Carly Nalbandian is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about working with children and adolescents using evidence-based approaches to improve behavior and ease the everyday stress. Carly has extensive experience as a specialist working with children with unique developmental needs, from mild to more complex developmental challenges such as Autism and Down's Syndrome. She has pursued additional training to help provide structure and highly individualized support using behavioral and child-centered models of child and family therapy and Therapeutic Companion services. It has been her privilege to work alongside families that are seeking more support to develop a deeper understanding of the needs underlying difficult and concerning behaviors, building on and enhancing children's natural strengths with more effective skills and ways of relating well with others.
Carly has a special heart for children with specific neurodevelopmental needs. Over the last several years, she has developed caring, attuned relationships with children with moderate to highly impacted special needs and developmental delays in home, school, and community settings. Carly is an advocate for positive, connected and inclusive supports has found deep fulfillment in starting from safe, secure emotional connection as a bridge to help children learn, explore, and take on new challenges.
Carly earned her Master of Science in Marital & Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. Carly has worked extensively as a school-based therapist during her clinical training and is extremely skilled in helping students navigate the stressors of elementary, middle and high school such as integrating into the classroom, staying attentive and focused, keeping up with academic work, negotiating conflict and making strong friendships. Carly specializes in addressing a variety of childhood and adolescent concerns including worries and anxiety, sadness and self harm, school issues, behavioral and developmental needs, the stress of medical and physical illnesses, and traumatic stress.
Carly is enthusiastic about engaging children and helping them to develop emotional regulation to thrive in their relationships. She utilizes an attachment based perspective in her work and also incorporates creativity, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Within the safety of a sincere and trusting therapeutic relationship, I want to collaborate with you and your child to empower you with insight to create positive changes for your family.