Play therapy

Every child is unique and therapy should be tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.  I work from an integrative framework that pulls on many different therapeutic approaches depending on the needs of the client. 

For children, play is their language and toys are their words. Using this language, play therapy teaches children how to process traumatic events, express themselves in a healthy, respectful manner, and discover new ways to problem solve. At New Directions Healing Center, children are able to use the language of play to express feelings too deep for their words to explain. 

Play therapy can be client-directed or therapist-directed. I draw on advanced training in both to help kids process the events of their lives and the feelings they experience.

Couples counseling

When working with couples, I rely heavily on the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. The Gottman Method is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970s and continues to this day. Gottman’s research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes a “nuts and bolts” approach to improving clients’ relationships 

This method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage “resolvable problems” and dialogue about “gridlocked” (or perpetual) issues. We will work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.

Individual therapy

When working with individuals, I draw on the theories of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy. My individual work focuses on helping clients examine the roots of patterns of thinking and interacting that are not working for them and replacing those with patterns that are more helpful.

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213 E. 2nd St.
Fairmont, MN 56031
(507) 848-1026

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