Children In Balance
Ryan is a licensed professional counselor with several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in office, home, school, and hospital settings. He has practiced as a therapist within the mental health field since 2013, and he has extensive experience working with teens and children suffering with issues relating to anxiety, depression, adjustment, aggression, and traumatic experiences. He offers a safe and fun environment where children, adolescents and families can explore behaviors and work towards specific goals. He follows a strength-based philosophy which helps to build self-esteem through recognition of accomplishments, resilience, and personal value. Ryan understands life to be a collection of experiences which assist in the development of personal identity. For this reason, Ryan practices a holistic approach to therapy, which integrates the mental, emotional, social and ethical domains of life.
Sara is a Licenced Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of WV and MD. She earned her Master's Degree from Frostburg State University in Counseling Psychology, earning a certificate in child and family therapy as well as addictions and substance abuse treatment. Over the last five years, Sara's therapeutic work has centered mostly upon issues involving at-risk youth, trauma / grief and family systems dynamics. Sara generally uses a variety of tools and techniques in her therapeutic work, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and play therapy. Sara's belief that all children and adolescents have the ability to reach their full potential if they have a safe environment, expert guidance, and knowledgeable support system in place guides her practice. Sara prides herself on being able to see beyond a child or adolescent's presenting problems, to better help the child and family develop solutions to the problems. Sara loves her job as a therapist and hopes to help people cultivate and develop themselves to their fullest potential.