All parents struggle sometimes but some parenting journeys can be especially difficult. If you are parenting a child who has special needs or who has a trauma history, you may be feeling worn down from the constant challenges. Maybe you are facing medical crises, constant meltdowns, attachment issues, or a difficult diagnosis. It could be that you went through a period of chaos, like a stay in the NICU, and life has calmed down but now you are really struggling to cope.
You probably find that typical parents don’t understand. They can’t get the constant anxiety, the trouble sleeping, the depression or flashbacks. You might even feel judged by the other moms who seem to have it all together or who don’t comprehend what your family is facing. You know that it’s real though and that it is impacting every area of your life.
The truth is that parents of kids who have special needs or who come from hard places often experience trauma and report symptoms of PTSD like nightmares, hypervigilance, physical problems, and more. If this is you, you are not alone and there is hope.
Join me, and other moms just like you, as we meet online weekly for 8 weeks to heal the wounds from this journey.
Sign up now and get 2020 started off right!
Parenting Trauma Group Details:
I know you don’t have time to waste searching for more information so here are all the important details. If you still have questions, we can talk about them at the free consultation or you can email me directly at Le@1000HillsCounseling.com
What will it cost?
$250 – This covers your membership in the group for all 8 weeks and the workbook we will be using.
Who can join?
This group is for moms who are on difficult parenting journeys. Typically, that means women who have children with special needs or trauma histories. Moms by biology, adoption or marriage are all welcome. Please email or schedule a free consultation if you are unsure about your specific situation.
Because of licensing laws, only moms in Texas are able to join at this time.
What do I need to participate in online group therapy?
All members must have access to a strong internet connection and a private area to participate in the group. Typically, if you are able to stream Netflix you will be able to participate in online groups. All sessions are done via video chat. You can log on from your phone or computer but you are responsible for making sure that no one can see or overhear the group conversation. Many people find that joining from a bedroom or a car works well.
What are the groups like?
Each week we will meet online for an hour after the kids are in bed. We’ll do a quick check-in with all of the members then discuss an area of your life where you may be feeling the impact of trauma. Members will have a chance to share their experiences and we’ll introduce the focus for the next week. Over the course of the 8 week group, we will look at six different areas of life where trauma may be impacting you. You will be able to identify the areas where you are struggling while learning new ways to cope and heal.
What if I miss a session?
Please try not to miss because your voice is important to the conversations! Since the groups meet online, you can join from anywhere in the state. You can still work through the section of the workbook that you missed. Refunds for missed meetings are not available.
Do I have to share?
You never have to share more of your story than you want to. Every group will include time for members to share their experiences but it is up to you if you want to speak or how much.
What is the difference between this group and a Facebook support group?
Facebook groups can be a lifeline for moms who are struggling. Finding other parents who are on the same journey helps you not feel so alone and often they give the best advice. A therapy group is different in that our focus is on your experience and emotions. We won’t give advice about IEPs, meltdowns or hospital stays. Instead, you will have a non-judgmental space to work through the struggle.
Who will the group be lead by?
My name is Le Shepard (it’s spelled weird but pronounced like Leigh.) I’m an experienced counselor with advanced training in trauma. I’m also a mom by birth and adoption to kids with super powers and special needs. I use a combination of proven therapies and real world experience to meet you where you are and help you find healing.
How do I join?
The first step in joining this group is a free consultation. We’ll meet online for 20 – 30 minutes to discuss the technical details and make sure we’re a good fit. You can request your consultation today at le@1000HillsCounseling.com or filling out this form.
The next group starts on January 21, 2020 so secure your spot today!