Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

Dan Hughes, a Clinical Psychologist,  created Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) as a treatment for families with adopted or fostered children who had experienced neglect and abuse in their birth families and suffered from significant developmental trauma.

DDP is based on and brings together attachment theory, what we understand about developmental trauma, the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and caregiving, intersubjectivity theory and child development. (www.ddpnetwork.org)


I have completed advanced training in DDP.  I continue to get supervision in this model of therapy to ensure I am providing families with the best services possible.  


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing  (EMDR)


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychologicalstress.  (www.EMDRIA.org)


I completed basic EMDR training and am a member of EMDRIA (EMDR International Association).  I am currentlly pursuing certification.


Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

TBRI is an intervention based on the work of Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross  from Texas Christian University.  TBRI used a set of principles that guide parents and practitioners to create a feeling of safety so that the child can heal from past trauma and begin to develop new ways of relating to others.  Please see the TCU website at www.child.tcu.edu


I have completed training in TBRI and seek input from TCU staff as needed

Putting the pieces together

When trying to help families it is important to understand the whole picture.  children who have experienced institutional care, been abused, neglected or adopted at an older age have complicated histories.  Add adoption to those issues  and you have one more complicated issue that needs to be explored.  I want to understand all of the parts that make up the child and their parents so that the help offered is truly effective.  For this reason, I use a variety of techniques tailored to the individual needs of the family.  The following information is a taste of the treatment modalities I employ in my work with families.  



Theraplay is an attachment focused therapy that assists in meeting the younger needs of children who have experienced poor care in their early life.  I use Theraplay techniques and strategies to build parents capacity for attunement, playfulness and structure and children's ability to feel safe within the parent child relationship.