Philosophy / Approach

I use a relationship based psychodynamic approach to therapy using dramatic tools to reach children and adolescents for whom traditional talk therapy is less effective.  In addition I provide services for adults, families, caretakers, educators, and professional providers who are seeking increased capacities for healthy relationships, emotional growth, and innovative therapeutic and educational techniques. My interventions are creative, individualized, and play-based taking each client’s unique profile, learning style, sensory processing, emotional needs, and regulatory issues into account.  I also make use of cognitive behavioral techniques, group dynamics, and family systems work.

Group work:

The Social Skills through Drama program combines theater games and exercises used to strengthen assertiveness, communication, empathy, initiation, social cueing, flexibility, collaboration and compromise with the developmental milestones created by Drs. Stanley Greenspan & Serena Weider in their DIR (Developmental, Individualized, Relational) theory of child development.

Group work focuses on children birth to 13 years old with developmental challenges (Autistic Spectrum, PDD, ADHD, Sensory regulatory disorders, NLD, and Anxiety Disorders) who have considerable challenges learning to relate and communicate.

  • Children ages birth to 3 work on strengthening attachment and attunement through parent/child play groups with a primary care giver.
  • Children ages 4-5 strengthen social skills and prepare for school based peer play by beginning the process of individuation with partial parent/peer groups.
  • School aged children up to age 13 are separated into peer groups based on social needs and developmental capacities.  All children are screened prior to placement to find an appropriate play-group.

The families of these children are included in the process of therapy by communicating directly with the therapist either as a participant in a play group or parent coffee club, or by the de-briefings following each peer only group.  Many of families also seek assistance with stress, exhaustion, broken marriages, sibling relationships, anxiety, grief, and/or depression.