Working with children and families is my passion; throughout my time as a social worker I have worked with a variety of family structures- biological, foster, adoptive, step-parents, grandparents and kinship caregivers- and understand that each have similarities as well as their very own unique differences. No two children nor no two families are identical and the roadmap to healing in the therapeutic setting will be carefully assessed to reflect each of these unique individualized needs. I have a wide range of experience working with youth and families who have experienced trauma and understand that trauma comes in many different forms and can manifest in a variety of ways- both internally and externally. It’s not what’s WRONG with you, it’s what’s HAPPENED to you; making steps to find the right therapist is important. You should never be made to feel ashamed for your life experiences and the impact that such experiences may have on your child’s or your own current functioning.
I am a strong believer in the power of play and the role that play has in healing trauma. I am also a strong believer in the power of connection. As a parent or caregiver you will hold a critical role in your child’s therapeutic journey and active participation is strongly encouraged.
Play therapy can often be misunderstood; perhaps you have never heard of “play” in therapy and wonder what all of this is about. I encourage you to please follow the below links to learn more about the process of play therapy and what to expect, both as a child or adolescent reading this as well as a parent or caregiver.
child-s-play-how-play-therapy-works– Child’s play, how play therapy works
https://www.a4pt.org/page/ParentsCornerHomePag– what is play therapy?
Play is not only engrained in my professional life but also in my personal life as I have two children ages 2 and 5 and I am a step-mother to two children ages 19 and 21. My husband and I live in Bennington, Ne and are also blessed with two grandchildren.