Before Ms. B, there was SO MUCH nagging, crying, and glaring between my daughter and myself. Now, there’s mutual respect, assertive communication, and ownership on both sides. We are down to a normal-level of pre-teen glaring (LOL)
Brianna is a genuine person that both my daughter and I found great benefit in working with. Raising teenage girls in today's society has a multitude of challenges, and it seemed like everything hit us around the same time - issues at home, issues with extended family, hormonal changes, & negative peer influences. As a mother, I felt like I was losing my daughter.
Our pediatrician referred us to Brianna, who was extremely proficient in looking at the issues from all angles and in explaining things in ways that felt age-appropriate. My daughter appreciated her dedication to confidentiality, which she identified as a priority during our initial session; unless - of course - she feared for someone's safety. Nevertheless, she was attuned to my concerns as a mom - when she saw worry/question marks in my eyes she would always comfort me with her opinion but without disclosing the details of respective conversations - something you may just have to experience to understand. She would provide tools and educate me as to the ways by which I might have more success in conversations with my daughter.
We appreciated the ways in which she flexes her schedule to meet the needs of families as they arise - she also seems to schedule sessions based on the needs of the patient; not to just take your money. In the thick of things, we would see her every few days. When things were calmer, we would stagger appointments at her recommendation. Currently, we are not seeing Brianna, however, every few weeks I ask my daughter if she would like to check in with her; as the door is always open for our return.
Life is full of speed bumps - for us, Brianna has been a real blessing!
I learned early that I could not be everyone or everything to my daughter, and I’m grateful to call Ms. B part of my village. She enriches my daughter’s life in a way only the BEST coaches and mentors can. My daughter is growing into a more confident, self-possessed young lady and I am certainly a better parent because of Ms. B.
My husband and I said “Let’s have a baby!” We did not say, “Let’s be teachers, behavioral psychologists, tutors, counselors, etc.!” Ms. B helps mind the gap where are expertise ends. We still have to put in the work ourselves, but we couldn't do this gig without her.
Brianna has been in our lives for the past few years - providing us with the tools needed to be successful parents to a rising teen with AD/HD and dyslexia. Her patience, compassion, genuine concern, and advocacy were many of the traits we looked for in a counselor/coach. She brought her 'A' game to every session and challenged our teen to become the best independent, individual he could become. She provided our teen with all the tools to be successful and then allowed him to make the choices a young adult must make in order to figure things out for himself. We have been blessed by the time Brianna has been guiding/coaching all of us - connecting us to valuable resources and creating them when they seemed not to exist.
Now, as parents of an 18 year-old soon to be high school senior, we are allowing him to make his choices and face the consequences - both good and bad - of those choices. As hard as it is to sit back and let him rise and/or fall, it will be the only way he learns true independence, to become a productive member of society. Without our time with Brianna, the current path would have been harder (if not impossible) to find and forge. We are grateful for her, what she has done, and what she continues to do. A true blessing for parents but most importantly - the children she helps guide through their individual lives.
When I think about how much money we parents spend on our kids to learn piano, soccer, math, you name it…I am amazed that we hesitate to spend the same amount of money on learning life skills that can be challenging for the ADHD brain like communication, organization, and self care. What’s the point of saving for college if we have to be there to get them up for class and remind them to study for their tests? What if they don't even try because they don't believe in themselves? What Ms. B brings to the table to address these challenges is worth every penny.