Mickey Steinitz, LSCW is passionate about children and has worked exclusively with children and their families for over twenty years. She believes that every child has the potential to be a happy successful adult. She believes that when a child is acting out at home or in school the behavior is an unsuccessful attempt to communicate a problem to the adults in their world.
She works compassionately and empathically with these children and their families to help everyone improve their communication skills and resolve problems. She recognizes that every person and family is unique and takes time to get to know every family member while helping him or her describe his or her needs and develop a plan for success.
She has a Masters in Theology (of the family) from La Salle University and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Mickey uses a client-centered approach to counseling preschoolers and elementary age children and their families. She has worked in a school-based clinical program for over 15 years and has a good understanding of how schools and teachers work and how to advocate for students. She has extensive experience working with children with school-based problems including attachment, anxiety, ADHD and working below level of capability. She has worked with children using play therapy, sandtray, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She works from a trauma-informed framework and has strong cross-cultural experience.
She has training in Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice with Children and with Families. She is a Certified First Play Kinesthetic Therapist.
In her spare time, Mickey enjoys cooking, reading, exercise, crochet and playing with her grandchildren. She is a leader in her church’s social justice committee.
“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Maria Montessori