Heart in Hands

One size does not fit all.

Every person and family is different. So, I approach each one in its own unique way. Some of the modalities that I incorporate into my work with families include. 

One size does not fit all.

Every person and family is different. So, I approach each one in its own unique way. Some of the modalities that I incorporate into my work with families include. 

Where parents are coached and supported in understanding the story their child is telling him/her self and then together helping create a new adaptive story.

A time of helping family members find delight, connectedness, and healing through play.

Therapy for young children from birth through age five and their parents/caregivers

  • Supports family strengths and relationships
  • Helps families heal and grow after a stressful experience
  • Respects family and cultural values

EMDR was designed to help alleviate the distress that can come with reprocessing traumatic memories. The goal of EMDR therapy is to reformulate negative beliefs hindering personal growth, relieve the distress caused by trauma, and reduce the heightened physiological arousal that comes with traumatic memories. 

In short, EMDR aims to heal psychological trauma the same way our body can heal from physical trauma.

Sand tray therapy is a technique of play therapy using sand and a variety of miniatures and toys to build scenes or create stories within a tray filled with sand. It provides a method of communication that is beneficial to children that do not respond to more traditional forms of therapy, or for young children who process best by play-based approaches. Since the brain processes images first and then attaches language to it, sand tray therapy is able to work around the defenses people may put up in the more cognitive part of the brain. This method of therapy serves as an effective and powerful outlet for children and offers an insightful method of gaining access to their challenging experiences, in order to move towards them and heal.

Presentations

Trainings

Workshops

My heart’s desire is to see those who love and work with children, especially children who have had hard starts to life, look beyond behaviors to understand what is happening in the brain and body! I speak first as a mother of 4, 3 through birth and 1 through international adoption and then as a therapist. I consider every speaking opportunity a privilege not to be wasted but a moment to be seized. I am experienced at leading the TBRI caregiver series in person and online. Also, I have designed and presented workshops to meet the specific needs of many different organizations including preschool, elementary and middle school staff, adoption staff, foster care workers, and children’s homes staff. I often speak to faith-based organizations sharing my testimony and God’s faithfulness to our family helping us to see the beauty in the hard. Other Workshop topics include the following: