Beginnings and Beyond Counseling
5666 Lincoln Drive,
Edina, MN 55436
Experiences in childhood set the stage for lifelong mental health. I enjoy working with children on the adoption permanency spectrum and their caregivers in finding healthy solutions to the challenges they face. When working with children I utilize play therapy, an approach that allows children to express themselves through their natural language of play. When given a safe space to play freely children are better able to integrate their experiences in order to grow and heal.
I work closely with parents and caregivers throughout the therapy process. Through our work I hope to support and strengthen parent child relationships and promote lasting positive changes that will lead to greater joy for families.
Some of the issues that I can support children on the adoption permanency spectrum in working through are processing trauma and grief, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem, transitions, and child- caregiver attachment/ relationships. I can see clients both individually and/or in family sessions depending on the need of the child. It is likely that both family and individual sessions will be utilized throughout the treatment process.
I believe that therapy should be fun and engaging for both children and their caregivers! It is a privilege to provide a space for kids and families to increase emotional expression, increase their ability to cope, develop stronger relationships and increase confidence and self-awareness.
Service Location: Office Based In-Home
Languages Spoken: English
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19-25)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Circle of Security
Attachment Based Play Therapy
Sand Tray Therapy
updated Spring 2021