I built this practice around providing everything I searched for endlessly at the beginning of my “parenting differently” journey, and could not find.
Almost a decade ago, I attended a FASCETS training on the neurobehavioral model that forever changed the way my husband and I viewed our daughter and her behaviors. The information we were missing, and now had, strengthened our relationship with our then-toddler daughter in ways we could not have imagined, and restored a peace to our home that had been desperately missing.
I was a clinical social worker long before I was a parent, but I had no concept of what it meant to parent a child who has a brain that works differently than what society (including parents!) expect. This life-changing journey of finding myself parenting a child with significant neurobehavioral challenges left me with a desire to change my area of clinical focus and walk alongside and support other parents who have children with challenging behavioral symptoms, and who experience that sense of loss and isolation I once felt in my own parenting. My mission is to help those parents understand the brain first approach to parenting and to implement it into their day-to-day life, so that over time, they too can experience increased connection with their child and renewed hope for their family's future.
Therapist | Support Coach | Parent | Educator
Eileen has over a 15 years of clinical experience and is the adoptive mother of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a serious neurobehavioral condition. She believes that when we understand the way a child's brain works, we then understand the meaning behind challenging behaviors. Eileen's goal is to not only support parents in feeling more competent and confident in connecting with their child by parenting from a brain first perspective, but to also recognize their experience as the parent of a child with challenging behavioral symptoms and the impact this has on their sense of self and well-being. When these two sides of the coin can be equally addressed, there is less frustration and increased hope in this unique parenting journey.
Eileen has her License in Clinical Social Work and is a certified FASCETS facilitator. She has also completed Tier 1 training in Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving. In addition to facilitating trainings for organizations nationally and internationally, Eileen is also an instructor for C.A.S.E.’s Training for Adoption Competency, where she trains mental health professionals in becoming adoption competent.