Ann has been working with children and families in the Asheville community for the past 15 years, earning her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Ann is passionate about empowering parents to respond to their children’s behaviors in a way that honors their development, fosters connection and builds emotional intelligence. Ann has built her practice on the principal that children deserve our respect, understanding and boundaries, and when they receive these gifts from their caretakers they respond accordingly. Honoring the research finding that children learn in the context of relationships, Ann is one of the few early child therapists in the community that works with the parents for almost every session. While she likes to focus on providing parents with the tools to respond therapeutically to their children, Ann also enjoys teaching children about mindfulness, self-awareness, and empathy.
Ann gathers her approach from Brene Brown, Angela Lansbury of the REI model, and research on neuroscience and social-emotional development. Ann’s compassionate, non-judgmental and calm approach to working with families has been known to disarm the most frazzled and fearful among us. She is empathetic and optimistic about change in even the most challenging of circumstances.
Ann works with children ages 3-7 years, regarding issues such as anxiety, trauma, sensory processing difficulties and any behavioral issues that are causing difficulty in the child’s home or school setting. Ann has two young children herself and is daily experiencing the many challenges and joys of parenting small children. When not working with families, Ann can be found making earrings for various stores in town or exploring the outdoors with her family.