My passion for working with babies started 20 years ago. I realized that babies teach us many things, from the time they are in-utero to the time they can speak for themselves. Their language is a special one. We learn about them from observing them with attention, opening ourselves to getting to know them, and in baby’s bond with their parents.
Understanding a baby can be an easy or a difficult task. Regardless, there is not a “manual” that teaches parents how to respond. When new parents receive varying advice and points of view from people around them it can be overwhelming. Psychotherapy with babies and toddlers can help parents to understand themselves as parents and how to understand and respond to their babies/toddlers.
I support families when:
- Babies are difficult to sooth.
- Parents are uncertain about their babies’ crying, sleeping, or feedings
- Parents need support with the challenges and difficulties of parenting and finding strength in themselves and their babies/toddler.
- Parents face challenging behaviors they do not know how to handle, for example, hitting, biting, and tantrums.
My approach is dyadic/triadic. I use an attachment, developmental, psychodynamic, strength-based approach. Infants and toddlers are learners. They are learning about their world and their emotions and how to handle their emotions through the relationship with their primary caregivers.
I provide parent consultation to help with these situations or Infant-Parent psychotherapy to address short-term or long-term goals.
I bring my trauma lenses to understand if parental traumatic experiences are influencing the way parents respond to their infants/toddlers or if their infants or toddlers experienced trauma and it is impacting their development.