The Connected Childby: Karyn Purvis, David Cross & Wendy Lyons Sunshine. - Attachment focused
parenting techniques for parents of adopted/fostered or troubled children.
Attachment Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to
Care for Childrenby Daniel Hughes. - Practical parenting
skills and techniques rooted in therapeutic principles.
The Whole Brain Child by:Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne. -
Provides strategies for parents to help foster healthy
emotional and intellectual development.
A Terrible Thing Happened by: Margaret Holmes & Sasha Mudlaff. - Fully illustrated story for children who have suffered trauma.
The Invisible Stringby: Patricia Karst. - Fully illustrated
story for children struggling with separation.
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Lossby: Pat
Schweibert & Chuck DeKlyen. - Fully illustrated for children and parents dealing with loss and bereavement.
A Story for Hippo: A Book About Loss by: Simon Puttock & Alison Bartlett. - Fully illustrated story about loss for young children.
Two Homes by: Claire Masurel. - Positive uplifting story for children experiencing transition due to separation and
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Familiesby:
Sandra Levins & Bryan Langdo. - Fully illustrated story for
families going through the various stages of divorce.
Books for Youth
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage
Brain by: Daniel Siegel. - Written for teens but an
excellent book for parents as well.
Understanding the Adolescent Brain
Helping teens understand the changes in their brains and the reasons behind some of their actions can be hugely beneficial. Dan Siegel explains in this video the meaning behind the term "flip your lid."
Waking Life Counseling, LLC
Why Play Therapy?
Play therapy is widely known as a natural medium of communication for children to fully express themselves. Children often have difficulty expressing and understanding their emotions; however, by "playing out" their emotions they are able to tell their story freely. As a therapist using a play therapy approach, I place emphasis on the relationship between myself and the child (and family). My goal is to establish a trusting and authentic relationship with my clients so that they can feel secure in working towards personal growth, healing and empowerment.