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,

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

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

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

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