Children are in the process of developing the ability to express their concerns through words. While they are growing into these skills, play is a crucial way that children learn and communicate. 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 uses both directive and non-directive play therapy approaches, and is currently in the process of becoming 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 to learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors.
Michelle believes that parents and caregivers are experts on their own children, and are thus an essential part of a child’s therapy process. During every play therapy session, Michelle provides guidance and support to empower parents to maximize their child’s growth and healing.
Michelle works with children through age 12 for a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns.
She specializes in working with children with brain-based differences, including sensory issues, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).