Parenting is a turbulent journey….full of bumps, twists and turns. Our greatest joys and our deepest regrets and heartache often accompany our jobs as parents. It is hard, it is incredibly humbling, and it is the best job on the planet. Change can happen, even with family patterns that seem impossibly entrenched. It just starts with little steps, and I can help you get there…
I am a licensed psychotherapist, mother of three (26, 20, and 17), and was previously a Montessori toddler teacher for 8 years. I have the great privilege of fusing all of these areas of experience into a private practice in which I support parents and teachers to lovingly guide and deeply connect with the children they share their lives with.
Are parenting sessions for the whole family? Do you see our kids also?
Our sessions are for grown-ups only, and I don’t see young children in my practice. Most of the time parents find that our work together is enough to make significant shifts in how things feel at home. If during our work together I sense that your child could use some extra support, I’ll refer you to one of my colleagues that specializes in working with children.
How many parent coaching sessions does it take to make a difference?
My goal is that every session will make a difference. If parents have a very specific concern, we’ll tackle it in that first session and my hope is you’ll get some ideas and strategies that session that truly make a difference. My favorite way to work with clients is to have 3-4 sessions together to establish a really solid foundation and working relationship, and to do some “real world” practice and fine-tuning. After that, we might move to less frequent “check-ups” or on an as-needed basis.
Although, many parents find that having regular sessions on the calendar each month are a great way to take care of themselves through all of the twists and turns that parenting takes. My hope is that we’ll create a relationship that you can lean on through the years as you parent your way through different stages.
You’re a therapist, but call yourself a “coach” – why?
I choose to utilize a coaching model in my practice. This means that I use more direct guidance than a traditional therapist might. The way I conceptualize it is that my own thoughts, feelings, and life experiences are more “in the room” than a traditional therapy model calls for. You’ll notice that I’ll openly share what my observations are, offer direct suggestions and ideas, give homework, point out patterns, and share my own feelings and experiences as a mom.
Having used both a therapeutic and coaching model before, I’ve found that this “in the room” approach is more efficient. We develop a rich and connected working relationship and get to more “aha!” moments all within significantly fewer sessions than with traditional therapy.
My clients report that they feel understood, honored, and deeply cared for by me…. and very challenged. I hold all of us to be our best selves. So we must keep pushing ourselves to do the hard stuff – all with loads of compassion for all the pain and fear that’s in the way.
What is the cost for sessions? Do you take insurance?
My rate for both parent coaching and individual counseling is $150, for a 60 minute session. I do not accept insurance myself, and am not on any insurance panels. If your carrier has out-of-network benefits, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Some clients also successfully use their flex spending accounts for my fee.
What are your hours?
I see clients Monday through Friday, beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm each day.