Meet Therese

Some who come to us for help are generally happy and are doing well, but have hit a snag or two and foresee the greater challenges on the horizon. They may be seeking guidance for themselves, or perhaps they are parents looking for help in understanding and supporting their gifted/2e child. Others come to us in great distress, feeling like every day is a battle. The constant stress and frustration is too much to take, and they are desperate for a positive change.

In either case, I am here to help. Depending on what your needs are, here are some of the ways I can work with you, your family or your child:

  • With clients of all ages, I believe in a relationship-based therapy that is affirming and healing. Whether you feel that you are at the end of your rope, or that things are actually okay for now but you want to prevent difficulties down the road, I can help you to get going in the right direction.
  • With tweens and teens, whose developmental trajectory is moving towards independence and self-sufficiency, I work alongside them and inspire them to find their own way in making the changes that they want to make. Many gifted teens are exploring and discovering their identities, and a little extra support from outside the family can go a long way.
  • With young children, I frequently use CCPT (Child-Centered Play Therapy), and occasionally Filial Therapy. Both of these approaches are gentle and fun, and yet also effective in strengthening parent-child relationships, helping parents to understand and empathize with their children, building confidence and social skills in kids, improving sibling relationships, reducing stress, alleviating some anxiety and depression, and decreasing behavioral problems.

My background is in child development, social work, and mental health.  I am LGBTQ affirming, and have particular experience dealing with PANS/PANDAS, autism spectrum and anxiety issues. As a different kind of thinker myself, I can relate to the challenges of being an outlier.As a parent as well, over the years I have experienced both the great pleasures and deep frustrations of parenting gifted/2e kids. I know first-hand the stress and utter fatigue that can come with the territory. And I also know first-hand how fabulous our quirky kids are.  I can’t promise perfection and bliss, but I do believe that working together we can find ways to bring out the best in your child… and in you.

Therese M. Zabarsky, ACSW