Please enjoy listening to the following nine interviews from Season 3 of the Full Potential Parenting Show!
Interview #19 (Oct. 2, 2013): Escaping from the Drama Triangle to Find True Healing with Helene Timpone
Helene Timpone, LCSW, is an internationally recognized therapist, trainer, coach, and consultant, especially noted for her work with preteens and teens. Specializing in the areas of attachment, grief, and trauma, Helene’s expertise is in empowering parents with information and techniques focused on understanding and identifying the trauma that lies beneath the child’s severe behaviors, thus creating long-term healing and enhancing close, healthy relationships. Helene’s success, passion, and deep understanding of the issues facing tweens and teens, especially where severe behaviors are present, has led to the creation of her new organization, Her Voice, Her Generation, LLC. The organization is designed to reach the homes of tweens and teens globally by providing workshops, tele-seminars, webinars, coaching, nonconventional therapy, and consulting to families and/or professionals working toward healing adolescents with a history of trauma. Helene obtained her Master’s Degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in Long Island, NY. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and is a member of the NASW.
In this interview, Helene shares with us the power of the Drama Triangle and how we can so easily get stuck in the roles of Hero, Victim, and Perpetrator when parenting our children. She also explains the paradox that in order to allow our children the space to heal, we first need to be absolutely OK with where they are, which includes coming to grips with the reality that we cannot control our children, and releasing our emotional attachment to any particular outcome. For other incredible insights, listen to the entire interview. Find out more about Helene’s services here.
Interview #20 (Oct. 21, 2013): PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep) with Ruth, a Parent
In this interview, Ruth shares the story of her son’s struggle with PANDAS – an almost overnight change in behaviors, the suspicions of therapists and others who wondered if perhaps her son were being abused or traumatized at home, the therapies that either were not helpful or made things worse, the relief of finally getting diagnosed with PANDAS, and the ongoing efforts to help her son heal. Two and a half years later, her son is still undergoing treatment to heal his immune system and rid his body of complex infectious agents, but has made great progress toward restoring his health. During this time, Ruth has amassed a wealth of information about PANDAS, which she generously shares with us, including an explanation of the underlying complexity of the disorder, testing suggestions, and online support resources, including:
- PANDAS Resource Network
- PANDAS Network
- PANDAS Facebook group (closed, so you’ll need permission to join).
Interview #21 (Oct. 28, 2013): Understanding and Interpreting your Child’s Behavior with Bonnie Harris of Connective Parenting
Your child refuses to turn off the TV or computer. Or hits you when you try to help her get dressed for school. Or swears at you and runs out of the house when you ask him to start his homework. Or….
What’s going on with these behaviors? How do you react? What is your interpretation of your child’s actions and words?
Do you believe that your child is lazy and doesn’t care what you want?
Do you believe your child hates you?
Are you worried your child will never learn anything and flunk out of school and become a juvenile delinquent, and…
In Bonnie’s twenty-five years of experience working with parents all over the world, she has learned that the key to understanding children lies in the perception that your child’s resistance or defiance means your child is having a problem, not being a problem. Your child’s behavior is your clue to turn your anger into compassion and your child’s resistance to cooperation. Bonnie is the author of When Your Kids Push Your Buttons: And What You Can Do About It, and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids. Join us as we explore why punishment never works, discuss the concept that all kids want to be successful, and start to learn how to reinterpret behavior so we can build connections with our children. To contact Bonnie, look into phone or Skype coaching, order her books, or to find out about her online “When Your Kids Push Your Buttons” teleseminar, go to bonnieharris.com.
Nancy Marie is the creator of the I Create What I Believe! Self-Awareness Art Program – which is based on the research of Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief. In this interview, Nancy describes the science behind the program (how subconscious programming directs much of how we behave by triggering biological responses in our bodies), provides examples of how the art program works in real life to interrupt disruptive programs being played back when our children get out of balance, and walks us through a shorthand version of one of the basic exercises that can easily and quickly unravel stress and restore balance. To learn more, and to purchase DVDs and home instruction kits of the program, visit the website.
