TRANSITIONAL SPECIALIST/PARENT COACH
One of the most consistent and difficult things life brings is transition, often one transition after another. No matter how often we engage in life transitions they bring a multitude of emotions including joy and excitement along with fears and anxiety. And while these transitions are ours alone to do, we don’t have to do them alone. Having community and support allows us to face our fears and move forward through our transitions with growth and grace.
I have worked as an individual and family therapist since 1996. I have spent 7 years working internationally in therapeutic boarding schools and 16 years in wilderness therapy as both a primary therapist and clinical director. While I have worked with a wide variety of clinical issues, I have an expertise in addiction, recovery and defiance. I see defiance as a great personal strength. Those who have had the greatest impact on our world did so through defiance. Defiance is truly a superpower.
I believe in challenging myself and those I work with to get outside our comfort zones to learn more about ourselves and our world.
My education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mars Hill College, a Masters in Public Affairs as well as a Masters in Community Counseling, both from Western Carolina University.
I am a grandmother of four boys who I get to see every day. I love the outdoors, adventure and travel. I believe in challenging myself and those I work with to get outside our comfort zones to learn more about ourselves and our world. My favorite thing to do is anything I have never done before.
About Solutions Parenting Support
Over the years, we have 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.