My “Calling” Dumped Me. Here’s What Happened.

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling somewhat (okay, full stop honesty, a LOT) since I was let go from my part time position as a Trauma Therapist at a local crisis agency six months ago, followed a few months later by closing my private practice as a family and child play therapist. It is […]

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WTF is it with Pokemon Go?

First off, I’m at level 19.  A Chancey was right outside my house yesterday and I was able to catch it while sitting on my couch. I squealed a joyful success squeal when it was caught. Yep, I did that. Secondly, I was an adult with a young pre-schooler when Pokemon came out on the […]

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What Children Are Teaching Us

I grew up in a family of educators. My earliest memories include walking with my dad after school hours in the silent, old hallways of the high school he worked at, playing with the variety of highlighters and paper he gave me to bide my time while he did some work on the weekends. He […]

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Your Child Is Acting Out…What Can You Do?

As a child counselor, one of the most frequent reasons parents bring their kids to me is behavior issues in school and at home. And academic issues. And social issues. These wise parents understand that their child is struggling with something, and I am happy to help! In my office, I help by offering a […]

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Are You Feeling “Parental Guilt”? Here’s What To Do

***WARNING, STRONG LANGUAGE*** Parents are bombarded on the daily with opinions, advice, direction, and judgment. We are judged for just about every aspect of child-rearing: For having a natural birth or planning a C-section, extended breastfeeding, or not breastfeeding, for bottle-feeding or exclusive breastfeeding, for co-sleeping or independent sleeping, for vaccinating on schedule or taking […]

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Child-Led Play: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

I’ve been teaching parents a lot about play, and the different types of play, and why they are important. When we think of play, most folks don’t break it down into types but each kind of play serves a different purpose developmentally, socially, mentally, and emotionally. From Child-Led Play to Parent-Led, to Independent, Supervised, Unsupervised, Structured […]

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Welcome to my new website!

I have an updated theme, and some new content! I’ve been learning from a fantastic business program: Marie Forleo’s B-School. I’ve only done the first module, and the pre-start bonuses and have learned SO MUCH already. I’m amazed and excited about what the next seven weeks will bring. One of my GIANT, HUGE, GARGANTUAN insights is […]

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Let’s Just Toss Out The Word Dysfunctional, Shall We?

In all my time as a parent, as a child caregiver, as a healer and counselor, I have heard the word (and used it myself, often) “dysfunctional.”  It is used to describe families that aren’t “good enough” to put it simply. But what it actually means is a family or parenting that DOESN’T FUNCTION. I […]

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FEB. 6th, 10am! Empathy, Discipline and Connection with your Child – One More Time!

Register here: I’m going to hold this webinar another time. I’ve heard from several that weren’t able to attend, and I figured, why not? So if you didn’t get a chance to attend before, don’t miss this opportunity! Please register for Empathy, Discipline and Connection With Your Child on Feb 6, 2016 10:00 AM PST […]

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Smartphones and Kids

I’m gonna share something with you. This is serious. Yesterday I was at a short talk by a local Law Enforcement Officer who was discussing stalking, and cybercrime. He told us about recently a local man posed as a middle school aged girl, collected friends on Facebook, and groomed them, got them to share/trade nude […]

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