I am a psychotherapist, parenting coach, and children's book author who specializes in helping kinship families, also known as "grandfamilies," cope with trauma and loss. I am also a public speaker, grandfamily advocate, and CASA volunteer in Delaware County, PA. I use a trauma-responsive approach to help families begin the healing process and learn the tools to move forward with their lives after experiencing adversity.
I believe the antidote to childhood trauma is building trust, and this is most effective when children and caregivers participate in sessions together. I work with both the child and the caregiver to establish a foundation of confidence and connection as a stepping-stone toward lifelong healing for each family member. When we help one family member, we help them all.
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I am also the author of the children's book, A Grandfamily for Sullivan. It is a story about a young koala who goes to live with his Grandma when his parents are unable to keep him safe. The story addresses Sullivan's feelings of loss, sadness, and anxiety, as he learns the truth about why his parents can't take care of him. Sullivan's story is a critical tool for therapists, social workers, teachers, and caregivers to talk about the reasons why children can't live at home, in a child-friendly manner. The story also incorporates coping skills for loss and trauma that children can easily implement in their lives. The book is available for purchase HERE.