My practice is shaped by my passion for working with young children and their families, and in the strong belief in the healing powers of play. My hope is that children will feel a sense of belonging as they enter Umbrella Bay Therapy, viewing it as a space where they feel safe, seen, and valued. Utilizing play, creative arts, and sandtray, I provide the medium they need to express themselves in a way that matches their developmental stage in life.
I believe a positive therapeutic relationship is essential for healing and growth. My approach to helping children and families move toward greater emotional well-being and connection is rooted in providing a safe, non-judgmental space. I view the therapeutic relationship as interpersonally dynamic, where my role is to honor and respect the client’s own ability and potential to arrive at solutions to their challenges. My goal is to view each client uniquely with warmth and compassion, while providing playful, creative, strength-based techniques. Although my therapeutic approach stems from Person Centered theory, it is also heavily influenced in the understanding of interpersonal neurobiology. Additionally, where developmentally appropriate, I will at times utilize techniques pulled from Cognitive-Behavioral theory. These techniques are most often in the form of Psychoeducation with the purpose of supporting the client’s goals.
I view parents/caregivers as an important part of the treatment process and carve out space to meet with them routinely so that they may feel supported throughout their child’s treatment. It is in these sessions where we will merge your expertise of your child and my training in child development to gain greater understanding of the current difficulties and explore ways to strengthen the special bond you have with your child.
Finding a therapist that best matches your child’s/family’s needs is paramount. I offer a complimentary 20 minute in-office or phone consultation so that we can discuss our goodness of fit. During this 20-minute time, I not only encourage you to consider if my services are what you are looking for, but also if you feel I am someone you and your child could feel comfortable working with.
A thorough assessment is a crucial first step in the treatment process. I do this session with caregivers only and set aside 90 minutes for this time to discuss presenting concerns and gain an understanding of your child’s experience and development. I believe that it is important to view a child and family holistically so that a treatment plan may be developed that addresses the child’s unique experience. It is through this assessment that we may discover the importance for further assessment, or a referral to another professional, such as an Occupational Therapist. Individual therapy sessions, play or parent/caregiver support, are generally 50 minutes in length.
I do not bill insurance providers. However, I can provide you with a superbill that you may be able to submit to your insurance for reimbursement if you so choose. Many insurance providers do provide coverage for a portion of mental health services. If this is something you are interested in, I encourage you to contact your insurance provider to learn more about your options. The following are some questions you may ask:
- What are my out of network, out-patient mental health benefits when seeing a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?
- Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Provider (PCP) to receive mental health services?
- Does pre-certification apply? (i.e., does the insurance company have to approve the treatment prior to starting services). You may also want to clarify the details of your deductible, including how much it is, if you have met your deductible thus far, and when it restarts.
90 Minute Session$180
50 Minute Session$120