TRANSITIONAL SPECIALIST/PARENT COACH
I have worked in a wide variety of clinical settings —from therapeutic wilderness to residential, independent living, and transitional — working primarily with adolescents and their families.
Over the years, I have specialized in treating complex cases, including trauma, family systems, personality disorders, attachment trauma and dual-diagnoses.I am trained in DBT and have both run ongoing DBT groups and trained staff and family members in how to utilize DBT tools and adapt them in a manner that adolescents can accept. I am also trained in EMDR and have learned and created tools to support parents in reflecting on and coping with their own process in this journey.
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 attended the University of New Hampshire where I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Education. I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I have helped with program development at several different residential treatment centers and have been involved in staff training and coaching. I am currently helping to develop a young adult transition program.
I believe in implementing holistic wellness in therapy and coaching and focuses on clients’ natural strengths and what is in their control. I enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, river sports, yoga, spending time with family and working in my garden.
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.