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about MereAnn

 
 
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I want to help you understand and support your child. 

I started my practice 9 years ago, knowing I wanted to work with adoptive families. I've built my focus on that sweet spot where play therapy, child development, and adoption dynamics meet. 

I know it doesn't feel sweet when you're in the middle of it. Long days and too many tantrums feel tedious and confusing. Shouldn't they be growing out of this? Struggles with sleep and bad behavior make it hard to be flexible, maddening to repeat yourself, and impossible to find calm in the chaos. Parenting can be exhausting!

You don't have to figure it out on your own. 

I'm here to help you understand what drives your child off-track. 

We'll uncover and nurture your parenting strengths together. 

I can't promise you a secret behavior-decoder ring with ALL the answers. But we can get curious and creative together. I've taught kids from preschool to high school, helping them discover new strengths. And I'm a parent myself. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be. 

Let's join forces to get your family unstuck and reconnected. 

I want to see you thrive and find new ways to build your child's resilience--the ability each of us has to survive tough times and tap into the love around us. Together, we can nurture your growing family. 

Credentials

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark College Graduate School

Certificate of Advanced Training in Therapy with Adoptive & Foster Families, Portland State University

I've been working with adoptive families since 2006. After teaching in alternative schools and childcare programs, I worked in community mental health with Morrison Child & Family Services and have been in private practice since 2009. I've directed after-school and summer youth programs, led adoption support workshops with non-profit groups, and developed training for DHS foster families and adoption agency staff. I've earned certification as an Adoption & Foster Care Specialist from Portland State University and provided family support at the Oregon Post-Adoption Resource Center. I've served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association for Play Therapy and Adoption Mosaic. I volunteer with Baby Blues Connection and A Home Within