First of all, welcome! My intention is to use this forum as a place to share information and resources with you, as well as to describe the work that my team and I do. Something I value very much are acts of kindness and compassion, particularly during times of vulnerability, upheaval and uncertainty. I have powerful memories of times in my life where the experience of being understood with compassion impacted me deeply.
When people reach out to me it is usually during a time of real concern and upheaval, and in my experience shame and feelings of failure often accompany asking for help. I certainly have been in both places in my life, needing support and guidance and also, wearing my therapist’s hat, offering it. Asking for help and actually receiving it has been both challenging to ask for and transformative at certain times of my life, particularly during my experience of parenting. Needing support and being received with kindness, genuine curiosity, and expert guidance has managed to help transform some confusing times as I made sense of the developmental needs of my children and my own needs and growth areas as a parent.
I believe that therapy needs to be family-centered and tailored to the unique and specific needs, values, and cultural backgrounds of the family members. I believe that parents are the experts about their children and that my job is to reflect, and encourage reflection, about areas of family life that may not be working in ways that support everyone’s needs. Part of my job is to collaborate with other professionals in a family’s life including occupational therapists, teachers, and pediatricians, to name a few.
My mission is to lead with kindness and genuine curiosity as we make sense together and provide guidance based on a thorough understanding of your needs. My team and I bring my research background in child development and extensive clinical experience to your questions. Parenting, and relationships in general, while rewarding in the best of ways can also feel bewildering, challenging and impossible. Making sense of what goes on in someone else’s mind or what motivates their behavior can be so confusing, particularly when it comes to understanding children. My expertise is in helping you figure out what motivates your own behavior and that of your children so that you can make deeper, sustained connections that support your relationships over the long-term.
We look forward to helping you in your parenting journey!