- Attachment insecurity
- Child behavior/defiance
- Chronic illness and pain
- Eating and body image
- Grief and loss
- Impulse control
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Low self-esteem
- Medical regimen compliance
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Postpartum anxiety and depression
- School refusal
- Academic anxiety and performance
- Assertiveness and confidence
- Blended families
- Communication skills
- Conflict management
- Divorce recovery
- Emotional regulation
- Social development/interpersonal skills
- Relationships/family discord
- Life Transitions and adjustments
- Stress management
- Time management
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Master of Social Work
- Registered Play Therapist, 2006
- Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, 2008
- Trauma Focused CBT
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Child-Parent Relationship
- DIR Floortime Model
- Incredible Years Child Training Program
- ALERT Program Certification
- Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care
Helping Clients Thrive
I am a certified play therapist with a passion for reaching out to others to help identify concerns or symptoms before an individual or family experiences a severe loss in functioning. People of all ages encounter struggles and obstacles in their lives. Through the power of a positive therapeutic relationship and fostering the natural resiliency and strengths of an individual and their family, healing will begin. I specialize in working with children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old, adolescents between 13 and 18 and families utilizing play techniques. Play therapy allows me the opportunity to utilize a common language in children, play. This expressive interaction allows a unique opportunity to support children and families in their growth together.
Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
– Association for Play Therapy
I have a collaborative approach and help individuals and families reach their goals, learn coping skills, and enhance interpersonal relationships. I provide the same type of behavioral health services I would want for my loved ones.
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor. In addition, I’m certified as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. I have provided counseling to children and families for the past 23 years. I have worked in a variety of treatment settings: outpatient counseling, integrated behavior health in primary care, school-based counseling, partial hospitalization day treatment for children and adolescents and a residential group home, ages 8-14. I have supervised social work graduate student interns as well as offer licensed therapists supervision towards their certification in play therapy. In my first two years of practice, I worked with adults & couples as well as in a geriatric partial hospitalization program.
I grew up in a Chicago suburb. I met my husband at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, home of the Salukis, in 1991. We have lived in the Cincinnati area with our two daughters and dog, Max, for the last 17 years. Our older daughter attends Ball State studying education and my younger daughter is in middle school and enjoys dancing. Some of my favorite pastimes include: family game night, painting, reading books, watching movies and vacationing near a beach.
You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you know, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin
Enter at the Lobby Entrance of the Offices at Liberty Center and take the elevator up to the third floor. The office is on the left (follow signs for ThrivePointe). When you arrive, check in at the iPad, and grab a beverage while you wait for your therapist.
Free parking is available in the Warehouse Row Garage (behind Cobb Theater) and the surface lots behind the Offices at Liberty Center, which is off of Haskell St. Metered parking is available throughout the property. These meters have a 90-minute limit, and accept coins and credit cards.