My approach to therapy is integrative and I draw on different theories based on the needs of my client. In my work with adolescents and adults, I utilized a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. CBT allows for the identification of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are affecting your view of yourself, others and the world around you. In recognizing the impact of your negative belief system and how these beliefs developed, only then can you allow yourself to change. I also utilize expressive therapy techniques (art and sandtray) and Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT).
In my work with children, I utilized child centered play therapy (CCPT) techniques as well as directive approaches in order to better understand your child and lead them to a healthier way of living. Since very few children can talk about their problems or what is bothering them, the use of child play therapy allows them to play things out. Play, for children, is often their form of communication and way of learning. For more information about child play therapy, click Why Play Therapy or let Andrew tell you about child play therapy. I also incorporate parents and siblings in the therapy process; after all, a child is part of the family system.
In addition, I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR has been proven to help in the treatment of trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, addictions, disturbing memories, grief and much more.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), credentialed by the Association for Play Therapy. I graduated from Regent University’s CACREP accredited Master’s Program in Counseling. I currently practice in Bethesda, MD; and surrounding areas.
Although I’ve always known that I wanted to work in the mental health field, it wasn’t until I had an established career in a different field that I found my calling. As I did some volunteer work, I found myself drawn to children who seemed to have struggles that their peers didn’t exhibit. That’s when I went back to school to get my degree and then furthered it by getting my RPT.
Over the past several years, I have worked with children, adolescents and adults in residential treatment centers, in-home counseling environments, outpatient mental health clinics and now in private practice. I’ve worked with clients going through adjustment issues, behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief and relational issues.
I’m a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC) and a member of the local Maryland and DC Association for Play Therapy.