Being a parent is a big job. With odd hours. And crazy-making demands!
I help parents identify where and how family dynamics might shift, so you can get beyond...
Frustrated & Overwhelmed: "My preschooler is driving the whole family, and this train is going to CrazyTown!"
Exhausted: "Actually, I do pretty well on 4 hours of sleep. I'm good...zzz..zzzz...zzz...zzzz"
Disrespected: "I never would have dreamed of speaking to my parents the way my 1st grader does!"
Confused: "He's refusing to eat things he loves...throwing fits...and is hitting his brother...What gives?"
Helpless: "I feel just awful that I can't help her with all these worries & fears...they're taking over."
Our work together will be guided by your concerns and goals. How do you want things to feel in your family? I'm here to support and encourage you, reinforcing the best parts of what you're already doing well. We might explore some tools for listening to children, create a game plan for setting limits and soothing tantrums, or focus on getting you more back-up and breathing room. Active and regular parent support is included with all of my child therapy offerings.
Hand in Hand Parenting group (6 week series)
Winter Session :: Thursdays, January 17-February 21, 6:30-8pm :: Location TBD/Portland, OR
An attachment- and trauma-smart parenting approach for re-connecting with your kids, managing off-track behavior, and preventing meltdowns. We'll explore tools for listening & thinking well--even under stress--reducing family conflict, helping kids handle big feelings, and supporting YOU!
This approach is especially effective with highly sensitive kids and those with a history of trauma and extra-big fears, offering solid support for taming transitions and channeling aggressive energy.
Special Time...Little nuggets of attention, focus & warm affection can heal hurts & rifts in connection
Playlistening...Belly laughter and rough & tumble play help your child work through stuck spots & tantrums
Setting Limits...Getting clear on your family values and emotional hot buttons can help you set loving limits
Staylistening...Learn the art of deep listening to support your child in braving big emotions, letting go of "time outs", sticker charts and ultimatums
This approach to off-track behavior creates more resilient kids with flexibility to reconnect after tough transitions, disappointments, and overwhelm. Bonus: Supporting YOU is the first step! REGISTER HERE