Co-Owner/Transitional Specialist/Parent Coach
I believe that the best that we can do for ourselves, our families and our communities during challenging times is to know when we truly need help, have the courage to track down the right supports and ask for help and to have the willingness to take action with the support of others. While some of the things that occur in our lives are out of our control, we each have the power to do something to effectively work with what we are given.
Since 2001 I have supported adolescents, young adults and their families to uncover their strengths and to fight the victim mentality so that they could take charge of their lives. As a wilderness therapy field staff, therapist and clinical director in two renowned wilderness therapy programs over 15 years, I supported families through the grief they felt over the unexpected challenges they faced and toward a new strengths-based paradigm. As a parent coach since 2014, I have guided parents in to develop the courage to authentically self-assess, in order to steward their families forward with grace and intention.
I graduated with an MSW in 2002 from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research after completing my undergraduate work at Muhlenberg College.
My coaching style values authenticity, integrity and the importance of facing discomfort with intention and awareness.
I was an adjunct faculty for the MSW program at Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions for several years until June of 2020. I have been a step-parent since 2008, which keeps me a constant learner and pushes me to practice what I preach. The experiences of parenting, co-parenting in a split family and sustaining my marriage through it all, encourage me to look deeply into my own strengths and struggles in order to show up as my best self.
About Solutions Parenting Support
Over the years, Jen Murphy, Jen Rapp and I gained much insight into how difficult it is for children and parents to sustain what they learned in treatment once they returned home.
In traditional treatment programs, it is the child’s responsibility for continuing their growth in the home setting, but, up until now, there has been very little focus or resources dedicated to helping the parents maintain, with confidence, their responsibility in this journey alongside their child.
We all felt called to find ways to better support parents and created Solutions Parenting Support to give parents the confidence and tools to navigate the tough terrain of raising struggling adolescents, teens and young adults.
We maintain humility and openness about our own learning processes. We are all teachers and learners with our eyes and hearts open to the idea that our clients are both our students and our teachers.
Let’s work together!
Whether you’re just starting to feel concerned about your child’s behavior or you are already on the path to healing through a treatment program, (and your child is transitioning home), Solutions Parenting Support has several options to help you, including custom group workshops, online parenting courses to individual long and short-term coaching sessions.