Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Tomorrow is the first day of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates’ annual conference in Austin, TX, and I’m pumped up! I can’t wait to reconnect with other professionals who work with adoption, attend some of the sessions, and meet other adoptive parents and adoptees. And – I’m excited to share my ideas, rooted in an ecotherapy approach, […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Adoption, Attachment, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Play, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Kids who have experienced trauma – adoption, foster care, neglect, abuse, significant loss – often have unique needs. Traditional parenting approaches don’t always work, requiring some creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Here is one such out-of-the-box idea: let the lives of wild animals help you out.

The lives of wild animals (and plants) are full of fascinating and interesting […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Adoption, Ecotherapy, Healing, Hypervigilance, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

3 Children’s Books with Nature Themes to Help Kids with Trauma

Quincy and Buck by Camille Matthews

Ages: 5-7
“Quincy dreamed of trail riding. He wanted to feel the wind blowing in his mane and the sun warming his back….but riding in the desert is very different from riding in a corral. Anything could happen. When Quincy thought about this, he was too scared to go trail riding.”
This […]

By |August 17th, 2015|children's books, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Children’s Books with Nature Themes to Help Kids with Trauma

Do You Have a Child with Past Trauma Who Gets Really, Really MAD?! Check Out These 4 Children’s Books

Uh oh. Anger. This is such a difficult feeling for adults and kids alike. It can be powerful, uncomfortable, confusing, and frightening, especially for kids who have experienced trauma. It’s also a completely natural, normal feeling, and can even be helpful when managed in a healthy way. It provides energy and focus, which can allow […]

By |August 2nd, 2015|children's books, Healing, Parenting, Trauma|Comments Off on Do You Have a Child with Past Trauma Who Gets Really, Really MAD?! Check Out These 4 Children’s Books

Do We Really Need Nature?

I was walking along Town Lake the other day (a popular hike and bike trail along the Colorado River in Austin) when I came upon a family staring intently down into the water. A mom, dad, and their teenage daughter were completely captivated. I didn’t want to intrude, but my curiosity got the better of […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Ecotherapy, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Parenting, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do We Really Need Nature?

Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents

Anyone who is regularly exposed to trauma and suffering is at risk of developing secondary trauma. First responders, humanitarian workers, and ministers are but a few examples of people who regularly bear witness to suffering and trauma and who are, thus, at risk.

First Things First: What exactly is trauma?

Anything that overwhelms a person’s ability to […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Adoption, Hypervigilance, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents

7 great apps for stress, burnout, and trauma (one for parents too!)

Like a mad scientist, I researched, downloaded, and experimented. Then I tinkered and tested. Finally, I came up with this list of really great apps.

Each app offers something slightly different, and, all together, they run the gamut from dealing with traumatic stress, daily life stress, PTSD, parenting stress, and burnout and compassion fatigue. They’re all […]

By |April 19th, 2015|Birds, Nature, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma|Comments Off on 7 great apps for stress, burnout, and trauma (one for parents too!)

Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?

We can’t escape it. We can’t outrun it.

Some people turn to Ben & Jerry for help. Others zone out to Law & Order. For many, tablets, smartphones, and laptops bring needed relief.

Stress. Fatigue. Life is full of it – financial strains, work pressures, raising children, relationships, and health problems, to name a few. If you struggle with […]

By |April 6th, 2015|Birds, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma|Comments Off on Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?

Connecting with Your Child Through Play (even when it’s difficult)

This is the last post in a 3-part series on trauma and play.                         Here is Part 1 and Part 2

Spending time playing together can be a pretty tall order for parents who are raising kids with difficult behaviors. The immense daily stress of […]

By |March 21st, 2015|Parenting, Play, Trauma|Comments Off on Connecting with Your Child Through Play (even when it’s difficult)