“Men should learn to live with the same seriousness with which children play.” – Nietzsche
Sometimes stuff happens that is out of our control. Kids especially can be affected by this. At Busy Bee Therapy, our goal is to provide kids and families with effective therapeutic interventions for a variety of issues. Although our specialty is trauma based services, we also provide treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.
Aside from therapeutic treatment, we also provide parenting services. We have a 3 month program that draws from a variety of sources, all couched within behaviorist model. However, as all families are different, we avoid a “one size fits all” mentality. Interventions, skills, and techniques are tweaked to specific family needs. It should be noted that if any therapeutic intervention is needed, this will be discussed with parents privately.
You may be wondering about me–what makes me qualified to do this? Well, I am a recent transplant to Florida from Colorado. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and two current, active licenses in Colorado: one as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and another as a Licensed Addictions Counselor. I am also licensed in Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Until I moved to Florida, I was faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics since 2009, and have been affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado since 2007.
I worked with the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect from 2007 to 2014, and have experience working with families in crisis, who have experienced traumatic events, and parents who simply aren’t sure where to go and what to do with children who are having difficulties. I will 100% brag about my colleagues at the medical school and hospitals–they were amazing, and the training I received in a variety of therapeutic interventions was among the best in the country–and I am grateful for it.
After moving to Florida, I owned a successful practice in the Tampa area, specializing in young children (0-6) with significant trauma and behavioral problems. That said, I worked with a variety of other ages up to age 18 with disorders such as anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Major Depression, explosive and mood dysregulation disorders to name a few.
I have been trained in such modalities as Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure Reponse Prevention therapy (ERP), behavioral activation, behavioral modification, Safe Care, Safe Start, and others. Working at university and hospital settings allowed me to work with various community organizations and with a variety of families from different backgrounds and with various needs.
It is also important for me to keep busy in the mental health community on a local and national level. I am currently a member of the American Counseling Association, the Florida Counseling Association, the Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, and the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health. While in Tampa, I worked with the Infant Mental Health Steering Committee in conjunction with the Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County to help bring evidence based treatment to infants and young children who have experienced trauma. I am currently in the process of joining various organizations in Boise where I can also be helpful.
Working with families to improve the lives of children is something I am passionate about. I look forward to working with your family soon!