I am a certified Gentle Sleep Coach and an Early Childhood Education Consultant. I provide Coaching and Consulting services to families in the greater Sacramento area.
Early Childhood Education is my specialty! I received my BA in Child Development from Sonoma State University in 2000 and have completed all the coursework for an MA in Leadership Administration. I hold an internationally recognized Gentle Sleep Training certification and serve as the Sleep Expert for Tinyhood.com.
I have been working with children 0-5 and their families for over twenty-five years in the Early Childhood Education field. I have provided parent trainings and information on topics ranging from child development, to kindergarten readiness, to sleep education. My experience has also extended to working with preschool teachers on classroom interactions and relationship building.
The Gentle Sleep Coaching Program is currently the most extensive & professional sleep certification program available. The program involves over 50 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C who has been helping tired parents for over 16 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of my training topics included:
• Basic counseling and child development
• Sleep Science and Behavioral Modification Techniques
• Secure Attachment Theory
• Supporting the Breastfeeding Mom
• And much more!
Lectures from top specialists in the areas of:
• Postpartum Depression from Dr Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
• Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
• Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep by Jodi Jennings, OTLR
• and others…
The most interesting and pertinent position I hold is that of Mom to two young boys! It is through my work in parenthood that I learned how to both empathize and sympathize with other parents. For as knowledgeable as I am about developmental milestones, great circle time activities, and kindergarten readiness, I had to call Kim West for help getting my own kids to sleep!
My husband and I were sleep deprived and we knew the boys weren’t getting the quality sleep they needed to grow and develop. We needed someone to educate us, point out where we were going wrong and guide us back to the right track. From a child development perspective, Kim’s techniques are appropriate and effective. I am proud to say that our boys are still sleeping great over a year later! My work with Kim saved my sanity and helped our whole family become well rested.
The best way to relate to the issues, troubles or concerns of another person, is to have survived a similar experience. I am happy to share my experience with other parents and help guide families to a better night sleep.
A Gentle Approach
As a Gentle Sleep Coach, I offer an alternative philosophy to parents who resist the idea of leaving their baby alone to cry it out. As we work together to teach your child to sleep, you will always be able to respond to them in a loving and supportive way.
Sleep Coaching for All Children
Together, we’ll get your infant, toddler, or preschooler the sleep they need.
Phone or In-Home Consultations
We can make a plan by phone or video chat, and during the coronavirus pandemic, I can conduct virtual home assessments.
Get a personalized sleep plan based on your family’s needs & goals.
Begin your journey to becoming a well-rested family by scheduling a free 15-minute phone consultation. We’ll discuss your specific needs, and I’ll provide you with information about my services and which package is right for your family. Don’t worry, there’s no pressure to make any changes until YOU’RE ready!