Play is a crucial way that children learn and express themselves. Play therapists are licensed mental health professionals who are trained to use play to assist children to heal and to learn new ways of coping with challenges.
Michelle is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist. Synergetic Play Therapists believe that “the therapist is the most important toy in the playroom.” Through her relationships with child clients, she helps children learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors.
Michelle works with children with a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. She accepts children up to age 12 as new clients.
She specializes in working with neurodivergent children (children with brain-based differences), including sensory issues, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Michelle believes that parents and caregivers are experts on their own children, and are thus an essential part of a child’s therapy process. By working collaboratively, the short amount of time that she is able to spend with your child can have the greatest possible impact following therapy sessions.
Michelle provides guidance and support to empower parents to maximize their child’s growth and healing. You can expect to spend 10 minutes with her each time your child comes to an appointment. If your child is unable to wait independently, phone calls or virtual meetings can be scheduled to discuss the progress your child is making. Monthly parent meetings outside of your child’s therapy time are also available.