A Note for Parents
Welcome. Thank you for being here. I’m so glad to be part of your journey.
In coming to this website, you’re likely seeking help for your child or teen. Perhaps you’ve noticed worrisome behaviors or emotions, or recent changes in mood. Your child may be showing signs of anxiety, lack of control, or disconnectedness. Your teen may be feeling emotionally detached or may be self-harming, or exploring their identity.
I know you’ve been working hard to help your child succeed and grow. Parenting is hard work! Maybe you’ve gotten advice from a doctor or teachers, and you’ve already tried their suggested strategies to curb their behaviors. But you’ve seen that your child or teen needs something different in order to thrive.
Wanting to help and not knowing how to help can feel frustrating and overwhelming. I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone, and that there is hope and there is help for your child or teen.
Therapy is a process of deep healing, strengthening, and personal growth. It will give your child the tools and insights needed to develop empathy, embodiment, self-awareness, and adaptability. It allows your child to more fully access his or her authentic self—which is the key to positive change.
I truly believe that children and teens want to be empowered and authentic. They want to make relationships that are based on trust and integrity. They want to resolve conflict and shame. Yet, sometimes it’s hard to figure these things out—even for adults! And that’s okay. It is my gift and my goal to connect with and guide children and teens through a therapeutic process that helps them develop coping skills, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and self awareness.
My approach is backed by neuroscience and directly engages the brain, targeting the underlying roots of behaviors and emotions. My ultimate goal is to teach children and teens to honor and accept themselves.
I know from personal experience that it can be hard to ask for help. Taking this step for your child—as a loving advocate for your child—is a sign of your strength as parents. You are the most important members of your child’s support team, and I want you to know that I’ll engage you throughout this process.
Let’s get started. To begin, schedule your 20-minute free consultation using the “Request Initial Consult” button below or contact me directly. For more information on how I work with different age groups, please see the services I offer.
I look forward to getting to know you and your family, and I’m honored to be part of your healing journey.
While the below are my focus areas, I also work with a variety of other issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues and behavioral concerns.
Trauma & Abuse
Trauma and abuse can prompt intense reactions and behaviors. When it comes to trauma and abuse, effective treatment reconnects the child to their sense of self and instills them with the belief that they can overcome.
I am trained in EMDR and trauma-informed treatment.
Queer & Trans Affirming
I offer informed and affirming services to the queer and trans population, working with children, teens and families. Whether identity issues are the reason you're seeking therapy or not, you want a therapist who is understanding and considerate of your family.
Adoptions & Foster Care
Adoption and foster care can create complex issues for families to navigate. I address the common issues, including grief & loss, loyalty and differences in culture, while respecting each family's individuality and unique sitution.
I hold a Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families.
What approach do you take in therapy?
My therapy approach integrates elements of Synergetic Play Therapy, Modern Psychoanalysis, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I also offer EMDR therapy. (Not sure what these terms mean? Check out my FAQ's page.) My approach is backed by neuroscience and directly engages the brain, targeting the underlying roots of behaviors and emotions.
"Kathleen has a depth of knowledge of the challenges of young adulthood. She is warm, empathic, attuned and quick to understand the dynamics that block change and what can help effect it."
Sabrina Neu, PsyD.
"Kathleen is keenly attuned to the interpersonal worlds of children, adolescents and young adults. Her peaceful way of engaging with her clients is instantly calming. This depth of connection allows the therapy to begin immediately. I enjoyed working alongside Kathleen at CU Boulder and continue to appreciate my collaboration with her in the community setting."
Jean-Marc C. Wong, M.D.
Thank you for visiting my website and for your interest in working with me. For initial consults, please use the 'Request Appointment' button at the top of this site to schedule.