Welcome! I hope you enjoy listening to the following nine interviews from Season 1 of the Full Potential Parenting show. You’ll find interviews on everything from cranialsacral therapy to EMDR to neurological reorganization to neurofeedback and more.
Interview #1 (May 15, 2013): CranialSacral Therapy with Robyn Rose and Kevin Rose
Robyn is a physical therapist, advanced craniosacral therapy practitioner and educator, and a certified life coach with the Intentional Wellness Center for CranialSacral and Integrative Therapies. Kevin is a licensed massage therapist and former Director of Intensive Programs at The Upledger Institute. Both hold the CranialSacral Diplomate Certification from The Upledger Institute.
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life and wellness. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
By gently working with the soft tissues of the body, it releases restrictions around your brain and spinal cord, allowing your body to self-correct and free itself of pain and dysfunction. Because it strengthens the body on multiple levels, CranioSacral Therapy is known for its ability to relieve a wide range of medical conditions.
Bette Lamont is a certified counselor, teacher, parent, therapist and consultant. She has worked with children and adults with learning and behavioral issues throughout her career. She has served as a Developmental Movement Practitioner since 1986, and is Founder and Executive Director of Developmental Movement Consultants in Seattle, Washington. Recently she has been working with a growing number of adopted children with attachment and early developmental trauma. Bette will be discussing Neurological Reorganization, a movement-based therapy that resolves neurodevelopmentally-based challenges in children and adults, including
- Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD
- Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Bonding and Attachment Disorders, including PTSD, Anxiety Disorders and Reactive Attachment Disorders
- Head injuries and trauma to the brain at birth resulting in Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental delays and learning challenges
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder and related behavior disorders
- Plus more
To inquire about a Neurological Reorganization evaluation for your child, email Bette Lamont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane shared the journey she and her family have been on to help their daughter, adopted from China at 12 months, including their experiences with CranialSacral Therapy, Neurological Reorganization, Occupational Therapy and other modalities. Jane let us know what she wished she had known years ago, which interventions were most helpful, what the most difficult aspects of her family’s healing journey have been, along with other insights.
If you don’t live within driving distance of Omaha, NE, you are invited to email Stefanie to ask if there are any EMDR practitioners in your area who have been trained in the Family Therapy Integrative Model. You may also wish to search for an EMDR practitioner at EMDRIA.org.
Blake is a behavioral therapist and neurofeedback practitioner who specializes in the clinical treatment of children and families. She is an independently licensed and insured clinical social worker who works primarily with children, ages two through nineteen, providing a combination of behavioral therapy and neurofeedback training that has proven to support emotional regulation and symptom reduction. Blake specializes in the treatment of attachment disorder and developmental trauma disorder. In addition she has a number of clients who present with symptoms consistent with anxiety and attention deficit disorder, frequently exhibited through systemic disregulation and low self-esteem.
In this conversation, Blake shared how neurofeedback works to increase the brain’s flexibility by training it to remain in a target frequency range that calms the amygdala and allows traumatized children to relax from a perpetual state of fight, flight, or freeze so they are more open to establishing connections and relationships, more likely to be able to benefit from therapeutic parenting, and more able to allow other cognitive and developmental skills to begin to emerge. For research available on neurofeedback, you are invited to visit isnr.org. To search for a neurofeedback practitioner in your area, provider directories may be found at aboutneurofeedback.com or at eegspectrum.com, which also has additional research available.
If listeners have questions for Blake, she can be reached via her website – advancedbrainplay.com.
Valerie is the adoptive mother of a son who was not diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome until he was 17 and had already been in trouble with the law. As a result of her family’s experience, Valerie helped found the Southern California FASD Information and Support Network. In this interview, Valerie describes the symptoms her son displayed as he was growing up, talks about the difficulties of getting a diagnosis, and dispels the myth that specific facial characteristics are the sole indicator of prenatal alcohol exposure. More information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is available at the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. For another family’s journey to help their daughter reach her full potential, including lots of tips about nutrition, therapies, and more, check out My FAScinating Journey, by Jodee Kulp.
Carolyn Law is a Franciscan Sister in Little Falls, MN, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Brain Integration Practitioner. Brain Integration Technique utilizes principles of applied physiology and acupressure to assess and correct learning and emotional difficulties in children and adults. In addition to resolving learning challenges such as dyslexia, BIT can also help reduce anxiety and panic symptoms and increase regulation and self-esteem. In this interview, Carolyn explains how BIT works to allow the free flow of energy to all parts of the brain, thereby improving processing and coordination, reducing emotional reactivity, and sharpening logic and organizational skills. To find a BIT practitioner, visit crossinology.com. To learn more about working with Carolyn, please visit her website.
Interview #8 (July 10, 2013): Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control with Sally Flintoff
Sally helps parents struggling to understand why their children behave the way they do, and why they react the way they do to their children’s behaviors. As a certified trainer in the Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control approach to parenting, Sally helps parents understand the role that trauma and attachment issues can play in the difficulties so many parents experience with their children. In this interview, Sally discusses how our own unexpressed anger gets triggered by our children’s behavior (driven by their own traumatic pasts), and what we as parents need to do to create the safe and secure environments our children need to heal.
Melissa Nichols, M.A., L.M.F.T, is a lead therapist in the Family Attachment Center‘s intensive outpatient therapy program. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families who have suffered early childhood maltreatment or trauma. Melissa has received extensive training in attachment and treatment for attachment difficulties, post traumatic stress disorders and parenting. She is lead author of Parenting with Stories and originator of the First Steps for Strengthening Adoptive Families program. In this interview, Melissa helps us understand the foundations of attachment and how children with attachment difficulties often perceive themselves as defective, unlovable, and the world as unsafe. She describes the four types of narratives used in this therapy and notes how even short, simple stories can make profound changes in a child’s sense of being loved, being safe, and being able to count on the adults in her life to protect and care for her. For more information about Family Attachment Narrative Therapy and to find books and DVDs to help you learn how to do this at home, go to the Family Attachment Center website. Parents are also invited to contact the Center for information on which therapists in your area have been trained by the Center in this approach to healing.