Blog & Updates
Currently, I primarily blog on this website, although admittedly not as frequently as recommended. Writing can be wonderfully therapeutic in a variety of ways. Whether you share what you write with the whole world, just your therapist, or no one, I hope you can experience the self-discovery, emotional dumping, and joy that writing can bring.
Last week, Nick McGill of CBS4 interviewed me about the burnout people are experiencing with empathy with all of the stress and stressful events in the world over the last 18 months. Here are 4 things to do to help you manage empathy burnout and overwhelm.
The flexibility of Brainspotting means that each session can look a little different. Clients have several options to help them find the most healing possible.
Last Summer, I had the opportunity to record a podcast with Dr. Kathryn Guylay of Make Everything Fun. She was able to weave the conversation from publishing books to community to passions to Brainspotting to Imago Relationship Therapy and online courses – so many things I love.
A Certified Brainspotting Consultant & Specialty Trainer and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist introduces how to combine Brainspotting and couples counseling
Birthmother’s day, traditionally the Saturday before Mother’s Day, started in 1990. Some adoptive families like to dedicate this day to the first mother, while others like to celebrate both adoptive mothers and birthmothers on Mother’s Day. Truly, whatever works best for your family is probably the right answer, but recognizing and celebrating your child’s birthmother during the weekend will be beneficial to your child emotionally and your parent-child relationship.
Mother’s Day can often be a trigger for adoptees. As a single adoptive mother, I don’t expect gifts or pampering. Parenting kids with a history of trauma and/or loss, we have extra things to consider even with normal gift ideas. Here are some ways you can surprise the single foster or adoptive mamas in your community:
There is a lot of insecurity for a lot of people right now, but our children seem to be more secure than ever before. Maybe 2020 wasn’t all bad. My newest NYE tradition is thankfulness and reflection.
We are struggling as individuals, as parents, and our children are struggling too. 7th grade history class is not essential. Your child’s mental health matters. Your child’s relationship with you matters.
As we start looking forward to 2021, we can prepare by taking the time and space we need now to fully process all the stresses, losses, hurts, and anxieties from 2020. We need to process the trauma and the grief. [CBS4Indy Video]
My passion for older child adoption was solidified when a child that was maybe eight, handed me an infant, understanding that most people are interested only in very young children…
2020 has been enough to overwhelm anyone.To have the emotional stamina for this marathon, I have to dose my dissociation rather than binge it and focus on neurobiological regulation amidst all of the tragedies.
Adult adoptees and birth parents may find they are struggling with restrictions and isolation. Many young adoptees are responding positively to more time with family and having to navigate fewer relationships.