Interview #23 (Nov. 11, 2013): Home-Based Neurofeedback with Marvin Berman
Marvin H. Berman, PhD, CBT, is the Founder, Executive Director, and Study Coordinator for Quietmind Foundation. Quietmind Foundation has launched a home-based neurofeedback program for parents who wish or need to give their children neurofeedback sessions from home. Neurofeedback is a safe and effective method of calming the central nervous system and retraining the brain, and has helped many children with a variety of diagnoses become more calm and focused and less angry and impulsive. Dr. Berman explained how neurofeedback works to increase the efficiency of the Central Nervous System, and gave us details about this home-based program, including the training and support offered to parents, how parents obtain the necessary equipment, and how progress is measured. You’ll also hear a testimonial from a parent whose son has undergone a remarkable transformation after just a few months of home-based neurofeedback. If working with a neurofeedback practitioner on a regular basis is out of reach for you due to cost, distance, time, or unavailability, this could be a great option for you to explore. Dr. Berman earned his Master’s and PhD in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University, where he studied group and organizational behavior. He obtained certification in Bioenergetic Analysis at the Philadelphia Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis in 1983. He has trained in neuropsychology, Systems-Centered Therapy, and the Feldenkrais Method. He is qualified in EEG and peripheral biofeedback. If you’d like to speak to Dr. Berman about the home-based program, please call him on 610-940-0488.
Interview #24 (Nov. 18, 2013): Successfully Implementing the GAPS Diet with Anna Penick
Anna Penick provides nutritional therapy to clients at Selah Wellness. Anna received her certification as a Board Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) from the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. (NTA) in 2010 and is also a Certified GAPS Practitioner. She has worked with numerous children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, ADHD, SPD, OCD, Asthma, autoimmune disorders and more and has seen some remarkable recoveries. In this interview, Anna deepened our understanding of GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), as developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, including what the GAPS approach to food involves, and common missteps people make when trying to implement it for their children. Among the great tips shared by Anna in this interview are where to get local help finding organic meats (check out your local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation). U.S. Wellness Meats, and Vital Choice are good options for ordering organic meat and seafood, respectively, online. Anna also suggested that families order the Cooking with GAPS DVD to help them learn how to make many of the basic GAPS recipes – available at the main GAPS website. Anna also suggested that, because every body has different needs, it can be very helpful to work with a practitioner. You can find Certified GAPS Practitioners at the GAPS website as well. For those who can’t afford a practitioner, or who would just like to get support from other families who have been through and are going through the GAPS program, there is a forum on the GAPS website and there are also Facebook and Yahoo groups available.
Interview #25 (Dec. 4, 2013): Using Essential Oils with Jennifer Gardner
Jennifer Gardner is an expert-level Myofascial Release/ CranioSacral Therapist, an instructor, and a public speaker. She speaks and teaches classes on the various uses of essential oils, and currently, her most popular class is Essential Oils for Kids with Special Needs. She enjoys empowering people to take control of their health. In her practice, she incorporates bodywork, essential oils, nutrition, and stress management to help her clients experience authentic healing. In this interview, Jennifer helped us understand what essential oils are, how they work in the body, why oil purity is so important, and how you can start to experiment with essential oils at home to calm anxiety and depression, help your child fall asleep, aid digestion, and more. Two resources Jennifer suggested for those interested in learning more about essential oils: aromatic science and the book Modern Essentials (5th ed). To work with Jennifer in person or via phone or Skype, ask her questions, or to purchase essential oils through her, go to her website.
Interview #26 (Dec. 9, 2013): Targeted Amino Acid Therapy with Pam Machamehl Helmly
Pam is the CEO of Neurogistics, a company that provides neurotransmitter testing and targeted amino acid supplementation to help the brain achieve a state of balance, thereby improving mood and behaviors for its clients. In this interview, Pam helped us understand what neurotransmitters are, how they work, and why having the correct ratio of these brain chemicals in so important. We also spoke a lot about the importance of gut health, as up to 95 percent of serotonin – the main calming neurotransmitter – is produced in the gut. Pam is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Scientific Nutrition. She oversees all aspects of patient care, laboratory findings, formula determinations and technology for Neurogistics, and focuses on treating the “whole patient” rather than just symptoms or one single biomedical test. Her passion and the majority of her research are related to neurological disorders. Having completed well over 62,000 neurological urinalysis profiles, Pam is a leader in the field of changing the brain to improve mood, focus, and behavior. To find out more about working with Pam, or about Targeted Amino Acid Therapy (TAAT), go to Neurogistics.
Interview #27: Dec. 16, 2013: Deborah Barkoff on Unschooling
Deborah is a single mom through divorce raising four children (3 biological and 1 adopted) on her own. At the age of 14, her adopted son became so anxious that he not only refused to go to school, but could not even leave their home. In this interview, Deborah shares her unschooling story, including how she–a special education teacher–came to terms with the fact that she couldn’t get her son to attend school any longer, the variations on homeschooling that they tried (that didn’t work), and what finally was successful for her son.