If you were given permission to embrace your wild child, how would your life change? As a parent you may worry that your child's behaviors won't serve them as adults. Oftentimes, however, it is the behaviors you find frustrating that can serve your child well when they are a teenager and adult. Learn how nurturing discipline can build your child's emotional resilience and life skills.
What if supporting the wild child in you could help free you from self-doubt, sadness, and discontent? Learn how to deepen your relationship with yourself in order to create a life with more freedom and personal meaning.
Together we will work to understand behavior and emotions, identify innate strengths, and discover ways to support the wild child in your life:
- identify individual needs and skills
- learn about developmentally appropriate behaviors
- understand the role of emotions
- discover areas that may need healing.
My work supports you individually and/or your parent-child relationship as a whole. Together we will discover ways to improve interpersonal and family well-being at home, at school, and in the community.
- Children, Teenagers, Parents, Families
- Bullying, Aggression, Anxiety and Depression
- Social Skills, School Refusal & Stress
- Parent-Child Relationship Sessions
- Parenting Workshops (link)
- Fulfilled Mothering Group (link)
- Playshops (ages 0-3, link)
- Family Communication
- LGBTQ Affirming & Inclusive
- TeleMental Health, School & Home Visits
- Recommended Books (link)
Office Hours Sundays 9a-5p, Thursdays 9a-12p
Office Location Atlanta, GA 30324
Fees $125 + (call for details and sliding scale options)
Services Individual & family counseling, workshops, groups, home & school visits, online telehealth services.
Do you have a wild child?
Is your child emotionally intense?
Does your child seek physically intense interactions?
Are they sensitive to feedback or their environment?
Does your kid lash out for no reason?
Are you feeling like a wild child yourself?
Are you struggling with your role as a parent?
Do you find yourself lashing out or bursting into tears?
Are you sad, restlessness or discontent?
Is it hard to connect with and enjoy your children?
What to Expect
I view every behavior as a means of communication, whether it's your own or your child's. I do not pathologize behavior, and the goal is never compliance. Instead I work with you and your family right where you are right now.
These are the guidelines I follow:
- I embrace your child's current development and skills. Behavior is a valid means of communication, and we will work to understand the need being communicated without pathologizing the behavior.
- Our relationship is one of equals. I will seek your permission and permission from your child in every interaction and activity.
- All forms of communication are accepted. We are not limited to verbal communication. We can also use art, play, song, dance, and other alternative forms of communication, including all forms of AAC and Facilitated Communication.
- Body autonomy will always be respected. Stop means stop and no means no. Always.
- Eye contact is neither required nor requested.
- I do not use or encourage the use of rewards or punishments. No stickers, toys, food, swats, time outs, grounding, threats, etc.
- Children and parents have complete freedom of movement. While sitting is an option, we also embrace movement, fidgeting, and laying on the ground.
- I believe in a client-led approach and respect each individual's development and skills - children and adults alike.
- You and your child can end the session at any time.
- Parents are welcome in every therapy session. A child can invite a parent to join the session, or ask the parent to wait in the waiting area.
- I will follow your child’s lead in the therapy process. Children know what they need, and I will help and support them while following their lead in the therapy sessions.
These guidelines are inspired by "Respectfully Connected" author Court Alice Thatcher. You can read her post about the importance of respectful therapies for neurodivergent children here.