TRANSITIONAL SPECIALIST/PARENT COACH
Over the past twenty years I have worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including wilderness, residential and transitional living. I have also supported many parents through their process as their child/adolescent/young adult navigates life. Seeing people learn and grow, watching difficult situations become easier has been an honor over the years. I believe I’ve learned as much through this journey as the families I’ve been able to support.
I received my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of New Hampshire and I earned my Masters degree in Mental Health from the University of Phoenix. I am also trained in DBT and EMDR. I use these modalities in parent coaching to help parents understand the brain function behind behaviors and responses, both in themselves and their kids. I also have training in complex trauma, attachment issues, depression, anxiety and healthy life-skill development.
When I am in my parent coaching role, I support parents in finding self-compassion and building on their strengths. I work towards a balance of offering support through the difficult emotions of the process they are in with creating concrete strategies to help facilitate change.
I am originally from New England and have lived in Utah since 2000. I am an avid skier and that is what originally brought me out west. I also enjoy all things outdoors, any type of water sports especially rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding. Additionally, cooking and eating good food, spending time with my husband and friends and getting back east to see my family are ways I like to recharge and spend my free time.
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.