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The American Psychological Association (APA) defines “trauma” as a person’s emotional response to an extremely negative or difficult event. In other words, it’s not necessarily the event that defines trauma, it’s how one responds to it. Using this definition, your child might respond to an event that you perceive as insignificant; for example, they might be having a really hard time with their fish dying and you might not define that as traumatic. Other examples of trauma can include: divorce, loss of a significant person, abuse, witnessing abuse, bullying, moving homes/schools, etc. If you think your child is responding to a traumatic event, our therapists use creative interventions to support them through the event and managing emotions related to it.

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I am a therapist and licensed social worker. I specialize in working with children and teens that are struggling to feel confident in their own skin and have trouble fitting in with peers. I have a passion for working with children and teens that are socially isolated, shy, and have low self-esteem. Empowering them to shine as the amazing person they are is a central part of the work we will do together.