Psychotherapy for resilience and wellbeing

A resource for parents and grandparents of children with special needs

Welcome to my practice!

Individual, couples and family therapy

When you struggle with unexpected life events, trauma or loss, or you are trapped in the narrow trenches of depression or anxiety, it is no small thing just to survive. I believe that each person has unique gifts to offer the world, and the seeds of those gifts are often found in the struggles that they find themselves in. Psychotherapy helps you to find greater resilience and wellbeing in all aspects of your life.

I have enormous respect for the courage it takes to be in therapy. I create a space where you feel fully seen so that you can  transform the way that you see yourself. I view my role as a guide and mentor in the therapy journey, helping to shine a light on the possibilities that are there within you to live a more satisfying life.

Support for families of children with special needs

When you become a parent, you give birth to all sorts of expectations. Learning that your child has special needs is like putting a pin into this bubble of expectations. You can feel a sense of shock, disappointment and fear, and might have doubts about your ability to parent your child. Your relationship with our partner and with our other children can become more strained. You might isolate ourselves from other parents, because you might feel that they can’t really appreciate what you’re going through.

You have even less time for yourself. And when you aren’t feeling balanced, it’s even harder to be there for your child.

Surviving and Thriving puts the focus on you, the parent, because when you are thriving, your children will benefit as well. We invite you to find support and inspiration in our workshops and support groups. We also provide coaching as well as individual, couples and family therapy. We also provide support for other members of the family, including grandparents!

Grateful In The New Year

Grateful In The New Year

  With January just beginning, my thoughts turn to the clean canvas of a new year and ways I can make 2015 even better than the year that has just passed. My resolutions, especially when it comes to being the mother of a child with autism, usually stem from a...

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In Praise Of Laziness

In Praise Of Laziness

  I don’t think there is a word more laden with negativity than the descriptor, “lazy.” As a culture, we are allergic to that word. And I have to admit that when I am beating myself up about the way I parent my son with autism, that is a word that comes to mind....

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Learning To Love The Dandelions

Learning To Love The Dandelions

  I’ve been preoccupied lately (some would say obsessed) with thoughts about my son’s future. In six short years, he will be 21, an age that strikes terror into the heart of anyone who has a child with special needs. Services like physical and speech therapy, and...

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Acceptance And Change: The Challenge For Parents

Acceptance And Change: The Challenge For Parents

  About ten years ago, I had the opportunity to hear a speech by Temple Grandin, an icon in the world of autism. She holds a Ph.D., and is an expert in animal behavior, as well as an advocate for those on the spectrum. I don’t remember details from her talk, but...

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Mind The Gap: Helping Our Other Children Survive And Thrive

Mind The Gap: Helping Our Other Children Survive And Thrive

  Recently, I got a text message from my daughter, who was away at college. She told me that she was listening to a panel of young adults with Asperger’s syndrome discuss their relationships with their families. She heard them express some resentment towards...

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The Possibilities Illuminated In The Dark

The Possibilities Illuminated In The Dark

  What is it about worry and the middle of the night? I am a fairly frequent visitor to what a friend calls 3 a.m. meetings. I don’t recommend them and you should consider yourself lucky if you are not familiar with them. A troublesome thought will come to me,...

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A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning

A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning

Every spring, I resolve to get rid of clutter: kitchen utensils we no longer use, clothes that don’t fit my kids anymore, old toys, catalogues…all of that stuff that only serves to get in the way of finding everything else. When I take some action, I am always amazed...

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Facing a New Piece of the Puzzle

Facing a New Piece of the Puzzle

As my son grows older, that omnipresent symbol of autism, the puzzle piece, seems ever more appropriate. The word “puzzle” becomes both noun and adjective, suggesting not only the questions, but also the sense of uncertainty, and even outright frustration, for those...

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