Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only work with troubled teens?

Definitely not! I have a broad range of experience assisting children, adolescents and young adults who have had a wide spectrum of needs. I have worked with children as young as 5 and adults as old as 45. Some have had significant learning or behavioral needs as well as psychiatric diagnosis. Others did not exhibit any behavioral problems but were in need of strong LD and /or ADD support. Several students needed guidance in selecting a traditional boarding school. Many young adults required support in transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.

Won’t my child just outgrow their struggles?

Studies show that students dealing with learning disabilities often fall behind and find it difficult to catch up and be successful. At risk behavior never magically stops on its own. Adolescent substance abuse is not “outgrown”. It is just masking something the teenager is not able to deal with when sober. When self esteem suffers, it often leads to more serious behavior problems. Trust your intuition – you know your child better than anyone. If you feel that your child needs help, do something about it – now!.

Will my adopted child feel abandoned if I give her/him the “opportunity” to reside out of our home for a short time in order to get the help they need?

Having 4 adopted children, this is an issue close to my heart. I specialize in adoptive families and have found programs I am confident can work with adoption related issues. My goal is to keep a family intact or to reunite them as quickly as possible in order to ultimately strengthen their bonds.

Can you help out of state families?

Yes. Although based in Boulder, Colorado, I frequently work with families across the nation. An initial meeting can be arranged either in your hometown or via telephone. The remainder of the process is generally conducted by phone, FAX and email.

Miscellaneous FYI

My unwavering belief is that all children, struggling or not, need positive help and caring encouragement. I neither work with nor recommend boot camps, punitive programs or rigorously demanding programs that play head games with students.