It's all about you and your

Crew!

It's all about...

Family Leadership Informed by the Latest
Emotional-Brain Science"

My approach…

Raising a human is the hardest, most important job in the world; but where’s the how-do guide? Poke around online, read some books, ask your peers, and you’ll have so much conflicting information that your confidence can begin to crumble. Try to get in alignment with your co-parent(s) and add to the frustration as perspectives on parenting collide within your own home. All of this is just too much when what you need is a solid blueprint for developmental success.

My approach fosters long term holistic health with an emphasis on developmental brain science and attachment focused therapy. By understanding a few key concepts (based on how to nurture your Crew’s needs without losing your mental, physical, and spiritual health) you can have happiness and in-home harmony. Let’s work together to foster you kid’s maturational growth and instill core values of kindness, confidence, and resiliency. 

If you’re working to reconnect with estranged family or friends, or establish clear relational boundaries to protect your emotional health, I can help with that too. Family is complicated; but there is a way through. I can help you find a way. 

Pediatric Bodywork

Bodywork is an umbrella term used to describe hands-on (or manual) therapies. Many parents wonder how bodywork can help their child; what a great question! As we know the mind, brain, and body are all interconnected.

Long before a child can verbalize their experiences or create conscious memories, their bodies are taking the brunt of their experiences and taking these “felt” experiences to adapt and grow. From gestation to birth, through the major motor achievements of crawling and walking, your child’s body is center stage.

Add to this the sensory and emotional experiences that are imprinted into the body’s posture, the mind’s perceptions, and the ways the brain and nervous system respond to stress, and you can begin to see how working with the body can maximize holistic health.

Another cool way to conceptualize this is that the brain and the skin are formed from the same embryological tissues; working with the body’s surface, changes the depths.

I offer in-office, in-home, and *virtual sessions (*see infant massage classes). 

Currently my practice is heavily influenced by the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI ©) method. This work is known as “the missing link” in therapies supporting physical, cognitive, and social emotional development for typical and neurodiverse kids. I integrate other modalities into my sessions including soft tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, Thai Yoga,  and developmental movement exercises.

While my specialty is working with pre-crawling babies, I also work with older children. Please reach out so I can answer your questions and share some treatment ideas for your child’s unique situation.

This might be a good fit if your child :

  • Had a difficult birth or birth injury
  • Was a premie
  • Is uncomfortable in their body (tightness, wriggling, and grunting, unable to soothe)
  • Has/had trouble with feeding, constipation, reflux, or other tummy troubles
  • Experiences anxiety, depression, or emotional overwhelm
  • Has had surgery, significant injury, or otherwise complicated medical history
  • Seems to have difficulty processing the world
Big Kids, Young Adults, and Family Coaching

Just when you think the work is done you find yourself at the beginning of a whole new phase of development as your kid moves towards autonomy.

The tween, teen, and early 20’s present unique relationship challenges as the big kid in your life practices spreading their wings in preparation for leaving the nest.

My academic career actually started with the study of adolescent development; a subject near and dear to my heart as I remember the growing pains of the teenage years.

My coaching services targeted at parent-big kid relationships will highlight neurological changes in the adolescent brain and strategies for helping keep your kid safe and connected (to you).

Don’t wait for a crisis; coaching your big kid crew should be preventive and serve as a continuation of your earlier bonding efforts. 

If you are the big (adult) kid needing supporting for a strained relationship please reach out. I can help you individually assess your needs and develop a plan of action or work collectively with you and your Crew member to move forward.

This might be a good fit for you if you are:

  • Concerned about the choices your kid is making
  • Missing a connection with your child
  • Experiencing a family shift (divorce, new relationship, moving, job loss, school changes, etc)
  • Interested in fostering your child’s independence and self-confidence
  • Looking for ways to make a lasting positive impact on your child’s final stage of pediatric development
Circle of Security

The Circle of Security is an internationally renowned, evidence-based parenting program best for when kids are between 2-10.

The intention is to prevent and heal disruptions to healthy, happy, parent-child relationships, and foster secure attachment.

Secure attachment in children is associated with confidence, independence, empathy, critical thinking, prosocial behavior and so much more!

You’ll learn a simple model to understand your child’s needs for connection and independent play, reflect on your own childhood experiences, and discover ways to nurture yourself so you are available to support your child’s emotional development.

It’s everything any parent wished for their child, condensed into an 8 week (or less) format.

Available virtual or in person, private or group settings. 

This might be a good fit for you if you are:

  • Fostering or adopting kids
  • Working to change your child’s undesirable behaviors, meltdowns, and insecurities
  • Annoyed, overwhelmed, or otherwise nearing the end of your parenting patience
  • Adjusting to your child’s new diagnosis including ADD, reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, or learning difference
  • Interested in nurturing emotional intelligence within your family
  • Determined to overcome your own childhood challenges through better parenting
  • Part of the movement away from behavioral consequences and into long term relationship health

What to Expect with Family Coaching

  • I might interrupt and redirect to steer the conversation in a more helpful direction
  • I will not allow fighting in session and will work hard to make sure each session ends with feelings of deeper understading and connection (even if it means we go over time)
  • It may take some time to observe the family dynamics. I will share observations of what’s coming up in the present moment as well as offer education no “what’s happening” and why from an attachment-science perspective Change happens based on what happens in and outside of the session
  • I might ask you to check into your body and describe physical sensations, use your breath to regulate stress, have you move around in space, or other somatic techniques to integrate your mind-body experiences
  • Working with kids always requires working with parents and (sometimes) siblings and other family members

Policies of Mutual Respect

  • Let’s have a chat before you shop or schedule so we know if we are a good for for each other.
  • I don’t take insurance; I do take HSA and FSA; cash, check and cards; Venmo (name is @jess-ahlum); I can also send you a Paypal invoice or receipt. Check out all services and pricing in the Shop tab.
  • Our work together will be held in confidence; however, if subpoenaed by the courts, I am lawfully obligated to comply with all requests. (Unlike a lawyer or doctor with client privilege).
  • Please come committed to your session. I’m happy to be flexible with rescheduling; however, I do charge a $25 no show fee (it’s only fair). 

*   Disclaimer

A coaching relationship is not mental health, substance abuse, or medical treatment. I am not a licensed mental health provider. I work as a coach and educator with a license to provided hands on (manual therapy) and the highest level of national certification for health and wellness coaching.  In the event that you feel the need for a licensed professional counselor, it is your responsibility to seek this out. There may also be a time when I need to refer you to work in conjunction with another provider, if our work together takes me outside my scope of practice.