Bridgett’s warm approach to therapy aims to reduce anxiety, because she knows beginning can bring on fear and worry for some. She emphasizes creating a safe and open space (with laughter and bad jokes sprinkled in!) where clients feel heard and valued. Her clients can fully experience and express their unique personalities in therapy. Bridgett believes play is the way children process and absorb their world. She also believes the family unit plays an important role in personal development, so she often encourages family members to work together in therapy to improve relationships, even with teen clients when appropriate.
Bridgett strives to establish a strong connection with children while also helping them build skills through play to better communicate, adapt to life changes, and ride out the wave of big feelings. Bridgett appreciates the ability of kids to display thoughts and curiosities through an animated puppet show, an intense boxing round against the bop bag, or dressing up as a firefighter turned chef, for example. When working with teens, Bridgett understands the ways adolescence is filled with endless new experiences and growth. Pressure from others to enjoy these “carefree years” sometimes dismisses the daily struggles of identity development, peer relationships, and forming future goals.
Bridgett is continuing her development as a play and family therapist and Theraplay provider. As a Wisconsin native who eventually became convinced to join the “other side”, she moved to the Twin Cities in 2016 and absolutely fell in love with the seemingly endless places to get out and explore. Outside of Sentier, Bridgett enjoys spending her time slowly sipping a latte in the morning, reading, doing yoga, going for walks with her dog, traveling with her family, and attempting to master one new baked good at a time.
Bridgett works with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation.