My story begins many decades ago, in the 1970’s, when I was foster parent to a child with special needs and behavior problems. I got up every day and tried to be so quiet, fearing that he would wake up and ruin the morning. I tried to get help from specialists who at the time advised me to just pull his hair really hard- because that would not leave bruises. I knew there must be a better way. Thus began my career and my life’s work: to help parents who are raising challenging children. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education (University of Alberta, Canada), and went on to get a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences (Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington).
Since that time I have been a Licensed Psychologist in the Province of Alberta (1982-2006), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington (1994-present). I have over 30 years experience helping parents, teachers and therapists to cope effectively with children’s challenging behavior in home, school, clinic and hospital settings. I have provided teacher and parent training in both Canada and the United States regarding behavior problems and learning disabilities including ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I have written and developed training materials, videos, books and manuals for schools, hospitals and other agencies.
In all those years I have witnessed many evolutions in the way children with behavior problems are treated. When I came across the work of Dr. Ross Greene around 2005, I knew that I had finally found an effective approach that best fit with my values. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model (CPS) is research-based and proven to durably solve the underlying problems that lead to unwanted behaviors in a humane, compassionate, and relationship-building way.
In 2011, I completed Provider Certification Training in the use of Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model.
In the meantime, on a personal note, my husband Terry Sterrenberg (Certified Gottman Couples Therapist) and I have created what we call a “portable” lifestyle. We closed our counseling office in Kirkland, Washington so that we can spend some time in Oregon near his family, and some time in New York to be closer to our two grown sons who live in Brooklyn.
We have both started seeing clients online via Skype or Doxy.me or in some cases via telephone consultation. In my online practice, I provide consultation to parents and teachers regarding the application of Dr. Greene’s model to a particular child or student. You can get started here.
Dr. Ross Greene’s model (CPS), as described in his books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, has been used successfully in families, schools, hospitals and juvenile correction settings to help children and teens who have difficulty with transitions, or who are anxious, inflexible, aggressive or explosive.
We also produced a video series called Transforming Discipline, which is about the use of the CPS model in elementary schools.
For more information about Dr. Greene’s approach click here.