M.A., Trauma Informed Coach
Parenting is amazing + challenging! Let's create a "parenting toolkit" co-parents can use now to positively impact your child's behavior.
2304 E Burnside St.
10211 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97219
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1996
Any parent with a parenting challenge! Sole, coupled, separated, or divorced - open to exploring positive ways to co-parent, build your parenting confidence, and working with your children to team up to create a happier home. Any couple seeking to resolve communication break downs, unpack different attachment styles, defining relationship roles. The goal: to feel seen, heard, and understood. Teenagers who are struggling with teen life. Wanting to feel good/better about themselves.
I integrate a couples counseling approach to positively learn how to co-parent as a team or resolve conflicts. Areas of focus: Developing positive habits around communication, understanding our unique communication styles, defining our relationship roles, and discovering our shared (or different) values. Empathy is key. Our goal? To feel seen, heard and understood, all to foster better connection, intimacy, and trust from a non-judgmental place.
My focus is offering practical interventions as a strategy to reduce the likelihood of conflict. Example: If a child is prone to (what feels like) too many temper tantrums, what can we do to help both the child and parent see a pattern in the behavior, and practice self regulation techniques? Solution = stop the tantrum before it ever begins.
A Client Centered approach developed by Carl Rogers was the philosophical core of my Masters and I still bring it into my practice today. It emphasizes a nondirective, nonjudgemental, empathetic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process. This counseling is based on Rogers’ belief that everyone strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential.
I've been teaching the class: 'Helping Children Cope With Family Change' for 4 years as a Parent Educator for Multnomah County Family Court Services. I have met with hundreds of parents in a discussion group format, all of whom are moving through conflict which resulted in a separation or divorce. My approach is to offer practical solutions and experiential exercises to encourage communication.
The experience of raising children is an opportunity self-reflect and to explore your current beliefs about parent-child relationships. The intense personal growth which we can discover though being a parent (and learning from our children) can be affirming, challenging, and incredibly exciting! Personal growth is a constant compass bearing in my Counseling practice. I'm also certified as a Trauma Informed Coach and have lots of familiarity dealing with breakup grief.
Kudos to you for being open to exploring ways to be better at parenting! This is a hugely rewarding endeavor, but did not come with an instruction manual. I can help! I'm Certified as a Parent Educator in nationally recognized Positive Discipline + Nurturing Parenting Programs. 25+ years experience working with parents, Currently am a Parent Educator for Multnomah Family Court. And, a dad myself!
I coordinated a public school counseling program and was a K-12 School Counselor for 16 years. I met with students with personal, academic, career, and family issues (caseload 400+ students). I dealt with just about any problem you can imagine, and did so in an easy going yet structured way students related to.
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