About me I have lived in the Parker area for four years. I moved from Kansas City, Kansas, and I’ve been in the field of helping build, strengthen and restore families for over 40 years. When I …
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I have lived in the Parker area for four years. I moved from Kansas City, Kansas, and I’ve been in the field of helping build, strengthen and restore families for over 40 years. When I moved to Parker and I did my private practice, I specialized in working with families of high-conflict divorce and reintegration therapies, so a lot of families involved with the court system as a result of their divorce get referred to me, and out of that I found a need — I found a genuine need in this Parker community to have a family visitation center.
I’ve been in private practice now for a little over three years in Parker, and the visitation center just opened in October of this year. The visitation center is designed for parents who are court-ordered for supervised visitation, so it took my expertise as a family therapist and as a play therapist to create a connection and a playful, supportive environment for families to get their supervised visitation.
I just published a book called “The Treasure of Toys: Tips and Tools for Connecting with Children.”
My passion comes from …
I’ve known since I was in second grade: ‘I’m going to make happy families when I grow up!’ I’ve known my whole life I’m going to be a family counselor and I’m going to work within systems. I’m not a child of divorce. I have been married for 25 years, then I divorced my husband for 10 years and remarried him. Now, I’ve been married for three years. That’s what brought us to Colorado. Our children live here, our grandchildren live here. My husband and I felt like: ‘We’re going to do family.’
We’re building and strengthening our own family as I’m helping other families to be strong and to restore. I think: ‘For God’s grace, there go I.’ Have I ever made any parenting mistakes? I have. I think all parents make mistakes. Sometimes we make bad enough mistakes where we need to get help, so I feel like if I can build relationships and join in a family system, I can help families make changes they need to make in order to help kids.
My New Year’s resolution
I’ve got this program called “Cultivate.” It’s about goal setting. One of my personal goals is to simplify my life, and simplify my life with clutter, objects. I just want to not be overwhelmed with clutter. Clutter meaning my finances — I want to continue to live a debt-free lifestyle. It’s those kinds of things. Make more time for relationships and less time for stuff.
My favorite thing about Parker is …
I love everything about Parker. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to start the family center. I want to give back to the community. I want to give to the community, because I feel like the city of Parker gives a lot to others.
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