AT FAMILIES THRIVE
YOUR FAMILY WELL-BEING IS IN GOOD HANDS
Is something missing in your parenting or your family life? Does your child seem to be struggling even though you are doing your very best? Would you like to gain some perspective on what is happening?
I am Nancy Pearson, LCSW, and I have been working with children and families for more than 30 years. I can listen to your concerns, learn what is going on with you and your child, and help you implement changes that will bring about the positive outcomes you want.
A Bit About Therapy
At Families Thrive, I use evidence based practices to bring about positive changes in mood, behavior, and relationships for both you and your children. Together, we deepen understanding of what is challenging your family and build skills to make the improvements you want. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a growth process that necessitates participation and investment. But in the end, this investment can bring the life-altering results you desire. My services are personalized to suit your particular needs, and I go the extra mile to provide you with all the tools to make your family what you want it to be.
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
LIFE IS TOUGH, MY DARLING, BUT SO ARE YOU ~ STEPHANIE BENNET HENRY
WHILE THE DAYS OF PARENTING MAY SEEM SO LONG, THE YEARS ARE SO SHORT
Exceeding Expectations One Family at a Time
I have been in practice for more than 30 years, working in client homes, offices, clinics, and schools. I sometimes practice with my Labradoodle, Sophie, who lends lightheartedness and joy to the work. I practice from either my home office space or from client homes (in the instance of postpartum support only). I work for you and with you, not on you. That means that I honor your goals, priorities, and values and work together to achieve your desired ends. Working with Nancy Pearson, "Families Thrive!”
Personal Points of View
I believe that family is the organizing principle that allows each of its members to grow and prosper. When family is going well, each individual is stronger for the experience; when it is not going well, all members suffer. I have helped thousands of families as they struggle with barriers and find solutions to harmonious living that supports the individuality of each of its members.
Having experienced the trauma of divorce first hand, I had to find ways to protect my children from the deleterious effects it can have. So I studied, and I practiced, and I took risks both professionally and personally until I could co-parent harmoniously and coach others in how to achieve that outcome. The result is a satisfying co-parenting family life where children flourish!
There is no dispute that attachment, bonding, and attuned interpersonal relationship forms the foundation for thriving children. When that is achieved the child and the family move together as a working unit. When it is disrupted, all manner of chaos can pursue. Let me help you identify practices to help you strengthen your connections and improve the working ability of your family.
All the Answers You Seek, In One Place
How do you work with me and my children if I want play therapy?
If you are seeking support that involves your child, we will usually set it up in a rhythmic pattern so that I can get to know both you and your child separately. Our first contact is a free 30 minute consultation where you and I talk about what you are looking for. After that, we schedule a parent meeting where I can meet you and learn more about your concerns. That is then followed by four sessions of play therapy with your child. The session following that then goes back to me meeting with you as parent. We will discuss if, and when, we bring the entire family together at once.
How does the in-home postpartum support work?
Being trained both as a social worker and a postpartum doula, I come to your home shortly following the birth of your child to help you, your newborn, and any siblings adjust. This can take many forms including engaging in family routines to assist with structures and regulations, utilizing in-home play therapy to help siblings find their place in these new circumstances, or consultation with either or both parents about post partum depression, sibling support, or adjustments to the needs of the newborn and the new parenting role.
What is your practice setting like?
For play therapy and parenting consultations, I work from my home office in the Sellwood neighborhood of SE Portland. Here I am most resourced to work with your child in an expansive way; we may play in the sandbox, cook in the kitchen, or explore the outdoors. Sophie, the Labradoodle therapy dog, may join us or she may just watch from a distance to make sure that all is well.
Where We Meet
The Sand Tray in the Play Room
Sophie, the Therapy Dog!
... is the place where you can get sensitive, experienced, professional assistance that will help you and your family get back on track again. All members are respected for their needs and wants and we will work together to make your family a harmonious and joyful experience. Don't delay; this is one of the most important steps you can take. Let yourselves be supported and nurtured so that you can enjoy your family life to its fullest!
At Families Thrive, your mental health and well-being is important to me. I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges, and I get great satisfaction from seeing them heal and thrive. Contact me today to see how I can help you and let’s discuss the wide range of options at your disposal.