“When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit.
It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”
I received my Masters level degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton. I moved to Florida a year ago and am working toward state licensure. I am currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, and offer reduced fee services.
My Counseling Approach:
I believe that we need an environment of support, understanding and unconditional acceptance to heal and grow. Therefore my first focus in counseling is on developing a relationship of trust and understanding with my clients.
My second focus is strength. Diagnosis is necessary for insurance reimbursement, but it can be limiting as it focuses on weakness. We are holistic beings. Each of us has many strengths, some of which we may not even have discovered yet.
Thirdly, my focus is pragmatic and positive. I see my clients as people who have the desire to heal and grow. I believe focus on the past is only helpful in the context of providing practical, positive solutions for the future.
Fourthly, my focus is multicultural. As a native European who grew up in the Middle East and moved to the US in her late twenties, I understand that most of us do not fit into an obvious cultural “box.” We are deeply individual beings with unique experiences. Experiences and differences that deserve to be discovered and celebrated.
Fifth, my focus is spiritual. I value all religious experiences as expressions of spiritual growth and seeking. While I hold a Masters degree in Theology I only apply this background in counseling if my clients seek it. I have counseled clients of many different religious backgrounds and honor all beliefs as equal attempts of finding truth and meaning.
I have worked with adults, teenagers, families, young children and couples. During my time at the University of North Texas I had the honor to study under the nationally and internationally renowned play therapists, Drs. Dee Ray, Sue Bratton and Gary Landreth, all authors of many leading textbooks in their field. As a result I especially enjoy play therapy as a way of help young children from an early age heal and avoid the potential pitfalls and pain that could otherwise lay ahead.
Other areas of interest include grief therapy, anxiety, depression, sexual identity as well as functional, healthy living with a focus on nutrition, exercise and wellness. I also spend several years working with older adults and clients facing terminal illness either themselves or within their family.
I am bilingual and can provide counseling services to the German speaking community.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy with minor in Thanatology, University of Rhode Island, Summa Cum Laude
- Master’s Degree in Theology, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Cum Laude
- Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, University of North Texas, Summa Cum Laude
- Registered Mental Health counselor Intern through the State of Florida Health Department
- Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
My husband of 27 years and I moved to Florida a year ago after his retirement. We have two wonderful adult daughters who live in Texas and a beautiful dog who we still get to spoil everyday now that the nest is empty. Fun facts about my past include that I ran a cattle ranch in Texas for two years, and have a lifelong love affair with horses.
Today I enjoy the Florida beach, do yoga every day and try to eat healthy.
What is Child Centered Play therapy:
Children express their feelings through play. In child centered play therapy the therapist meets with your child every week in a specially created play room. Playing with carefully selected toys in an environment of full acceptance created by the therapist allows the child to work through his or her issues. As your child plays the therapist reflects the child’s feelings, helps him or her learn positive self direction and sets limits for inappropriate behavior. The therapist helps your child learn to express feelings in appropriate ways that benefit the whole family. Each child is different in how long play therapy may be needed. Some need more time to adjust and become comfortable in this new environment than others. Expect that your child will be seeing the therapist for ten or more weekly sessions. Consistent attendance are an important factor in progress. The play therapist will meet with you and keep you updated on a regular basis and work with you to answer al of your questions and concerns.