Treatment Approach

I provide treatments that are supported by science. This means that our work together will be guided by what researchers suggest is effective for your concern. By using principles from these studies and applying them in an individualized way, each treatment is unique and as rapid and effective as possible. My treatment philosophy is cognitive-behavioral, meaning I believe that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all relate to one another. As a result I’m active in session (I’ll tell you what I’m thinking), I focus on the here-and-now (while acknowledging the past when it is relevant), and I rely on collaboration with my clients. This collaboration means two things:1) we work together to find what is right for you in our sessions and 2) you implement change outside of sessions to test out new approaches to challenging situations.

What to expect – Child anxiety, OCD, and related disorders

If you are reading this, you may be a child thinking about working with me and wondering about what coming to see me would include more exactly. After getting to know one other, we’d learn all about anxiety – like how common it is and how it shows up in our bodies. Then, we’d work on learning some skills to help you boss back your anxiety when it shows up and gets in the way of life. After you’ve learned some good skills, we would start working together as slowly as necessary to do the things that anxiety has made difficult (because, it’s doing these hard things that keeps anxiety from coming back again and again). How much your parents are involved totally depends on how anxiety is showing up for you. Perhaps we will ask them to do fun things like reward you for working hard when you come to see me. Perhaps we will ask them to act in a certain way so they can support you bossing back your anxiety. Our goal would be to get you feeling better and on with your life as soon as possible!

 
What to expect – child behavior problems

If your child is struggling with behaving at home, it’s important to avoid blaming yourself. Some children need specific environments to succeed, and our work will be in equipping you on how to provide that environment. Once I understand your child, what works well for your family, and what hasn’t worked for your family, I will offer you specific parenting skills to consistently implement at home. We may practice implementing these skills in session with your child present. If your child is struggling with behavior problems elsewhere, for example at school in addition to at home, we will work to see how we can create the right environment for success in that context, too.

 
What to expect – medications

As a psychologist, I do not prescribe medications. Many children succeed in therapy without the use of medications. Other children have symptoms that are so pronounced they interfere with treatment or their quality of life. I am happy to discuss medications, and for families for which medication can help, I am further happy to collaborate with or recommend a great psychiatrist (who does prescribe medications) in the Seattle area.