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.
Stockings are a great place to add in sensory toys and fidgets that can be therapeutic and fun. Perhaps your child is more likely to try a sensory toy from Santa than they are to accept it from you.
A list of gift ideas for counselors and therapists would not be complete without recommendations for a cardigan. I found several great handmade options on Etsy.
A few months ago, I was able to sit down with Lisa Qualls of The Adoption Connection to share a little bit about Brainspotting for adoptive families. We discuss what Brainspotting is, why I recommend it for Adoption Therapy, implicit v. explicit memories, and why your child doesn’t need to talk about their trauma for therapy to work. We also touch on ways that foster and adoptive parents can integrate Brainspotting principles into their parenting.
These gift ideas for Foster or Adoptive Parents will inspire you to find the right gift to communicate I see you and I value you and what you are doing.
Gift ideas for kids & adults to find sensory balance for all 8 senses: proprioceptive, vestibular, hearing, sight, touch, smell, taste, & interoception.
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.