Janet’s Office Hours:
Tuesday – 11:00am– 9:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am – 9:00pm
In network with: Blue Cross PPO, Blue Choice Insurance, & United HealthCare /Optum
Hi, I’m Janet.
I provide counseling and therapy services for children, adolescents, adults who are in their 20s and early 30s, and families.
I can help and support you, your child, teen, or family with the issues you may be struggling with. Whether it be depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, high stress, communication difficulties, or past trauma that is intruding into your life, together we can work to help you be your best self so you can live your best life.
MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
It takes great courage to contemplate reaching out for professional help through counseling and therapy. It takes even more courage to be honest about what you’re struggling with so you can implement the needed changes. If this is where you are at and you’re hoping for change, I’d love to help guide you along the way.
Whether you are a teen, adult, family, or you are a parent who is in need of a therapist for your child, your issues of concern are valid and important to me. What you’re going through and experiencing is very unique and personal.
If you decide to trust me enough to share your concerns and personal story, I will treat you and the information you share with me with the utmost care and compassion. This is why when I first meet with a new person like you, I will take time to get to know you. It will be a time for you to share about who and what is important to you. You may want to share about your interests, hobbies, passions, things that make you laugh, what you like to do for fun, etc.
After we get a little more comfortable together, I would then inquire about who the most important people in your life are, and I would ask you to tell me about them. This would include what draws you to them, how they support and help you, etc. Then we would begin to explore what you hope counseling and therapy can help you with.
You will most likely notice that I am a good listener and empathic in addition to being a person who is honest and straightforward. Because everyone is unique and their needs are different, I utilize different types of therapy to help people with the different things they are struggling with.
During a therapy session we may talk about your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors and how they interact and trigger one another. Other times I may encourage you to participate in an activity or something experiential. When I meet with children, tweens, and some teens, we play games, create things, and use art to help express the feelings, thoughts, and beliefs that may be easier to express through play, drawing, or other artwork.
Wherever you’re at – that’s where we’ll start. We can move as slow or fast as you are ready, willing, and able to. It will take time to develop a therapeutic relationship that can effectively support you. I’ll provide an open and safe space for you to open up however and whenever you are ready. I will need to earn your trust. You may need more time than you think until you decide to share certain things about yourself, and that is completely natural. Therapy is not a race. Rather, it is often a slow walk in the direction you want to go.
Providing compassion, acceptance, sensitivity, understanding, and respect are some of the things I am most passionate about giving to others. You can be on the receiving end of all those things.
COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN and THERAPY FOR TEENS
What a year! 2020-2021 has been extremely hard for tweens and teens like you. No wonder things are and seem difficult now. Many teens don’t know how to feel or what to think about the pandemic, and they often have questions about whether their feelings and thoughts are normal, natural, or expected. Many of the teens I work with have been feeling isolated, distant, and alone. There has been so much in this past year that teens like you have had to navigate alone. I’m sorry if 2020-2021 has been a really difficult time for you. If you’ve been suffering, we want to do everything we can to end that so you can feel better.
Life can sometimes feel like a big struggle. Sometimes it’s hard for us to find someone to talk to about what we think and how we feel about the things we go though. Maybe your parents can be people you go to and other times you may talk to friends, but, still, there can be times when we think no one will understand. Or, maybe you have feelings and thoughts that you just aren’t ready to share with those closest to you. It can feel difficult to get some of these things out. Sometimes we can feel deeply alone in what we’re going through.
If this is what you’re experiencing, it sounds like it’s a great time to talk with a therapist or counselor. That way, you don’t have to go through the tough stuff alone. Instead, you can have someone listen, understand, get you, and accept you for who you are without expectation. Who wouldn’t want that?
I’m a teen therapist who is here to listen and to give you the space to express exactly how you are feeling – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m down for all of it, and it’s more than okay for you to be yourself and express yourself however you wish to. In fact, I would want you to do nothing less than be who you honestly are and be wherever you’re at.
If you feel a little nervous about therapy and wonder what it will be like, your anxiety is completely natural, and you’re in good company. Most people aren’t sure what counseling will be like and have lots of questions. In fact, it’s normal to be nervous about any new situation.
The first time we meet and talk, we will get to know each other. You can tell me about yourself, your life, what you like to do, what music, sports, team, or movies you like, etc. I’ll want to get a picture of what you and your life is like. Then, when you feel comfortable, you can talk about what’s going on that you might want a bit of help with.
Next, we will determine what you might want to be different, fear will be different, or need to change. This will help us come together and map a direction of what will be most helpful for you. Together we will determine what it is we can work on to make things better for you so you can be your best self. We will meet one time a week so we as a team can work toward your goals for change.
If you are wondering if I would be a good person to help you, I’ll share with you some of the issues of concern that other children, tweens, and teens have had when they first sought therapy with me and what I helped them with:
High anxiety and panic attacks; learning how to recognize causes of anxiety and ways to relax and calm down
Depression, feeling down or hopeless, crying spells, loss of motivation, withdrawing from other people
Self-injury or thoughts of self-harm and working through these thoughts and/or behaviors
Difficulty communicating with other people such as family members, friends, or peers in class
Dealing with a change in family dynamics such as divorce, separation, moving away, or a family member’s death
Stress related to the pandemic, COVID-19, school, remote school, or extracurricular activities
Processing trauma such as emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, assault, or an event that has occurred which leads to nightmares or fixation
Questions or issues with oneself or others regarding sexuality, gender, or other LGBTQ+ concerns
Low self-esteem, low self-confidence, or having self-directed negative thoughts
Grief and loss of a loved one
Issues with poor concentration and hyperactivity
Sexual behavior problems or concerns
Anger and irritability
Everyone needs someone to talk to. If you feel alone, are struggling with one or more of the above, and think it may be time for you to get some support, guidance, acceptance, and encouragement, I’d be glad to be that person for you. You deserve to have as much support as possible when life is difficult.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU – THE PARENTS
As I work primarily with children, teens, and emerging adults, the role of parents and caregivers in therapy is a supportive role. I offer family sessions for caregivers both jointly with your child and non-conjointly on an individual basis. I also provide parent coaching sessions.
