“Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding you child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, it you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be.”The Water Giver
The journey of parenting can sometimes seem impossible, especially if your child doesn’t fit the definition of a “typical” child. It’s so hard to find support people who really understand what you are struggling with. I understand. I have lived this journey, and I have studied and practiced extensively to develop my expertise in guiding parents of special needs and gender diverse children. I provide parent coaching, not psychotherapy. I am happy to work with any therapists who are working with your family or child. How is parent coaching different from therapy?
- As a coach, I work from a wellness perspective, rather than focusing on pathology. If therapy appears to be needed, I will refer you to a therapist to help with deeper issues
- My parent coaching focuses on the present and future, rather than past hurts and mistakes
- I assumes that parents are whole, want to achieve specific goals, are open to advice and discussion, and truly want a better relationship with their child
- My coaching provides parent education, so parents can understand their child’s developmental level, specific communication needs, and how their special needs might affect their ability to comply with parental directions
- I work with the parents to develop goals for themselves and create age and developmentally appropriate goals for their children
- I help parents understand their children’s needs, set reasonable expectations, and improve their relationships with their children through education, specific activities and recommended reading
- I use brain science, proven parenting strategies, and mindfulness philosophy to guide the coaching process
Families come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, including foster families, biological families, adoptive families, families with 2 moms or 2 dads, single parent families, families with step children or shared custody, kinship or relative families, families formed by circumstance, families with trans* parents, families with 3 or more parents, and even more. I am happy to work with any shape and size of family, as long as they want to improve their parenting. To find out more about how I might be able to make parenting easier for you, check out my services provided page.