Wendy Fritz, LPC, NCC, ADHD-CCSP
I have been a licensed therapist in the state of Georgia since 2020. My passion is helping kiddos who are struggling with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss find the coping skills and strategies that will help them thrive. I completed my post-graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of West Georgia. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Autism Informed Professional, ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), and a Certified Anxiety-Informed Professional.
What type of clients do you work with?
I work with kiddos who are 2-15 years old, as well as do parent coaching for parents of kids in this age range. I love working with kiddos with ASD and ADHD to help them find their optimal path using a strengths-based approach. Everybody has strengths; not everybody is aware of these strengths. I also love working with kiddos who are struggling with anger; to redirect these strong emotions into words or acceptable behaviors.
How would clients describe you?
My kiddos would describe me as goofy and playful. Most things are accepted in the playroom, keeping safety in mind. Because of this, kids can feel free to express themselves in their play in many of the ways they would like.
Parents would describe me as clever and calm. I try to read up on the latest techniques and skills for the different challenges I work with, so that I can pass this information on to parents in case-specific ways. I try and have several suggestions for the different scenarios that parents present.
What are sessions like with you?
For a play therapy session, the kiddos will first be introduced to the playroom, giving them time to take in the environment, including getting used to me. My goal is to begin working on the relationship upon the first contact with the parents and child, so, kiddos will find me accepting and gently encouraging as they begin. As sessions progress, I will take each individual child’s needs into consideration and play accordingly.
If using AutPlay, I typically work with the child and a parent at the same time, often presenting an activity. If using Child-Centered Play Therapy, the child will lead the play, meaning I will not have an activity. I also will not introduce things they need to work on, but rather will allow the child to introduce things through play when ready.
When working with parents, I typically meet using a virtual platform. I will ask how the client has been doing and assess current and future goals. We will then discuss challenges and strategies to work on these challenges. Yes, I do give homework. I believe that the most effective vessel of change for the client is home-based changes. The child’s environment is key to the child’s movement forward with goals.
When clients leave your office, how do you want them to feel?
I want my client to feel more balanced and energized. Sometimes tough stuff will come up, and this is not always possible, however, my goal is to provide affirmative, thought-provoking services. I want children to want to return, and to want to play more, discovering new playthings or stories with which to heal.
What are you reading right now?
I typically will read a counseling-related book, such as books on ASD, ADHD, or parenting strategies. Some recently read titles include: The Circle of Security Intervention by Bert Powell et al; Doing Play Therapy by Terri Kottman; and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber. I do enjoy some dramas and mysteries on occasion though, with my favorite author being Jodi Picoult.
What are your favorite TV shows and movies?
I do not have cable, and do not watch a ton of TV. I do have on-demand TV though and will watch series such as Law & Order SVU; Cake Boss; Master Chef; and old sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond. For movies, I do like old dramas, like The Family Stone, Beaches, and Steel Magnolias. I also like old comedies like The Stepmonster.
What podcasts are you listening to?
I am not a huge podcaster but do listen to Lessons from The Playroom occasionally. I think podcasts are helpful and creative…I should listen more!
What's on your playlist?
I love everything from Kelly Clarkson, Sia, Ed Sheeran, to Pink Floyd and Journey. When listening to the radio, it’s typically music from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s that I listen to.
How are you spending your weekends and free time?
I have 3 cats that I adore and love hanging out with at home. I will also go into my craft room and play for hours at a time. I enjoy paint-by-number, diamond painting, and creating cards for people.
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