Deirdre is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She provides therapy to children (preschool and school age), adolescents, adults and families. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages dealing with a variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, developmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorders), attachment disorders and issues of trauma and abuse. She has worked for many years with children and families involved in the foster care and adoption systems.
Deidre’s interests include addressing the impact of trauma and loss on the lives of individuals and families and building and supporting strong and healthy attachments. She works with clients addressing issues of mood disorders, grief and loss and developmental disorders.
Her previous work has included residential treatment settings with adolescents and preschool day treatment settings before establishing her private practice.
Practice Focus: Young child to five, Elementary age, Teen, Young Adult, Adult, Family Work, Birth Parent/Birth Family Work
Specialties: FASD, RAD, PTSD, Grief and loss related to adoption, Childhood Depression, Family Work, LGBTQ, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, History of Physical Abuse, History of Sexual Abuse, ADD, Self-Harming Behaviors
Services: Office Based
Philosophy of Practice: “I believe in the importance of strong early relationships and attachements. I believe that every child wants and deserves to have those and the impact of early loss, neglect or trauma can make forming those relationships challenging at times. I work closely with kids and families to understand their developmental stages and current needs to help them be successful. In working with kids and families I stress trust, understand the function of behavior and working to meet kids where they are to help them grow”