We all want the best for our kids. We want them to grow up to be successful and happy. We also want to have to help them achieve their happy, responsible life while also growing our relationship with them. My approach with child and adolescent therapy starts with a strong, healthy relationship and builds from there. I’m not here to “fix” kids but to help them find solutions to their problems and grow into their best selves. Childhood and the tween and teen years carry with them their own unique challenges and counseling at Smithson Counseling focuses not on pathologizing your child or your family but finding their greatest strengths to build and grow the best they possibly can.

Methods and Models

As I stated above, I use a strengths and evidence based approach to working with kids, adults and families alike. Some of the methods, models and therapeutic techniques that I use include…

  • Directive & Non-directive Play Therapy
    • Art
    • Music
    • Sand tray
    • Other traditional play methods
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (For trauma related issues, phobias and anxiety)
  • Narrative and Bibliotherapy
  • Solutions Focused
  • Goal Directed skills training
  • Incorporated Parent Training