Services

Providing families with freedom, support, and knowledge.

A note about COVID19 – due to ongoing and uncertain restrictions, my services are still listed as being available in-person or virtually. If current restrictions allow in-person service, strict precautions will be followed to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing. I am only willing to work with families that acknowledge the COVID19 pandemic as serious and are doing their part in limiting its spread. 

Parents can seem like the easiest…or the most difficult people to find a meaningful gift for.

The list of baby gadgets, postpartum recovery kits & parenting items marketed to make parenting “easier” is overwhelming. Babies are small things that truthfully don’t need much in the first year of their life. So what is the best way to spend that money or gift a parent?
Give the gift of support! The ideal gift for parents of children 0-5. 

The gift of compassionate support, postpartum and beyond.
The gift of freedom and hope without guilt.
The gift of perinatal mental health support.
The gift of non-judgemental, research-based, family-centred advice.
The gift of infant and early childhood mental health and development knowledge.
The gift of building their village of support.

Investment: there is a minimum amount of $50 (up to any amount) which can be used toward any of my services currently available. The gift is valid for up to 1 year after purchase. Can be delivered in paper or electronic form. 

While I no longer provide conventional nanny/babysitting services, I do provide freedom services which include engagement and care of infants and young children. How are these different? The engagement and care I provide is rooted in years of education, training, research analysis, and firsthand experience.

I aim to provide parents with a source of freedom and hope, while helping their children build early, predictable, and trusting relationships with non-kin. A substantial amount of research and practical application goes into every interaction I have with your child, from engagement to care, and any advice or recommendations I may provide.

This service can include planned outings, family trips & trip preparation.

*Please download the Service Guide below for more information about my approach* 

Investment: $20-25/hr (sliding scale)

The old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” still has truth to it today. The difference now is that our society isn’t structured in a way in which we have the necessary supports – many young families don’t live near extended family or may not have relationships with them, and yet we haven’t found a way to fill the gap.

The rise in perinatal support is incredibly encouraging and vital (shoutout to doulas) – AND parents need support beyond the fourth trimester, and even the first year. Becoming a parent is a transformative journey that requires support throughout every peak and valley during the first 3 years. Support that is nonjudgemental, aligns with your family’s values, and is rooted in the latest empirical research. 

Based on establishing your family’s values and goals as parents, we will work together while I provide advice, guidance, and support.
This service will look different for each family and we can discuss what that may look like based on your family’s needs.

*Please download the Service Guide below for more information on my approach* 

Investment: $25-30/hr (sliding scale) 

While many parents experience some mild mood changes before, during, or after the birth of a child, some experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of mood disorders that parents may experience, including: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD (can include birth trauma), Bipolar Mood Disorders, and Psychosis. 

Parents of every culture, age, income level, race, and gender can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth (or later if unaddressed). *perinatal means ‘around’ the time of birth – meaning these services are available when pregnant or postpartum up to a year, for either or both caregiver(s).

It can often be difficult to assess whether or not you are experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder for several reasons. If you are unsure, we can discuss where you are at and what next steps look like for you, specifically. With informed care and support, you can feel hope and control again. Every perinatal mood disorder, no matter how strong the symptoms are, is temporary and treatable.

Please visit Postpartum Support International and The Postpartum Stress Center for more information.

*Please download the PMH Consult Guide below for more detail and information about the process* 

Investment: Initial Assessment & Service process $150 / Ongoing support $40-60/hr (sliding scale) / Additional services at their own rates 

Infancy and development is also full of constant transitions . It can become easily overwhelming when you feel like you’ve just figured things out and now your child is already struggling with another transition!
I can support your family and child to help prepare, integrate, and maintain effective solutions to cope through any transition. 
This may include:

  • Feeding (breast/chest/body feeding, bottle feeding, formula feeding, solids)
  • Sleep (when what you’re doing is no longer working for you and/or you need to make a change; bedsharing, co-sleeping, independent sleep, crib/bed)
  • Introducing new siblings
  • Transitions in daily routine
  • Other transitions unique to your family!

*Please download the Service Guide below for more information on my approach* 

Investment: $25-30/hr (sliding scale)

Infant mental health is the social and emotional well-being of the very young child in the context of family relationships, beginning at birth and extending through the preschool years. Because this is a time of such rapid development and growth, many variables and factors can be at play in your child’s mental wellbeing.

