I am the mother of three grown children. They are three of my very favorite people ever. They have grown into the kind of people that I want to have as friends. They have chosen wonderful partners who add love and laughter to the mix.
I am also the grandmother of an amazing and wonderful young boy whose name is Bailey. My daughter-in-law came with the added bonus of her son Jack.
Raising teenagers was my favorite part of parenting. I loved to watch them becoming the people they would grow into.
Being a teenager is a challenging and vulnerable stage in life. When my children were teens I decided that I wanted to work with teenagers to support them through these vitally important changes. Then I realized that the person those teens really wanted in their lives was not me, but YOU…their own parent. When I support parents, I can create the opportunity for parents to be that point of connection for their kids.
During the past 9 years I have worked with parents in private practice and as a contracted provider with the State of Washington. State work provided me with an opportunity to work with families and children in a wide variety of ages, with a wide variety of issues. I have worked extensively with the parents of at risk youth.
I love the work that I do with parents to help them re-think the way they want to parent their children. I am inspired by their commitment to their children and by the courage I see as parents transform their relationships with their kids.
I live in my home town, Olympia Washington where I have lived for most of my life. I grew up here in Olympia, sailing and swimming, which has given me an enduring love for Puget Sound. I appreciate this community and all that it has to offer. I love being in, on or around Puget Sound with its beautiful surrounding forests where I go for reflection and renewal.
Education, Training and Certification:
Accredited Triple P practitioner 2014
Washington State Certified Counselor 2010
Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator 2010
ACFT Certified Family Coach 2010
Foster Parent Training 2008
PACA Certified Parent and Teen Coach 2007
Certified Mediator 2007
Registered Counselor 2006
Evergreen State College Bachelor of Arts 1995
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