It is Connie’s belief that most children, adolescents, and adults can be treated successfully with appropriate therapy and family involvement. She understands that parents must be listened to, understood, and believed before they can trust her to help them and their children. Connie also believes that, with appropriate pre-adoption counseling, parents can learn how to cope effectively with the unique needs of adopted children.
When treating children and adolescents, Connie meets with parents on the initial visit, in order to take a complete history on the family and to review records from other professionals. Children join their parents for subsequent visits. The goal of treatment is to heal relationships between family members. Connie will observe children in their classrooms, and will make recommendations to school personnel, as needed. She also provides Expert Witness testimony in cases related to attachment and adoption.
Services include assessment, diagnosis, and ongoing treatment. When necessary, referrals will be made to child psychiatrists, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, educational advocates, therapeutic respite care providers, and residential treatment facilities.
A variety of treatment modalities are used to facilitate healing in children, adolescents, and adults. These include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), non-coercive attachment therapy, cognitive restructuring, behavioral management, narrative therapy, and insight-oriented therapy.
Traditional therapies (play, talk, expressive) do not work with children who have attachment and bonding problems. Those approaches rely on the ability to form a trusting reciprocal relationship with the therapist – something a child with attachment issues cannot do! Family and couples’ therapies are utilized to help parents and siblings heal from the emotional wounds that result from living with a rage-filled child. All therapy occurs within a nurturing, supportive and safe environment, with active primary caregiver participation.