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Our services are guided by a vision that in each child there is the seedling of great potential, which will grow and blossom when provided with individualized support for life's challenges.
Today's society brings many challenges to children, adolescents and their families. While some face setbacks at home, others might struggle with school related issues, have difficulties in social situations, are distressed by a traumatic event or by the loss of a loved one. These shadows over childhood/adolescence overwhelm not only the child/adolescent, but potentially the family as well. However, the individualized support of a professional counselor who understands not only the child, but also the complexity of the dynamics between the child and family, school and peers, can make a world of difference and empower to restore balance and reach true potential.
Services at From Seedling to Blossom have three main components:
Viktoria B. Toth, MA, LMHC
Registered Play Therapist
Certified FirstPlay® Therapist
Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional
BARBARA kirk, lcsw, rpt
Registered Play Therapist
Viktoria B. Toth, MA, LMHC, Registered Play Therapist, Certified FirstPlay® Therapist, Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, EMDRIA approved EMDR therapist, is the owner of From Seedling To Blossom, LLC., and specializes in counseling children, adolescents and their families. She has more than 15 years of experienced insight into child psychology and education.
Upon completion of her Bachelor's Degree in Teaching, Viktoria began working as a K-12 teacher in the public school system. This classroom experience led her to pursue her Master's in Mental Health and her specialization in child and teen counseling.
As psychotherapist, she has a diverse background of experience and has worked with at-risk children and their families, children and teens with various emotional and behavioral issued, including trauma, grief and loss, mood disorders, gender identity issues, just to name a few of her clinical expertise.
Viktoria is a Registered Play Therapist and provides Play Therapy to children 3-12. She is also a certified FirstPlay® Therapist and employs this new, innovative method to enhance bonding and attachment between babies and their caregivers and to help young children (preschool to age 6) with a variety of challenges. Viktoria is a passionate advocate for children and offers various trainings and workshops to address mental health issues of childhood and adolescents, as well as parenthood.
Barbara, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice for twenty years, works with children, teens, families, and adults from a holistic, strengths-based perspective. She is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with specialized training in expressive therapies, including sandplay therapy. Children love visiting the therapeutic playroom for individualized attention when they are experiencing challenges related to school/learning issues, anxiety, depression, loss/grief, trauma, parental separation/divorce, or other family crises. Parenting support and education is an essential part of child play therapy.
Prior to obtaining a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii in 1986, Barbara worked as a registered nurse in medical and psychiatric settings, as well as with hospice. With that background, she remains interested in adult concerns related to health issues and aging.
In her free time, Barbara enjoys spending time with her two adult daughters, exploring on nature walks with her two small dogs, mindfulness meditation, and reading.