I was honored to be asked to contribute to Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues (2014) as the only contributing author who is not also an adoptee.
Therapeutic Workbooks for Kids
When I stumbled across an old project I created for a client called “The Bully Book”, I sought the guidance of Entourage Publishing regarding best practices to make an e-book or a downloadable PDF so more kids could benefit from what we had created; I was surprised that not only did she want to publish The Bully Book: A Workbook for Kids Coping with Bullies (2016) as an e-book and a paperback, but that she also wanted me to create a series of therapeutic workbooks for kids.
Additional Written Works
In addition to these books, I have been blogging for various platforms since 2008 when I was hired as the Mental Health Expert Contributor by DietsInReview, which was named one of the Top 50 Healthy Bloggers by Mamavation in 2013. I have also been published by MSNBC, Today, TraineoPLUS, Current.com, Reuters.com, the Chicago Sun Times, the International Business Times, Health Bubble, Yahoo Buzz, Adoption Today, Expert Beacon, iVillage, and more.
Getting to know you, back to school, introduce yourself exercises asking kids (or adults) to share photos can be a trauma trigger for way more people than you realize.Senior year and graduation events can be especially painful. I would recommend moving toward sharing “favorite photos” rather than “little you” pics.
If we want to see growth, we have to set expectations that can be achieved. Expectations must be individual and we cannot set them without truly knowing and understanding another. Expectations cannot be set on chronological age, education, appearance, or even past performance
It was a joy to get to talk with Dr. Mark Grixti about our shared passions of Brainspotting and Adoption Therapy on his podcast. Therapists and attachment figures can benefit from fully meeting the child’s expression of their emotional world unconditionally to let their system feel heard and facilitate co-regulation. Pressures of time and expectation of outcome can inadvertently impede the sense of trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship
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