Being a parent can be a challenging and demanding job. There isn’t any formal training or preparation for it, and children aren’t born with a manual. Children can cause parents to experience old painful or difficult memories, emotions, beliefs, and thoughts from their childhoods, and this can trigger reactive responses from parents to their children’s behavior.
Every challenging, painful, or difficult life experience provides the opportunity for learning, personal growth, healing, and empowerment. We all need support to learn and grow socially and emotionally. I love supporting parents in learning to see the opportunities and gold in their challenges and in “mining the gold” out of those challenges.
Acknowledging and fostering the gifts and strengths of each child, teenager, and adult has been a strong focus of my therapy and teaching. Quality connection and secure attachment are critical for the healthy development of the brain, mental health, and of social and emotional intelligence. My passion is guiding and supporting parents in connecting deeply with their children.
My approach to help parents first see and affirm their strengths and then guide them in taking doable steps each day to learn quick, easy techniques that they can apply to their lives right away.
Every technique that I teach parents is based on science and how the brain and nervous systems of children and teenagers are positively affected by healthy interactions with their parents ( interpersonal neurobiology).
Sometimes it is hard to know how to support your children when they are going through tough times and displaying behaviors that concern you. If you want support for yourself or your child, please click the link below.