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.
Our work with Toni was instrumental for both our family and our teenage daughter. Toni had a unique ability to help us understand our daughter while at the same time making sure that we were providing the structure and supports that she needed. Toni was able to let us know when our support was needed and when we needed to allow her to make her own decisions. The balance was critical to her progress at the time and we know has been a large part of her successful transition to adulthood. I can recommend Toni’s support to any parent without reservation.
It is important to note that a child in clinical crisis — such as self-harm or suicidal ideation — must be supported by an individual or family therapist, not Solutions Parenting Support. Our crisis parent coaching support is meant to help you with highly challenging situations within the parenting dynamic and give you strategic solutions to better respond to your child’s behaviors.