Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
n my professional work with children and family, I have found that children and parents love to have a space to be heard and express what is truly going on for them. My goal is to create this space. I believe that children are able to express what is happening for them; it is often in a language that adults can learn to hear and understand. I work using a collaborative and relational model including the child(ren), parents, teachers, etc.
When working with children, I often use play therapy and sandtray. Additionally, when supporting parents, I often use Positive Discipline philosophies. I also can assist parents in being their child’s advocate with and at schools, in meetings and more. From a school administrative perspective, I can provide observations at schools (pre-schools) and provide consultation with school personal on a large variety of issues and concerns.
I studied business and psychology in undergrad at Louisiana State University and went on to receive my Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edwards University in Austin to become a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor(LPC-S) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Supervisor (LMFT-S). I have worked exclusively with children and families for over eight years. My experience includes working in school environments, in-homes, and in agencies counseling individuals, groups, parents, and families. I am a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.
You can see how Kirby encourages clients to play with their kids by watching her video blog about Reflective Listening and Play. You can read more blog articles by Kirby here: Teaching Kids Empathy