Parenthood and childhood are full of joy, challenge and change, just like life. Heartful Solutions for Families offers counseling to support child and family well-being during stressful times.
Child and Family Counseling
Parents want to enjoy their children and kids want to enjoy being kids. I integrate mindfulness, play, art and attachment-based activities to engage children under the age of twelve in family therapy. Whether you are seeking help for common family experiences or trauma, a playful approach helps families learn new behaviors, communicate, connect emotionally and navigate changes.
Play is so important in child development that it's been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Play is the natural language of children, allowing them to communicate that which cannot captured by words. In play therapy children learn to cope with change, master confusing or difficult experiences, express emotions, conquer anxiety and assert their strengths. Sand tray, art, toys, puppets and other creative modalities are the tools of the play therapist, allowing insight into the mind of the child.
“You can learn more about a person in one hour of play
than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
Parent Consultation and Coaching
I will listen to your concerns, give feedback and help you explore options. In some cases this may be reassurance that your child is on target, going through a phase, or you may want parent coaching to help you make changes.
- You have questions about whether your child’s behavior is developmentally appropriate or may benefit from treatment.
- You have question about your child’s school adjustment, academic progress or homework struggles.
- You have experienced a traumatic event, loss or other stressor in the family and need help making a plan for moving forward in a way that best supports your child.
- You have questions about how to talk to the kids about major transitions such as adoption, separation, divorce, deployment,loss or absence of a family member.
- You have questions about how to help your child socially.
- You wonder if your relationship with your child is suffering because of your own reactivity but you are embarrassed to ask for help.
- Your have questions or need support for your gender variant or transgender child.
“When the gusty winds blow and shake our lives, if we know that there are people who care about us,we may bend with the wind - but we won’t break.” Fred Rogers
Mindful Co-parenting and Divorce
The decision to divorce is stressful, and the decisions related to parenting through divorce are charged with emotion. Mindful co-parenting asks each parent to be mindful of their children’s needs at each moment before, during and after divorce. I will help you pay attention to what matters most to kids so that you can make child-friendly decisions during separation and divorce. Having a safe and neutral person mediate allows you to continue to being a good parents by creating a peaceful and positive environment for raising children cooperatively.