More about me and the work that I do
I'm a big fan of sensitive parents
I love working with parents and kids and built my clinical practice supporting struggling families.
In my work as a therapist I’ve realized that the best, most effective way to help children is to help their parents, which is why I’ve created this psychoeducation program. I give you the tools and support to create a research-informed, effective intervention so for the benefit of their anxious child. We pull in lots of resources so that you feel informed and empowered to support your anxious child or teen.
The wonderful parents I work with are highly attuned, thoughtful, and intense parents who are really hard on themselves. Just like their kids.
And I'm a big fan of sensitive kids
I always used to say that every child I see in my office is either anxious or angry — and all the angry ones are really anxious.
Anxiety can create a score of behavior problems. Anxious kids may avoid new events, not let their parents out of their sight (even to go to sleep or go to the bathroom), and tantrum if any little thing goes wrong. They don’t WANT to be that way — they just don’t know how NOT to be that way.
If you have an anxious child, you’re probably exhausted, depleted, guilt-stricken and worried. But here’s the good news: It’s NOT your fault and there IS help.
My masters is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton. I am trained in the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) method, and Exposure Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have post-grad certification in Infant-Toddler Mental Health from Arcadia University, and completed the certification training for postpartum mood disorders through Postpartum Support International.
My work is further informed by my time as a parent educator for the Oregon State Extension Services and as an instructor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for the Ohio State University.
I have also worked as a preschool teacher, school age childcare site director, and family case manager.