Services

I believe everyone can find their strength within and fulfill their potential. I have helped children, adolescents, and families:

  • Build and maintain healthier relationships.
  • Reduce arguments.
  • Eliminate power struggles with loved ones.
  • Process difficult or traumatic experiences.
  • Feel better!

I have a unique knack in being able in connecting with kids and adults on their journey to eliminate anxiety, worry, sadness, grief, and depression from their lives. I work closely with parents by providing parenting feedback or helping them overcome individual difficulties.

I can listen carefully and engage thoughtfully; individuals often seek me out when they feel stuck in their day-to-day lives. By helping them adjust and respond to stress, they can move toward a more balanced, peaceful, and fulfilling life.

Call me now to set up a free confidential face to face consultation to discuss your concerns to see If I am a good fit to meet the needs of your family, or use the contact form on this site by clicking the button below.

Being a Registered Play Therapist is a specialty that significantly different from other forms of counseling. The Registered Play Therapist is trained not just through education, but through clinical supervision to home in on skills to engage in the child’s world through their language. Being trained in other Cognitive Behavioral Techniques allows me to enter the child’s world through play and other structured activities to assist the child in further developing the skills needed to heal.

Anxiety

Children with anxiety are often clingy and worry excessively. They get nervous about not finishing homework or the possibility of a negative consequence (impending doom). Anxious children also struggle with sleep, nightmares, and irregular eating habits. Fortunately, children can learn to manage anxiety! Play Therapy can help children use mindfulness and breathing techniques that allow their bodies to calm down. They can play out their fears and gain mastery over their emotions. Children can share their fears through art, play, and other expressive counseling techniques — and become secure, happy, and anxiety-free!

Child Depression

You may think of sadness and frequent crying when wondering if your child is depressed. But, children often express feelings of depression with other behaviors. Sad or depressed children display higher levels of frustration and anger — and an attempt to regain control, through defiance or aggressiveness can mask their depression. In Play Therapy, children can practice mastery over their emotions and rehearse what happiness, excitement, and being at peace can feel like.

Parental Divorce

During a divorce, children are often worried to express their thoughts because they don’t want to hurt their parent’s feelings. Guilt is also a natural feeling for children of divorced parents. The separation exposes them to realities that are different from the safe and predictable environment they may be used to. As a result, mixed feelings are common, and they almost always lead to behavior issues in children. Play Therapy can help children process their thoughts in a safe environment. At ACAA Counseling I work closely with parents to provide clear and practical feedback on how to help their child cope at home.

ADHD

Children with ADHD struggle with poor decision-making, difficulties managing their emotions, anger outbursts, and much more. Completing tasks that require focus and attention are a constant struggle — and children are often on the go, making sitting down and relaxing nearly impossible. Being a child with ADHD is not easy. But fortunately, counseling can help! Play Therapy uses dynamic activities that teach children to stop and think before acting, develop focusing abilities, follow directions, and manage their emotions.

Behavioral Problems

When children have difficulty regulating their emotions, they often act out, such as becoming angry and defiant, frustrating easily, and struggling to follow directions. Long-term behavior problems in children can also make staying calm and level-headed difficult for parents. Play Therapy can help children with behavior problems learn how to manage their emotions. Dynamic activities help them develop better frustration tolerance, while a combination of counseling and parent coaching can help the entire family regain control — and be peaceful once again.

Attachment Issues

Attachment can affect children in very different ways. Some children detach emotionally from their parents and guardians, don’t seek proximity with them or appear too independent. On the other hand, separation anxiety and extreme clinginess also point to attachment difficulties. Certain Play Therapy activities are especially designed to provide children with experiences that facilitate healthy attachment. At ACAA Counseling I can lead you and your child in fun family therapy activities that foster close relationships. In fact, most parents are blown away by the interactions that Play Therapy facilitates.

Trauma

Each person may feel differently following a traumatic event, whether it was physical abuse, sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence, emotional abuse, neglect, a natural disaster, car accident, medical trauma, the loss of a loved one, or another tragic event. Trauma of other forms of intense stress can mimic other difficulties due to the struggles of concentration, disruptive sleep, detachment, irritability and anger, avoidant behaviors. I have been trained in evidenced based interventions that are clinically proven to help your child and family through this difficult time period.

Call me now to set up a free confidential face to face consultation to discuss your concerns to see If I am a good fit to meet the needs of your family, or use the contact form on this site by clicking the button below.

Insurance

I accept BlueCross BlueShield. I also accept private payment via credit/debit card, or HSA/FSA card, and provide monthly receipts for out-of-network submission. I am willing to assist in any way I can to make this process as smooth as possible, and can answer any questions you have about this part!