Masters Level Student Intern
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Play Therapy, Child Therapy, Adolescent Therapy, Young Adult Therapy, Family Counseling, Couple's Counseling
I use play as the primary method of communication when working with my young clients in order to increase their skills in the areas of communication, emotional regulation, relationship enhancement, moral judgement, stress management, ego boosting, preparation for life, and self-actualization. Play is not only central, but critical to childhood development. For children, play is a fun, educational, creative, and stress relieving process. It allows them to practice new skills in a way that makes sense to them without the structured confines of “the real world;” at the same time, it gives them a chance to master their worlds as they create, develop, and maintain their own sense of self. Play is a child’s language and toys are the words.
I believe that parent involvement dramatically improves the outcome of play therapy. I support families by fostering a more secure attachment between the parent and child through structure, challenge, engagement, and nurture. Skills that are focused on include structuring skills, empathic listening skills, child-centered imaginary play skills, and limit-setting skills. The goal is to minimize child behavior problems, foster better parent-child exchanges, and work with parents to increase important skills such as how to improve communication, coping, and problem-solving.
As a recently married young person myself, I particularly enjoy working with young couples, whether pre-marital or newly married. I help them navigate challenges, improve communication, and better understand relationship patterns. I also work with individuals, especially those individuals experiencing a quarter life crisis. I offer both in-person counseling and online counseling.
My background is in education where I have spent eight years teaching and working with children from Pre-K through Sixth Grade. Though I enjoyed my years as a teacher, I quickly came to realize that a child’s emotional needs must be met first so that the child can grow to their fullest potential. Wanting to be part of the solution, I returned to graduate school to obtain my Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Therapy. My anticipated graduation date is spring of 2021.
I was born and raised in a small town in Texas before moving to Big D to become a teacher, and ultimately a student intern with Insights. My self-care time includes spending time with my family and friends, reading, working out, and trying out new recipes.
My rate is My rate is $65 for a 50-minute session. I see couples and families for an 80-minute session for $95.. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul. -- Friedrich Froebel