Welcome to my website! I'm glad that you found me, because I enjoy helping parents whose struggling children need to be in settings where they can begin to thrive. I can support you as we navigate the waters between where your child is now, and the goals you have for your son's or daughter's health, behavior and well-being.
I must add a caution for the independent souls who research the web and make choices for the child based on what they find there, or on the experience of a friend of a friend. You are about to make an extensive investment of time, money, emotion and your child's life. My fee is a very small percentage of that investment, and for that you get my forty-five years of experience with a huge number of programs and clients. Though no one can guarantee results, I can guarantee that you will have a choice of the BEST programs that fit your child's needs. And I am proud to say that EVERY parent who has followed my advice is pleased to have worked with me.
In my practice I am committed to knowing which programs are legitimate [you've read the Boot Camp horror stories], which aren't, and which are appropriate for each child's needs. I base my recommendations on what I know through placements and site visits, backed up by the considerable expertise of a national network of colleagues I keep in touch with through a Talklist. From them, I can get an instant response to the current state of any program.
If you came to me through a recommendation from a therapist I have worked with, or from a family whose child has grown through experiencing the excellent therapy, loving and accountable community and good schooling I led them to, then you are already feeling relieved about reading this.
No matter what issues your child [ages 6 to 18] or young adult [18+] is dealing with, I can help you as I have helped countless families to find solutions to common problems that are preventing their children from moving ahead:
Look through the rest of my website, and then give me a call, and/or fill out the Student Profile [no obligation] under Ready for the Next Step?
I know that phone call is a hard one to make. Many parents feel that in considering a boarding setting they are giving up, having to admit that they are helpless, or, worse [and not true] that they are completely responsible for their child's behavior, even that they have caused it. Shame, guilt, humiliation are common, but they needn't be. I will tell you that you are not alone, that your courage has brought you here, and that you're willing to consider working toward a solution.
You will find that your story is probably similar to ours, as parents with a child who called from jail one evening and... [see the section For the Family Whose Child is Troubled for the rest of the story]
Working with me gives you the assurance of very personal attention, constant availability, and my experience of 45 years of working with parents, children, schools and therapeutic programs, along with a guarantee that my recommendations are of the highest quality professional programs [NO boot camps] and matched to your child's needs.
I look forward to hearing from you.