Little by Little Counseling
for kids & caregivers
I became a believer in the power of play therapy after witnessing the amazing progress of young clients with a variety of distressing behaviors related to developmental delays, anxiety, depression, defiance, anger, and trauma. I even use the techniques with my own son with a disability. The process of play therapy forms the basis of what may be currently known as conscious parenting. It is a deceptively simple, yet enormously effective intervention and can help shine a spotlight on subtle variables creating distress, allowing the child, caregivers, and clinician to work together to make small adjustments to find relief and practice the changes to maintain it.
I am a clinically trained Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor holding a Master of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and receiving clinical supervision for LCPC credentialing. I served clinical internships at Johns Hopkins Bayview Preschool Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program and College Park Youth and Family Services, plus worked as a school-based clinician in a Baltimore City Public School. For pediatrician Dr. M. Velez at Johns Hopkins Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, I assisted with weekly parent skill building groups.
My work as a clinician is informed by a lengthy career in disability and education advocacy. In 2003 and 2004, a colleague in education and I were awarded two grants by Maryland State Department of Education to implement a state-wide training initiative for improving school inclusion. Our program “Families and Professionals United” received an Education Advocacy Award in 2005 by the Baltimore County Commission on Disability.
I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, and serve on a variety of boards and committees for organizations in my community.