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Alana Noffsinger. ma, lmft
Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy - Argosy University-Twin Cities
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education - Indiana University-Bloomington
Alana has worked with children of all ages for many years within both classrooms and therapeutic environments, has provided mental health consultation to early childhood programs, and has done work within the Early Head Start home-based program promoting early attachment between parents and their children. She has extensive training and practice within the field of infant and toddler mental health and experience working with women suffering from post-partum depression and anxiety.
Alana believes non-directive play therapy can be a crucial part of the healing process for children who are experiencing significant toxic stress. When a child becomes disregulated from negative events, many different aspects of their school and home environments can suffer, and the entire family system can be affected as well. When working towards healing with a child, Alana also spends time regularly connecting with parents. Sometimes she may also choose to bring the parent into the play therapy room. Alana will help the parent translate key therapeutic elements into their home life in order to help restore a sense of balance and peace for all members within the household.
Alana is also certified in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy). This is a four to six month evidence-based therapeutic intervention that teaches caregivers specific interactions that are designed to strengthen attachment with their child, as well as minimize negative and oppositional behaviors. PCIT is a highly effective therapy style for children who struggle with focus, self-regulation, defiance, maintaining appropriate boundaries, as well as other challenging behaviors. It is backed by twenty years of research and has proven to be a successful experience for many children across multiple environments including home and school. It is for children between the ages of 2-7.