Over 17 years experience working with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma.
Sand Tray Therapy
Sand Tray Therapy is a form of expressive therapy used with children, youth and adults. It has the potential to provide opportunities to bring one’s inner and outer world alive, in the safety of the boundaries and containment of the sand tray. Scenes created in the sand, with the use of various miniature figurines may act as a reflection of one’s inner life, permitting clients the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and facilitate healing.
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), is an evidence-based, psycho-spiritual approach to therapy developed by Richard Schwartz. The IFS model of therapy offers both a non-pathologizing, and empowering therapeutic framework for clients. IFS is a therapeutic model that supports us to turn inwards, and cultivate the most significant relationship in our lives, the relationship with ourselves. For more information on IFS, please visit, www.selfleadership.org
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, EMDR
EMDR is a therapeutic intervention developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, designed to support individuals to heal from trauma or adverse events. EMDR therapy is an evidence-based approach and included in SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
EMDR therapy has not only been used with adults, but also children and adolescents presenting with a wide array of challenges including post traumatic stress, anxiety, phobias, and depression. For further detailed information on EMDR, please visit emdr.com or the EMDR International Association
The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
I am certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). The NMT was developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. The NMT is a developmentally-informed, biologically respectful approach to working with children and youth who have experienced developmental trauma. It does not involve a specific treatment or therapeutic intervention but rather, provides a neurological, developmental, relational, and trauma-informed framework to help organize a child/youth’s history and current functioning. Through the use of a structured assessment, I am able to identify key areas of concern or challenge for client’s, highlight client’s strength’s, and subsequently, weave-in therapeutic interventions that best meet the needs of the child/youth. For further information on the NMT (TM), please visit www.childtrauma.org