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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 trained my focus on that sweet spot where child development, parenting, and adoption dynamics meet. 

I know it doesn't feel sweet when you're in it. Long days and too many tantrums can feel tedious and confusing. Shouldn't they be growing out of this? Struggles with sleep and bad behavior make it hard to stay flexible, maddening to repeat yourself, and challenging 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 more tricky 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 in Therapy with Adoptive & Foster Families, Portland State University

I've been working with adoptive families for over 12 years. After teaching in alternative schools and childcare programs, I worked as a CASA (court-apointed special advocate) for kids in the Oregon foster care system before completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology. I worked in community mental health and elementary schools before launching my private practice in 2009. While I don’t see adoptive families exclusively, a majority of my clients are touched by adoption in some way, and I’m grateful to them for helping me develop an informed perspective on the layers and phases of adoptive and foster family life for everyone involved.

I've directed after-school and summer youth programs, led adoption support workshops, and developed training for foster families and adoption agency staff. I've provided family support at the Oregon Post-Adoption Resource Center, served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association for Play Therapy and created workshops for Adoption Mosaic. I volunteer with Baby Blues Connection as a speaker on post-partum & post-adoption mood disorders and am active with A Home Within, serving youth living in foster care.