"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."

- Peggy O’Mara

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The H+B approach:

The Hatch + Bloom parenting approach integrates the latest science in brain development, child development, emotional intelligence, & the attachment relationship to set a child up for success through both connection and skill-building from the very beginning.

 

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I’m a Mama first and foremost! The philosophies that I preach  are the very same ones I practice in my own home (well, most of the time, since I am human too). 

“Children are fascinating. There's something about the way they are innately good, how they are born with open hearts, and their tremendous sense of authenticity that makes me wonder… How can we preserve these amazing traits!?”

About Me:
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Mom to a strong-willed, amazing human and a furry and loyal 4-legged guy. 

 

Child and Adolescent Therapist providing individual and parent-child therapy in my own practice since 2012. 

 

Parenting + Child Development Expert

 

Obsessed with brain and relationship science

 

Founded Hatch + Bloom as a resource for parents who want to parent with the purpose of raising confident, accepted, and resilient children.

My Training
  • B.A. in psychology from George Washington University

  • MS.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from University of Miami

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH11553)

  • Trained and certified in Infant Mental Health (Ages 0-5)

  • Trained as a Bringing Home Baby Educator by The Gottman Institutes

  • Trained in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (Gary Landreth)

  • Trained in trauma-focused treatments

  • Experienced in Play Therapy 

  • Active member of infant mental health organizations such as Zero to Three and Florida Institute of Infant Mental Health

As a Mama

MOST PEOPLE ASSUME THAT I NEVER MAKE MISTAKES

WELL, here’s a story about the day I passionately cursed-out a truck attempting to cut me off from the next lane. It was only toward the end of my incessant honking and vulgarity-filled rant , that I remembered my precious and very observant 3-year-old was sitting very quietly and attentively in her car seat. Upon this realization,I yelled  “Oh, F*ck!” to just add a cherry on top...

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I also let her eat way too much sugar even though our dentist warned she has pre-cavities. She is quite picky with her food choices, has never had a green smoothie, and still sucks her thumb at age 6. She is strong-willed and very persistent, which can feel like a blessing and a curse at the same time. I have definitely lost my cool over her protests against wearing dresses,  having to go to school, and attending tennis classes.

 

I practice what I preach. AND YES - I still mess up. I can say with confidence that I have a strong, healthy, and resilient relationship with my daughter that can withstand the mess-ups and still thrive. My daughter is learning to be a compassionate problem solver in this unpredictable world through observing my human side.

In short, I don’t expect (or even WANT) perfection.

Perfection is not what our kids need. They need solid connections. They need resilience. They need real life skills in order to thrive, and so do you (WINS all around!)

Some fun facts about my life and work:
  • I have the most close-knit family. Our 20-person Shabbat dinners have been a weekly tradition since I was just a little blob.

  • If I had 2 months off, I would travel the world hunting for quaint coffee shops & freshly-baked oatmeal raisin cookies. 

  • Morning exercise is my favorite form of self-care. 

  • Before working with parents, I worked solely with kids. Experiencing the world through their eyes was refreshing & magical. I learned from them, and I became humbled by them. I began to understand their language.

  • I believe every child is born innocent & good— with a desire for connection. And that parents are incredibly important in their growth from day one (technically prepartum!). This is why I started Hatch + Bloom.