Psychotherapy with John is play-based and relationship focused. When working one-on-one with a child, he seeks to build trust and to support both the child’s social-emotional development and self-awareness. Through this approach, the child will gain the tools needed to cope with stress, anxiety, or social difficulties. Working with parents and families, John coaches parents in the use of engaging interactions to support optimal development and emotional health in their child. Both one-on-one treatment and parental coaching can be conducted in a home or office setting, depending on the child and family’s specific needs.

John’s therapeutic approach with children with special needs is informed by the DIR-FCD Model (the theoretical foundation for Floortime therapy). Rather than focusing on symptoms of a particular diagnosis or building specific skills, John works to understand a child’s unique individual profile and strengthen the child’s developmental capacities. By coaching parents in carrying out meaningful interactions with their child, John supports the child-parent relationship, helping them feel more connected and engaged with one another. These interactions become the basis for the child’s increasing ability to think, communicate, and relate. 

John has experience and training in treating a wide range of emotional and developmental challenges, as well as in supporting families of children with special needs. Play-based, relationship-focused psychotherapy can be an effective intervention strategy for children experiencing: 

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with and without Hyperactivity (ADD, ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavior Problems
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Mood Disorders
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Social-Emotional Difficulties
  • Speech, Language, & Communication Delays and Disorders

Contact John for a free phone consultation to explore whether his therapeutic approach is the right fit for your child and family.