"I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have."
– Abraham Lincoln
The truth is NONE of us come to therapy as orphans — we all are connected to family.
Many practitioners talk about or say they have experience with families, but few have the varied experience Connie does.
Few know how to integrate it into a therapeutic approach, one that doesn’t forget that when the client leaves the office they don’t just disappear until next session, they go as — and to see — mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and partners.
Connie's experience includes everything from working with school systems, child protective services, and special needs youth to the kids many of us would consider “regular” who may be having a tough time navigating school, the social scene, or just the challenges of growing up.
Family Therapy: In Detail
Connie works with parents struggling before and after a divorce trying to raise their children.
She works with couples and individuals seeking to adopt or have children. She works with siblings who can’t get along, kids grappling with death or substance abuse in the family.
Connie spent more than 20 years as a director and clinical supervisor to therapists at multiple programs across the Bay Area. Her training includes advanced work in family systems, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder in adults and children, trauma therapy for children and much more. She even serves on the board of Youth Yoga Dharma, a group that provides yoga and meditation for kids.
Ultimately, clients of Connie’s often feel better connections with friends and loves ones as a result of this focus. Even if clients come to Connie for seemingly unrelated issues, family life improves.
Child Therapy Focused
I have extensive experience working with young children around the myriad issues they face. My goal with children is to help them build a secure inner foundation that allows them to be open and curious to all the world has to offer.
From a child development perspective, we need to realize that each child is unique – very unique. The expected gains and behaviors for one child may be fully inappropriate for another child, and I am sensitive to the individual needs of a specific child. The family environment, the home/school relationship, the word of friends and siblings . . . children need help navigating all of this as they build their personalities and characters.
I use many techniques in working with children: play therapy, expressive art, talk therapy and EMDR among them. Using these tools, I help children work through the many issues they face.Child Therapy Specialties
- Anxiety and Depression
- Learning Challenges
- ADD and ADHD
- Divorce Adjustment
- School Issues
- Attachment Disorder
Adolescents can be creative, interesting, exciting, inspired; they can also be moody, self-centered, secretive and impulsive..
I have worked extensively with adolescents on issues that include school, family relations, peer acceptance and choice-making. I carefully determine the best way to include the family in adolescent treatment while still maintaining the essential autonomy of this emerging adult.Teen Therapy Specialties
- Anxiety and Depression
- Relationship Struggles
- Eating Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- School Phobia and Other Challenges