The goal of these sessions is to provide you with education on the mental health symptoms your child is exhibiting, how to recognize them at various stages of development and ages, and skills with which to support them. I will teach you the same coping skills I am teaching your child in their therapy so you can assist them with practicing and using these skills when you’re at home together. We will also work together on connection, attachment, and increasing effective communication between you and your child.
Wouldn’t parenting be easier if there was a manual that helped you fluently navigate it? Most parents long for the proven and perfect methods to help guide them through the situations that are the most stressful. Because every child and every stage of development is so unique, it’s easy to never feel quite competent or confident as a parent. That happens in the best of circumstances, but the stress and uncertainty can be profound when your child is suffering with something you can’t protect them from. Something that you and you alone can’t fix or make better. If this is where you’re at as a parent, I would welcome the opportunity to connect with you and help you and your child reach a better place.
Young children often do not know how to identify and verbalize what they are experiencing. Instead, those feelings and stressors come out as symptoms we label as shyness, withdrawal from others, isolation, day-dreaming, anxiety, depression, communication difficulty, bed-wetting, crying spells, and specific somatic symptoms like tummy aches and other body aches. Their feelings are also masked by overt behaviors such as anger, tantrums, irritability, conflict and fighting with peers, refusal to wait or share, school refusal, and destruction of objects.
Sometimes teens have similar behaviors to those seen in younger children as listed above, but they can also suffer from internal stressors that look like: under or over-eating, food restriction, social isolation, constantly being busy and stressed, overachievement, perfectionism, having big feelings they can’t manage well, or putting high pressure on the self. In addition, adolescents often struggle with harmful behaviors such as: under or over-eating or fixation on weight, self injury, high expectations of self and fixation on needing to win and be the best, self injury (cutting, burning, etc), or body focused repetitive behaviors (skin picking, hair pulling, etc).
Teens can also wrestle with not having the ability to openly share their feelings or make sense of their thoughts and emotions. They often cannot articulate what they are going through and much of the time teens struggle with having and utilizing helpful and supportive coping skills to manage their feelings and behaviors.
Helping children and teens navigate through the various issues and challenges I’ve explained above is what I was meant to do, and it’s one of my great passions.
If any of the above rings true about your child, I’d love the opportunity to work with them in individual and family therapy. At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to provide a nurturing environment where your child and/or teen can learn the needed skills to better navigate their mental, emotional, and physical health to improve their overall well-being.
WHAT I HOPE TO PROVIDE DURING THERAPY WITH ADULTS
Nowadays, more young adults are getting comfortable with the idea of therapy, and chances are you know someone who has participated in therapy or you yourself have been in therapy in the past. I’m so glad to know the negative stigma around mental health care is changing, and you and this generation are part of that reason.
So, you’re searching for someone to assist you with what you’re experiencing. Most likely, I’m guessing you must feel stressed with a recent change. Perhaps you are going to college, recently finished school, contending with unemployment, entered the full-time, professional adult workforce, or are in limbo with what you want to do next.
Trying to figure out what you want to do with your life while doing all the “adulting” things that are necessary, like paying bills, juggling finances, working on romantic relationships, balancing all your roles and responsibilities, re-defining friendships, and finding time to sleep and exercise while having me time can be very difficult. It’s A LOT! I can understand why you may be struggling.
It’s important to prioritize our mental health and well-being so we can be our best selves. When something is affecting us, it can spill into our relationships (ie: family, friendships, or romantic relationships), affect our ability to concentrate on work (school or job), affect the beliefs we have about ourselves and our self-esteem, and even affect our sleeping habits. Sometimes we judge our inside life against other people’s outside lives, thinking that they have it together and we don’t.
If these things resonate with you and you would like to meet to talk more about how we might work together to help you become your best self, I’d welcome the opportunity to support and work with you.
MY PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY
Since grade school, I’ve known I wanted to help people. I have a large family, and they always pride themselves on giving back to the community in a multitude of ways through their occupations and through community service. Showing people compassion and kindness is something that has been ingrained in me and something that flows naturally out of me.
In the years that I’ve been a therapist, I’ve had the great privilege of working primarily with children, teens, and young adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, and trauma. In this work, I’ve provided individual and family therapy sessions, parent-education and parent-coaching sessions, and group therapy. I’ve mainly worked in community mental health centers and non-profit counseling and treatment centers that are community-based.
In working with Health and Healing Therapy, my goal is to be a person who you can feel completely comfortable with while being yourself. I strive to provide you with a consistent and safe space so you can process, learn, trust, change, grow, let it all out, and heal. I love being a therapist, and connecting to people like you is what I am meant to do.
COUNSELING AND THERAPY APPROACHES
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Parent Education and Support
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
B.S.S.W. Social Work with Psychology Minor & Certificate in Child Welfare Services, Florida International University, Miami, FL
M.S.W. Master of Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Florida License #SW15947
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois License #149.021622
It’s important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you and/or your family, so if what I’ve shared resonates with you, reach out so we can begin working together. If you are ready to take the next steps to begin living a more fulfilled and self-empowered life, I’d love to help guide you along the way. The life and changes you’ve been looking for are awaiting you.