Why I am unique:
I see the potential in all kids where others may see struggles, problems or issues.
I connect with kids and teens easily and quickly, seeing their uniqueness and accepting their struggles without judgment.
I allow kids to be themselves and help them become confident in who they are ~ because I see them, accept them, and am confident in the “hidden gem” inside each and every child.
My approach differs from traditional counseling because I use tools that help kids make a shift in how they see themselves and their place in this world. I allow kids to feel what it is like to be who they are, in the company of an adult, and to be valued for the gift they are. We live in a world where kids internalize messages that leave them questioning themselves, their purpose, and how to treasure their uniqueness. I find such genuine joy in helping children realize how special they really are and giving them the opportunities to celebrate their beauty!
I work with parents, siblings and families in unique ways that allow each member to feel empowered to help create a home environment that works for everyone!
I believe children can navigate the experiences of life with growth and grace vs. pain and fear…once they are given the tools!
I believe children can learn to define themselves…once they are helped to recognize how they tend to give that power to others. Children who realize this are more relaxed, able to live their own truth, open to others and create fulfilling friendships.
I believe in teaching children about living authentically, where they can operate from a state of joy. Their feelings tell them if they are aligned with their authentic self or not. They then have the choice to bring themselves back to alignment with their authenticity, thus living more happily.
I believe children have a pure spirit and innate knowing of who they truly are and when given positive and supportive feedback from a caring adult, can tap into their own strength.
I believe all children have strengths and unlimited potential; most just need someone to shine a light on those gifts in order for them to really accept this.
I believe all children really just want to be seen, heard and loved.
I believe once children realize the power they have to create their own happiness, they will choose that.
I believe children can be shown the power of their thoughts to create a better world; that they can embrace the life energy available to them each moment and live authentically.
I believe children internalize a lot of messages from the world that hold them back and create negative thinking but once they have an awareness of this, can be free to allow their true beauty and potential to be unleashed!
I believe siblings can each do their part to learn who they are and help the entire family system operate from a place of love, understanding, acceptance, joy and diversity!
I believe parents love their children and truly want what is best for them.
I believe parents can benefit from learning new perspectives on not only their children’s behaviors but also on how the family system is operating and ways they can shift this to help create more peace and happiness!
Working Together With Your Child and You
Initially I have parents complete an exploration session form and we schedule an exploration session (via phone, Zoom or in person) with one or both parents or guardians of a potential client. We use this focused time to assess if I feel both the child and parents are a good fit for my programs and if parents feel what I offer matched their needs. If both parents and I feel this is a good match, we set up the first session, which is 75-90 minutes and is typically with parents and I. Before this occurs, your child fills out an assessment. During this initial session, I get a better sense of both parents’ and child’s perspectives of what has been happening. At this session, together we create goals that form the foundation of my work with your child and family.
I then work with children 1:1 in person or via Zoom sessions. Throughout our sessions I teach children tools and techniques, talk about daily situations that arise and how to apply the tools and techniques, use guided imageries, stories and videos, and listen to your child. Programs include sessions for parents, siblings or family based on needs.
I use a process based on 4 Pillars 4 Success:
I believe working with children is an honor and the time I spend with them is powerful and sacred.
I think sessions with kids are most productive when we have fun and allow our authentic selves to show up ~ we may sing, dance, play games, draw, build, create or read stories. In creating an environment that feels energizing, I help children connect with their authentic (true) selves and gain an awareness of how that feels and looks.
I help children feel comfortable with who they are, their gifts and talents, creating a safe place for them to realize the huge contribution they are to the world simply by being themselves.
I help children release limiting beliefs and recognize ways they can be unique while still living within the parameters parents and teachers set for them.
I help parents see kids’ behavior in a new way, allowing them choices in how they want to respond to and deal with the behaviors.
I also work with parents on healing patterns they may not be conscious of that are affecting family dynamics.
I have my yorkie poo, Rylie, join me in my sessions. He serves different purposes with different clients: for some he is a gauge for being calm and present, with others he helps them open up, while other clients gain confidence in themselves through their interactions with Rylie. At times he sits with my client or I, while other times he simply sleeps in his kennel. Having Rylie in a session can help with modeling connection, mastering anxiety, teaching safety, learning about unconditional, nonjudgmental love, reading nonverbal behavior to enhance communication or overall confidence. Rylie is definitely a bonus “co-life coach” who is very willing to be at sessions for your child’s or family’s needs ~ he is not guaranteed to be at or appropriate for all sessions.
What can your child achieve working with me:
Empowered. Your child will realize that being a child doesn’t mean “I don’t have any choices” but can see the many opportunities they have to free themselves of limiting thoughts and beliefs and create the life they dream of.
Confidence. In who they are and what they are capable of.
Connection. You and your child will feel more connected to your own spirit, which then allows connection more freely between parents, kids, teachers and peers.
Clarity. In their strengths and how their weaknesses are actually gifts.
Happiness. Once the weight is lifted off their shoulders, kids realize the power they have to change their outlook on life and the experiences that come their way, based on the thoughts they give their energy to. This is also true for families.
Now that you have a better idea about the results you can expect having your son or daughter and family work with me, you can to go to my services page to learn about Services and Programs I offer.