Do you ever feel like you were raised by wolves?

Yeah, I know how that is.

Raising kids is the most triggering work 
that we will ever do.

Nothing will bring out the bumps and bruises of our own childhoods; nothing will so expose us to our own hopes, fears and frustrations; and nothing will force us to confront our demons like becoming a parent. We need (and deserve) help from healing partners — friends, loved ones, healthy family members and community helpers — who will support us towards growth, understanding and joy.

I understand this — deeply — and I am here for you.

I love working with parents who are struggling, especially a mom who is working working really really really hard to do things differently than her own mother. Parenting is just that much harder when we don’t have good role models to start with. I offer nonjudgmental support, real world education (based on your unique self and your unique kids), and actual useful guidance when it comes to raising your family.

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I am licensed by the CSWMFT board in the state of Ohio to offer clinical mental health counseling to state residents. My office is in the Columbus area but I am happy to provide telehealth services to right-fit clients. I work with little kids, big kids, teens and adults.

My membership site is a safe space to get in touch with your inner wisdom (I know you’ve got tons), where you can grow your personal AND parenting confidence, and where you can become a happy, healthy and effective parent you are meant to be.

Each month I interview experts with diverse experiences, trainings, philosophies, and backgrounds so you can find the right path for you and your family. I also host the featured guest in the membership so you can ask them questions directly.

Need Tools To Calm When Your Kids Are Going Off?

If you’re a parent and find yourself overwhelmed with difficult feelings like anxiety, sadness, or anger then grounding will give you the tools you need to help you gain control even when you’re triggered.

Sign up for my Get Yourself Grounded email course and get a daily email over the next 7-days with quick and easy tools to help you handle big feelings. With the tools you’ll learn over the next week you will feel more prepared for whatever life tosses your way.

  • When your kids act up in the grocery store
  • When you need to have a heavy talk with a friend
  • When your mom criticizes your parenting
  • When your phone rings and you see it’s the school calling (again)

My name is Dawn.

I’ve been working with families for the past thirty years. I’ve been a preschool teacher, a childcare site director, a parenting educator, a college course instructor, a family case manager, an editor at a national parenting magazine, and a counselor in private practice working with parents and kids. 

My masters is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have post-grad certification in Infant-Toddler Mental Health and completed the certification training for postpartum mood disorders through Postpartum Support International. My work has been featured in publications that include Yoga Journal, Parenting, Utne, Ode and Disney’s

I have two kids — one grown, one nearly — and my work has been informed and inspired by my own challenges, grief,  growth and joy as a parent and a daughter committed to doing things differently.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, please fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch with you as soon as I can.

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