While many find it hard to believe, depression can be observed in infants as early as the first 2-3 months of life, as can attachment disorders, problems with regulation of behavior and emotions, and other developmental difficulties. The rapid growth and flexibility of the brain also means that these disorders and difficulties can be much easier to address the earlier we intervene! Treatment most often involves working with parents and infants together, emphasizing relationship, interaction, emotions and knowledge of the child’s needs.

Parents/caregivers may notice differences, difficulties, or delays in their child and/or may suspect their child has symptoms of a mental health difference or disorder such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, ADHD, ASD, highly sensitive, sensory processing differences, or others. Depending on the individual child, screening assessments for specific disorders may be used and/or the following areas of development may be assessed: communication, problem-solving, personal-social, gross motor, fine motor, self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people.

*Please download the Assessment Consult Guide below for more information about the process* 

Investment: Initial Assessment & Service Process $250 / Ongoing support $40-60/hr (sliding scale)

Early developmental screening and support plans can be essential in predicting and intervening in a child’s early life trajectory.

Assessment allows a Developmental Support Plan (DSP) to be developed, which is an individualized plan developed to monitor and support the growth of a child in key areas of child development, namely: communication, problem-solving, personal-social, gross motor and fine motor. This can also be done for social emotional development (self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people).

What can a DSP help with?
– Support the child’s development
– Provide strategies that can foster child’s development while they may be waiting for further assessment or referral to specialists
– Provide simple everyday strategies and activities to help a child reach appropriate developmental goals in a culturally appropriate and strength-based way.
– Provide an opportunity for caregivers and staff members to collaborate on a child’s development
– Helps parents and/or caregivers understand the type of experiences their child needs to meet their next developmental milestone.

*Please download the Assessment Consult Guide below for more information about the process* 

Investment: Initial Assessment & Service Process $250 / Ongoing support $40-60/hr (sliding scale)

Whether your child is exhibiting behaviours that are challenging, worrisome, or hindering day-to-day functioning, there are ways to work with your child and family that honour your unique values and needs. We can work to address behaviours in a developmentally appropriate way and provide you with the resources and support to sustain this!

Children don’t come with a manual and understanding their behaviours (and therefore their skills, needs, and wants) can be incredibly difficult! Infant and toddler behaviours are often expressions of skills they don’t yet have (such as impulse control or self-regulation) which is why assessing your child’s development and strengths can assist in determining the best ways to support them, and your family!

Areas assessed may include: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving, personal-social, self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, interaction with people, and sensory sensitivities and preferences. 

*Please download the Assessment Consult Guide below for more information about the process* 

Investment: Initial Assessment & Service Process $250 / Ongoing support $40-60/hr (sliding scale)

* this service is a form of ongoing support available only to families and children who’ve already gone through the assessment process * 

Social emotional learning often gets forgotten when it comes to supporting children’s mental growth and wellbeing, and yet it’s often the root of many emotional and behavioural ‘concerns’ or differences in early childhood.

The young child’s brain needs support in maturing different areas and organizing different skills; it particularly needs help to integrate all of these things to work together for optimal functioning and wellbeing! This includes things like identifying and understanding emotions, learning ways to respond to different emotions, different regulatory techniques, social communication and interaction with others.

Building these skills and cultivating awareness plays a key role in strengthening important neural pathways related to self-awareness, empathy, and resilience.

Teaching social emotional skills and awareness is not always intuitive and just as you might seek support around ‘academic’ learning (ECEs/teachers), it’s not only normal but incredibly proactive to invest in your child’s social emotional growth and wellbeing, as well!

Investment: $40-60/hr (sliding scale)

In today’s culture of constant information, opinions, and advice, it’s hard to know where to turn when you have a question or concern. Grandparents? Social media? Friends? Your doctor? Google?

None of these options guarantee accurate information based on relevant and recent research, consideration of your family’s values and needs, your unique individual child, or your family’s current circumstances. They don’t provide you with the knowledge and options to make an informed decision based on what you feel is best for your family – without judgement, shame, or fear-mongering.

That is exactly what this service aims to provide. Once learning more about your family/child/circumstance – I will compile all the relevant research, recommendations, and referrals for you!

Investment: Initial Knowledge Consult $100 / Ongoing support $40-60/hr

Creating, sustaining, and adapting effective family dynamics in today’s world can feel like an impossible task. Many families have been forced into uncomfortable situations…there’s less support, more anxiety and uncertainty, and little to no control.

