Photo Credit @ Bronwyn Gillespie Photography
Hello there! My name is Sara, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) specializing in behavioral therapy. Forewarning, I enjoy humor. At times I can be very serious, and other times I am seriously funny (or at least I try to be ☺️). I am very excited to be featured on Blush Blossoms over the next several months through a series of guest posts! I look forward to sharing some parenting tips and ticks with you all, we all know parenting can be challenging at times.
In my downtime, my husband and I enjoy going on bike rides with our 5.5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter; as well as, sneaking away at times for a good Netflix and chill night. I became a parent for the first time during my first year of graduate school. To say I was busy was an understatement! Looking back, I am so thankful for that unplanned timing of events because it was just that what prompted me to go in the direction that I did professionally. Now, just so we are all on the same page, just because I consider myself someone who specializes in behavioral therapy for kids does NOT mean I am a perfect parent, nor do I believe such a thing even exists. However, what I do know to be true is, coffee and a sense of humor are essential to parenting.
There are several areas within my profession that one can specialize in. The majority of my day to day work involves providing behavioral health services to children (ages 1-21) and their families. Working with children, I know that the most effective and empirically supported treatment is behavioral therapy. I have spent my entire professional career specializing in the population of toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs. The most common types of behaviors I see are: noncompliance, outbursts, tantrums, toileting concerns, sleep concerns, and disruptive behaviors. Some of the most common diagnoses I treat are: Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism spectrum disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, Conduct disorder, Enuresis, Encopresis, Anxiety, and Depression. Regardless of the diagnosis, my overall focus is to improve the functioning of the child and overall family.
I am interested to hear, what are some tips or information in regards to parenting you would find the most helpful? What subjects and topics would you like to cover together? (And, I am sorry, if your question is if there is a magic princess wand that’ll stop your two-year-old from having a tantrum over the fact you already broke her cracker in half, the answer is no. I tried it, it didn’t work 😉) Please feel free to email me through the Blush Blossoms contact page and connect! And, I look forward to sharing more with you over the next few months through my guest posts!
I look forward to the next several months with ya’ll!