously resurf...

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Factitious Disorder by TikTok- How it is Affecting our Kids

We are all aware of the many facets of TikTok.  Some users post recipes, parenting hacks, musical singalongs, dance videos etc.  However, there is a darker side to TikTok that can lead us do...

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How to Listen to Your Teenager

In the present society, it is so easy for teenagers to tune out the world around them and immerse themselves into their world.  A lot of times for us parents, this can look us feeling like we hav...

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Toddler Behaviors and Emotions-Hurt Feelings

Toddler behaviors can leave a lot of parents scratching their heads for answers. 

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Linda and Bob Belcher: Parenting with a Side of Fries

A lot of parents on various television shows have been idealized as THE parents, but the winners of embracing unique family values, patience for childhood antics, AND all the while balancing a marriage within a family business are the Belchers!

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Co-parenting With A Narcissist

Co-parenting already brings with it unique challenges, but co-parenting with a narcissist? It may feel at times like you are trying to run a marathon through quicksand!

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What Does it mean to be Neurodiverse?

We have heard the term neurodiverse being used in association with the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other neurodevelopmental diagnoses, but what do they truly mean and more importantly, what do they mean to those with these diagnostic labels as well as the people in their life who care for them?

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Mental Illness and Abusive Behavior in Relationships

It's important to take note of how mental illness can be associated with childhood trauma and learned maladaptive behaviors, but how much of those symptoms are attributed to abusive behavior, if at all?

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What Is Gaslighting And What Can You Do About It?

Most of us are familiar with the act of gaslighting if we have ever been in an abusive relationship, but a lot of us aren't quite sure what that term exactly entails.

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How Can Parents Encourage Their Reluctant Teens To Open Up?

So you've noticed your teen beginning to withdraw from things they normally enjoy. You've also noticed they've become angrier and are having more outbursts at home.

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The True Realities of Being Postpartum, Let's Talk About It

We have all heard of the 'post-baby blues' but how many of us have been able to discuss the true realities of being postpartum, especially the things generally considered taboo or 'hush hush?'

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