Young children we are limited in the ways to get others to understand them, whether expressing their needs, desires, concepts or understanding of the world around them. Like the old fairy tales, children often leave “breadcrumbs” to guide the adults to what they wish to make known. It is only with practice that adults can understand where children want to lead them. I feel that children are very alert to what is happening and simply interpret these things in the concrete way they view the world.
Thus, it is my job to be curious about everything they are trying to share and to intuit to the best of my ability the actual message as they reach for help. They are doing their best to make sense of this most confusing world we call reality. Therefore, my learning about them through play, art, and sand tray adventures allows me to accurately interpret meaning that assists them in getting their messages across. This communication is for the most important persons in their lives, their parents. In doing this we can enlist the parent in explaining to other persons like schoolmates, teachers, and administrators why we need their help to get through the day, and what that might look like.
In my ten years in practice, my love for working with children has not stopped me from working with teens, adults, and couples, for we all have issues that cause us to become impetuous, jump at the slightest intrusion into our space, totally not get the person we have shared our life with thus far, or find ourselves unrecognizable in our self-loathing. All of these are symptoms are deeper things that need to be dealt with as completely as possible. And here is where I can be of help. Exploring the how, when, where and why of life and helping you get a firm footing is what I do best. Whether you are needing coping skills, understanding reasons behind estrangement, or searching for alternative ways to reach your goals; this exploration affords me the opportunity to meet those needs to the best of my ability and share this journey with you.
My master’s degree in education majoring in Clinical Counseling is from Sol Ross State University. My bachelor’s degree in Spanish is from Texas Tech University. Having been a high school Spanish teacher, I found the frustration of trying to reach students well out of the age for real language acquisition. The ideal age is actually very young, around the age of three to six. It was obvious to see that getting most things started early in life could result in a more comprehensive solution. Therefore, my favoring working with younger children has become my life’s work. Let me share the precious time with your youngsters. Allow for the ideal time to make a difference in their all too brief childhoods. The most difficult part is seeking assistance early to form skills that can last a lifetime. I would be honored to assist with your understanding of the needs experienced by your child ages three through six, six through twelve, and throughout teen and adult years for you and those with whom you share a relationship.