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Parenting can be a challenge. Where is the user manual...right!! :) Well, our babies may not come home with a " how to" book, but research has proven there are effective ways to communicate, and support happier, healthier children. Such methods can help to promote attachment and connection between parent and child. If your goal is to support your children to thrive and find their best self, then we share that in common! 

When you work with Tamara to navigate your family separation, you benefit from extensive parent education training. This training and experience can:

  • inform the best interests of your children from a family law perspective

  • age appropriate parenting time based on developmental stages

  • ways to care for your children well as you negotiate your parenting plan

Tamara has experience and training in many parent education modalities, and can combine and adapt to match the individual needs of your family. Please see some examples of my training and experience below. 

S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training in Effective Parenting) 

The group explores strategies for dealing with the challenges of being a parent.The STEP program covers topics such as: Encouragement, Parenting Styles,Family Constellation, Goals of Behaviour, Problem Solving, Communication, Promoting Capability and Positive Discipline.

Look at parenting through a new lens!

Mental Wellness Parenting

This FREE eight week group is designed with the specific needs of
parents experiencing major depression, bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, and features mental wellness material, parenting information and support delivered with an emphasis on parents’ mental wellness.


Fraser Health, Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Services provide this program in partnership with the Family Education and Support Centre.

FRIENDS for Life

The online FRIENDS program ( not currently being offered) was developed for parents by parents in partnership with the FamilySmart and the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. The goal was to educate parents about anxiety and self-regulation, equipping them with parent-friendly tools and information to practice FRIENDS together at home. 

Emotion Coaching

Dr Gottman identified a parenting  style that works called the
" emotional coach". The five essential steps to Emotion Coaching

  • Be aware of your child’s emotion

  • Recognize your child’s expression of emotion as a perfect moment for intimacy and teaching

  • Listen with empathy and validate your child’s feelings

  • Help your child learn to label their emotions with words

  • Set limits when you are helping your child to solve problems or deal with upsetting situations appropriately

Effects of Emotion Coaching: Your child’s mastery of understanding and regulating their emotions will help them to succeed in life in a myriad of different ways – they will be more self-confident, perform better in social and academic situations, and even become physically healthier.

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Tamara is a Certified Adlerian Parent Facilitator and welcomes the inclusion to the community of The Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia (APABC).

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