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Thank you very much for contacting me.

If you want information about my services, please send me a message in the box below.  I will contact you with detailed information.  I can also offer a 30 minute free call so you can decide if I can be of assistance.

If you have a story to tell, I’m looking for articles by parents.  Your identity and your child’s will be kept anonymous or replaced with a nickname.  Please briefly describe your idea in your message.  I am happy to work with you if necessary, and able to link your article to your own site or page.  It’s amazing how one parent’s story can affect and help so many others, even if it’s not exactly the same.  Your story can be a gift to them.

For other inquiries:

  • I am always looking for articles or resources for parents and caregivers of children, teenagers, or young adults with behavioral disorders. These may include mental illness, addictions, or other conditions affecting a child’s and life.  I will credit the author, include a brief bio, and provide links to resources that might benefit readers.
  • For myself, I am available for speaking engagements and seminars, and for writing articles or opinion pieces on children’s mental health.
  • I seek connections with mental health providers, parents who do peer counseling, and opportunities to exchange information or advice on how we can do a better job for parents.

 

5 Replies to “Contact”

  1. I need help with my daughter who will be 18 soon and released from the facility she is currently in and I need help finding some kind of transitional living for her. Please help

    1. Hello Alysia,
      There is very little available for children like your daughter unless the facility she’s in, or your community mental health institutions, has a “step down” or “subacute” program. I don’t know where you’re writing from, but if you’re in the United States, your County government provides mental health services and may have a place for your daughter. Fortunately for you, there’s often much more available for those over 18. That said, I really really understand the horrible fear when a child is being released but isn’t ready. Some families have to paste together informal help, everything from a hotel or apartment month-by-month, a temporary housemate situation, a temporary living situation with other family members, or moving the child between all of those. That’s what my family had to do–it was very stressful for months, but she was kept safe long enough until we got her in a different program which covered an apartment.

      If you can stay focused on the basics: your child’s safety, one day at a time, you will eventually be able to secure longer term solutions. You start just with that day, eventually you’ll only need to be on high alert every 2 to 3 days, then a week at a time, then month by month… The only way to endure this level of care is to give equal attention to your own mental health safety. But I want you to know that parents get better after they go through this the first time. Parents get better at finding safe solutions quickly, better at getting cooperation from their child and the systems they depend on, and better at maintaining their own wellbeing. Don’t let go of hope. Really, parents and their child get through this.

      We parents should *never* have to be put in a situation like yours. A child’s life is at stake and the parents no longer have control or authority, it’s no wonder we feel desperate. From my perspective back then, I felt I had to go in survival mode–yet thinking “survival mode” really helped me go into action. Each day it got clearer and clearer what I could do to ensure my child was safe. I had to go into “survival mode” several times over the years until my child was safe enough and the stress of supporting her was significantly less.

      Margaret

    1. Hello T,

      I will be contacting you shortly with information about how I can help you. First of all, take care and have hope. Other parents with troubled teenagers have been able to turn things around for their child and the rest of the household. Their are literally dozens of things you can do which are practical and effective and can be put into place in everyday life. As you’ve probably heard before, parents have to be well first before they can effectively help their children. I help parents figure all this out, and can quickly offer reasons for hope.

      Take good care and do something kind for yourself today,

      Margaret

  2. Hi! My husband and are seeking help regarding our 19-year-old son. If you have an opportunity to reply, I would appreciate it very much.

    Best – Karen

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