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Strengthen your adoptive family


Adoption is a beautiful way to build a family. However, prior to adoption, there is usually grief, loss and trauma that impacts the brain in significant and lasting ways. This can lead to difficulty in attaching securely, self-regulation and maladaptive behaviors. To repair these results and enhance the development of your adopted child, adoptive parents […]

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Attachment and Trauma Center Conference

conference registration

I am so excited about our upcoming conference with Central Texas Attachment and Trauma Center! Please take a peak if you are a parent to an adopted child or a child with a history of trauma. Registration will be open soon on Evenbrite. Hope to see you there! CLICK FLYER TO ZOOM

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Mindful Parenting With Adopted Children

Adopted Children

Adoption is a beautiful way to build families and offer solutions to many disheartening problems. However, experiences prior to and during adoption are tough and leave lasting effects on the brains of our adoptive children. The effects can be undone, thanks to neuroplasticity, but it takes work. Many adopted children have not experienced the comfort, […]

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Therapeutic Healing with Adoptive Children

Therapeutic Healing with Adoptive Children

As a therapist specializing in Therapeutic healing, I felt drawn to work with adoptive children and families right from the start. I always wanted to help children find their voice and feel comfortable, confident and proud of their place in this world. Growing up in this way lays a foundation for long-term emotional well-being and […]

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Using TBRI® As a Therapist

TBRI Therapy

Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is a model I use as a therapist with children and families to promote positive change. I especially use TBRI® with adoptive families. It is a therapeutic approach to relationship between caregiver and child. The caregiver establishes a foundation of trust with the child through connecting with the child in […]

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TBRI® for adoptive families

TBRI Therapy Austin

As promised, this post serves as a follow up to my September 2013 post on Adoptive Parenting. TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention®) for adoptive families is an amazing approach to parenting your attachment-challenged child or foster/adoptive child. TBRI® is based on three principles: connecting with your child, empowering your child, and correcting your child. The focus […]

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Theraplay Techniques

Theraplay Therapist Austin Texas

Theraplay Techniques To Build Attachment In Your Foster/Adoptive Family. The relationship and interaction with the primary caregiver is crucial for optimal development for a baby. A secure attachment can be established when the primary caregiver serves as: the protector (“Everything will be ok. I’ll take care of you, set limits, and keep you safe.”), provider […]

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Adoptive Parenting

Adoptive parenting

I continue to be inspired by the work of Dr. Karyn Purvis and her folks at TCU. Recently they were in Houston, speaking at the Empowered to Connect Conference. In case you missed it, I’d like to just take some time and review those important, yet basic TBRI strategies. The three main goals of adoptive […]

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Parenting an Attachment-Challenged Child

parenting a challenged child

“Parents need to remember that parenting an attachment-challenged child is a marathon, not a sprint.” I read this quote and immediately knew I wanted to blog about it. Many of my parents that I am working with worry… is this working? Am I parenting the best way possible to help my child overcome his disordered […]

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Child behavior issues

child behavior issues austin tx

How to Avoid Getting Stuck in child behavior issues (Crisis) Situations With Your Child The Train Must Keep Moving: Child behavior issues. Oh the dreaded meltdown, outburst, tantrum, child behavior issues, crisis or whatever your family has deemed to call it! Whatever you call it, when you child is in it, no one is having […]

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