Human children are the only mammals born unable to walk. The complete and necessary care required from day one, makes raising a child unique to all other animals on this planet. We, as parents, must nurture a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral development. But we don’t do it alone. It is also the community that radically impacts our children. While families may look very different from one another, a child’s first exposure is its family; this is the child’s first community. Beyond the family is the larger community: extended family, friends, neighbors, daycare, schools and practitioners. Because these significant and necessary influences shape our children, they must be explored and engaged with for true understanding and eventually healing. When we see the child as part of a larger picture, it becomes clear that we must engage all parts of the child’s world for true understanding.

My goal is to join with your family to treat the whole child: at the individual level, in the familial context and by engaging with his/her entire environment. The relationship between a therapist and a client is paramount in effecting therapeutic change. By providing a safe, nurturing, informed environment children learn and grow. By relating professionally with interdisciplinary supports, children thrive.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

— Albert Einstein