Sydney’s philosophy is therapy should be a place of encouragement that validates that you are doing the best you can, even in difficult situations. She believes therapy is at its best when it is collaborative and fun, while also challenging people to try new things and take on new perspectives.
She has play therapy experience working with children and families who have endured traumatic experiences including abuse, neglect, divorce, adoption, foster care, and domestic violence, as well as other events that impact families. She also has a passion for helping caregivers navigate issues related to technology use with their children and partnering with families to find solutions.
Sydney has experience working with adoptees and their parents as a TBRI buddy for Parent Club/Kid’s Circle with the Kansas Post Adoption Resource Center. She incorporates TBRI concepts into therapy sessions to give families tools which allow them to continue to make progress outside of therapy sessions and find joy in everyday moments.
Sydney holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a board certified National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Kansas. She is also an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Kansas Counseling Association, and the Kansas Mental Health Counseling Association.
Sydney’s additional training includes training in:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Level 1 & 2 (EMDR)
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children: EMDR and Family Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)