I specialize in working with children and teens ages 2-18. I provide highly effective, research based counseling in a warm and inviting environment. I offer practical strategies and activities to help children and families meet their goals and improve their lives. As a parent, I understand the worries and frustrations often associated with the enormous job of parenting. Parent participation is encouraged as this can result in better long term outcomes.
If you are searching for a female therapist who uses the same types of therapy that I provide, please scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.
I have a wealth of experience including: working as a family reunification social worker for Child Protective Services; non-profit community based counseling services for low income children and families; and private practice child and teen counseling since 2012. For more info on my experience, please go to the about page.
Below you will find info on evidence-based practices I provide.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a program designed to address defiance in children by strengthening the parent-child relationship and giving parents research based parenting strategies that help children follow directions. The following video depicts how PCIT helped save the parent-child relationship for a very high risk family:
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Clinical Supervision: Providing clinical supervision for Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFT) who are accruing clinical hours toward licensure.
Thanks again for taking a look at my website and I look forward to hearing from you!
~Aaron Williams, LCSW #28379
Play Therapy , Art Therapy, and interactive family activities are used to foster appropriate expression, self exploration, healing and growth. Play and art can allow children (as well as adolescents and adults) to express themselves more fully. It can help to expose and untangle their emotional landscape and behavioral patterns in order to help them process and make sense of their lives. The following video describes what Play Therapy is and why it works:
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
I focus on creating a warm and friendly environment while working with parents, children, teens, young adults, and families. Therapy involves practical strategies from research-based counseling approaches. My aim is to help individuals and families, identify their strengths, improve their lives, and meet their goals.
During these unprecedented circumstances, I offer personalized strategies, troubleshooting, and emotional support for parenting stresses created by Covid. Common challenges during this time might include: establishing realistic learning plans, creating routines, facilitating safe and independent play, screen time limits, discipline, sibling challenges, and negotiating marital conflict. Please reach out if you want assistance and ask about the six session Covid support package.
I also offer therapy for teachers, administrators, families, and first responders that are coping with stress, trouble sleeping, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma. The modalities used in this therapy practice are very helpful for individuals in these professions because they teach self-regulation, coping tools, and communication skills. Additionally, due to my prior professional experience I bring empathy for individuals in these roles, and some understand the pressures they face.
I accept Beacon/ Medi-Cal / Central California Alliance for Health (CCAH) and private pay on a sliding scale from $75 to $110 per 50 minute session.