Children make sense of the world through play and become more capable and confident when they have the chance to process their experiences and emotions this way. I appreciate the opportunity to get to know children through play and help them learn to identify their emotions, work through challenges and become more resilient.
Through my experience working in early childhood and as a parent, I recognize each child learns their own ways of coping with and facing difficult emotions and situations. I have learned that being present, compassionate and accepting of who and where children are can have a large impact on their ability to learn and use self-regulation skills. I have seen the impact that early intervention can have on children as they gain the confidence and ability to face challenges and difficult emotions and gain coping skills that will help them for life.
I have over 10 years experience as an early childhood specialist, providing therapy, early intervention and parent education. I use a child-centered play therapy approach when working with children, and I provide therapy, parent coaching, support and community resources to parents and families. I have experience working with and not limited to anxiety, oppositional behaviors, selective mutism, autism, confidence issues, depression, and children who are experiencing difficult transitions such as divorce, death, moving, and changing households. My focus is on working with children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers.
Education and Experience:
University of Florida: BS in Family Youth in Community Sciences and BA in English
George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University: MSW
10 years experience working as an early childhood specialist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri: License Number: 2011030877