I have found that the key to most child-rearing concerns and issues is effectively working with parents through education and support to assist your child to develop the tools and skills to be productive and successful.
We now know that the social and emotional health of children is the most important factor in their development. And that the health and well-being of children’s relationships with their parents or adult care-givers is the number one factor in achieving social and emotional health.
I work with parents through coaching, providing literature and advocacy when needed to achieve this type of relationship with their children.
I developed a 12-week curriculum for children ages 5-8 and 9-12 who live or have lived in high conflict homes.
I love working with adolescents. It is a wonderful time of life where experiences have full impact on teens and seem to have that extra power to shape their future lives. I have a unique ability to connect with many teens and utilize specific cognitive-behavioral techniques including EMDR to great effect.
I have over 25 years experience working with adolescents on issues ranging from self-esteem and anxiety, family relationship issues, and physical and sexual abuse, drug addiction and dating violence. I have been a referral source for many schools in Seattle and participated in developing adolescent curricula for the Seattle Public School District on Healthy Teen Relationships. I have also been a mental health evaluator for teens in King County Detention Youth Services incarcerated on drug and alcohol charges.