Hi, thanks for visiting my website and I am so glad you are here. I wanted to let you know a bit about my background, my work, and my vision.
One of the reasons I’m so passionate about helping families who have children with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is because I’ve lived in your shoes. Years ago I found myself searching for answers with one of my foster children who had not yet been diagnosed with RAD. I knew I was a loving mother, and that I truly loved children. I had been a preschool teacher for many years and had 3 children of my own, but it seemed the more I loved this particular child the more she pushed away. Everywhere I turned no one understood, even social workers and the therapist we worked with, ended up only empowering her, and she became more controlling and unhealthy. It was so hard to explain my feelings. I wanted to connect and love her, but every time a glimmer of hope would present itself, soon after she would ruin things. I started to feel resentful and I hated myself for feeling that way. Where ever we went others found her delightful and charming which would further infuriate me. She seemed to relish controlling my emotions and I would end up wondering how I could feel this way about a wounded child. My hopes of providing love and worth to this child in-need were shattered. People saw me as a mother that was overreacting, or a mom who didn’t love her enough.
Does this sound familiar?
I reached out to a social worker that knew me well and finally someone took the time to research the information I was giving. She herself had no idea what was wrong, but as we investigated together the right help was found. I am forever thankful, not just for leading me to the right help for the child, but for leading me to the purpose God had for me.
I was blessed 25 years ago to find training from several well-regarded experts in the field of attachment. I ended up adopting 3 children with Reactive Attachment Disorder. I also worked as a lay therapist for over 10 years. I decided to start my own programs providing Therapeutic Motivational Respite and Professional Parent Coaching. I have fostered over 150 children through my therapeutic programs. I have been blessed and privileged to have work with over 300 families.
I know what families go through dealing with a child affected with RAD or Early Childhood Trauma. I understand what the other children in your home are experiencing as well, but most of all I know that children with attachment disorder can heal, learn to love and lead productive lives. Some of my greatest joy has been experiencing a child love for the first time. I have developed many programs over the years that bring healing and hope to families in need. I have dedicated myself to finding solutions that will work for the whole family.
I look forward to hearing and working with you!