Resource List

Parenting Books

    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.

Children's Books

    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."  

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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.