Knowing when or how to get your child or teen support can be an incredibly challenging task. They may be reluctant to engage in treatment or feel nothing is wrong. Reaching out for help can be an intimidating process that can be hard to begin, or you may not know where to start. Being uncertain is normal, and we can partner to determine the best needs for your child or teenager. Your child or teen has many strengths and gifts that can be fostered and developed.

We can work together to help your child reach their full potential and be accountable for their actions. It is vital that your child or teen feel empowered, connected, and hopeful in their ability to make changes and grow. Children and teens need to be actively involved in their treatment. Through a collaborative partnership, in which they have autonomy and the ability to make changes, we can work together to help them thrive.

After being able to seek help as a teenager myself when I needed it, I know how important it is to find someone who can connect and partner with your teens or children. Since then, I have been passionate about helping young people and have worked with children and teens for over seven years, starting with my internship at the Winthrop Community outpatient clinic. I have worked with children and teens in outpatient, home, and hospital settings. Through these experiences, I have developed a therapeutic approach incorporating acceptance and commitment skills, cognitive flexibility, mindfulness, motivational interviewing (MI), and a person-centered approach that can be adapted to your child’s or teen’s needs. I have also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and I incorporate it into treatment to help young people overcome many overwhelming emotions. I have had the privilege of co-authoring the CLIMB parent support manual. I have also received my certification in Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist Intensive Training (ASDCS). As a former athlete, I am passionate about helping young athletes navigate sports and mental health.

Experience

  • B.A. in Psychology from Queens University of Charlotte
  • Played soccer at Queens University of Charlotte
  • M.Ed., in Community Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University
  • Co-Authored Parent-Group activity and work-book for The Children’s Tree House Foundation CLIMB program
  • Has experience working with teens and adults in emergency department and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings as well as community settings serving teens and adults with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Trained in Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Areas of Expertise

  • ADHD / ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotion dysregulation in children and teens
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Trauma

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