I believe that the relationship between caregiver and child is one of the most important bonds we have in life and can have the greatest influence on our development as healthy individuals. Caregivers are charged with providing physical and emotional security but don't always know how to help when their children struggle.
Just like adults, children experience complex emotions and struggle to deal with painful events. As a play therapist, I want to help children work through their feelings in the context of a safe, warm, caring relationship. In the play therapy environment, children can feel accepted while they learn how to express and understand their emotions and practice self-regulation. My goal is to include parents/primary caregivers in the healing process and to facilitate growth in these relationships.
Working with children and their parents has been a passion of mine from an early age. I remember working for neighbors as a “mother’s helper” before I was old enough to babysit on my own and continued to care for children as a nanny and preschool teacher while finishing my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2011 and worked as a play therapist in private practice throughout the DFW/Denton area, specializing in play therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Training. When my son was born in 2015 I took an extended break to be a full time stay-at-home parent and am excited to begin working again as a professional counselor.