Regardless of the shifts and changes your family may be coping with, this kind of support can be incredibly beneficial to realign family goals consistent with family values, repair & strengthen partnerships, and build opportunities for lasting connection with your children.

Being present with yourself allows you to be present with your children. Infants in particular need parents that can be responsive in the moment and engage in back and forth interaction. If this is something you’re struggling with, you are not a bad parent! Read that again. What it could mean is that seeking support is the next step & I am dedicated to working with your unique family and circumstances!

Investment: Initial Service Process $100 / Ongoing support $40-60/hr (sliding scale)

As someone who has personally navigated healthcare and medical systems for most of my life, I know how overwhelming and draining it can be. When it comes to your children – it can be THAT much more difficult.

Whether it be physical, mental, developmental, or even a routine check-up – I can be there to support parents in understanding the knowledge presented to them, being heard by their practitioners, and self-advocating for themselves, their child, and/or family. I can also be present to provide an emotional container for parents who have medical fears or struggle with medical-related anxiety (for themselves or infant/child).

Investment: $25-30/hr (sliding scale)

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Due to the range of services I provide, rates can vary from family to family. I do want to be as transparent as possible and so I have listed service estimates above. Our first consult, to learn about your child/family and how my services may support you specifically, is always FREE.  From there I can be more specific in providing your family a unique investment plan – I am always willing to discuss financial accessibility. Further discount is available for BIPOC & LGBTQ2SIA+ families in particular. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For many years I classified my role as a nanny and/or babysitter. Once establishing my educational foundation, those titles no longer seemed fitting for the type, variety, and quality of services I provide to families. You may notice that my services do not include ‘nannying’ or ‘babysitting’ however I do provide engagement and care for both infants and young children. This engagement and care is of high quality with a constant focus on your child’s mental health and healthy development, including interactions and activities to support this.

The foundations of all domains of human development are laid in the first several years of life. Basic to healthy development are the capacities to love, to feel, to develop a sense of self, and to adapt to one’s environment. Infant mental health is the social and emotional well-being of the very young child in the context of family relationships, beginning at birth and extending through the preschool years.

For more info: 10 Things You Should Know About Infant Mental Health

As an Infant Mental Health Specialist, it is important for me to clearly outline my scope of practice and what I am and am not able to provide. As of April 2020, as an IMH Specialist, I am able to provide basic assessment and screening for developmental, behavioural, and/or mental health concerns. This assessment is NOT a diagnostic tool, nor can I diagnose any disorders or provide ‘treatment’. I am not trained or certified as a psychologist, psychotherapist, or psychiatrist. As an IMH Specialist, I am trained and able to provide support around: identifying areas of concern; monitoring progress and concerns; supporting areas of development and attachment (of concern or not); addressing challenging behaviours (not classified as disordered); healthy family dynamics; and counselling and communication services (not psychotherapy).

As a Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C candidate), I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist. I am able to provide support around identifying, managing, and seeking formal treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS).

While I aim to work from a trauma-informed perspective, promote resiliency, and am trained in supporting trauma disclosure, I am not trained in formally treating adult or child trauma.

My services are for any family, parent, caregiver, infant, child, or combination! The age range I typically work with is newborn to age 5 (if you have an infant or toddler as well as an older child, I can still support your family). I aim to be inclusive and take steps to actively establish safe spaces in the homes and connections I enter into.

I accept clients of all races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, family dynamics and backgrounds. My work supports families in whatever form they come in. That being said, I may not be the best individual to provide support to every family – I am a white, cis, able-bodied presenting, bisexual individual in a heteronormative relationship. I am learning and cultivating awareness on how to be a better service provider to all individuals and families and actively work to acknowledge my privileges, prejudices, and biases. 

There are many reasons a parent may seek out an assessment for their infant/child and all of them are valid! Assessments are a tool used to provide us with specific information about your individual child and their development. Assessments are not only used to identify problems. Some reasons parents may want this information is to:

  • Better understand your child’s development across different domains
  • Help support your child’s development, including specific developmental goals, in culturally appropriate and strength-based ways
  • Help parents/caregivers understand the types of experiences their child needs to support their unique development
  • Identify areas of delay/difference/concern in development or behaviour
  • Better understand and respond to your child’s behaviour by assessing which areas of skill need support and how to do so in a strengths-based way (behaviour is about skill, not will)
  • Provide insight and strategies while waiting for further assessment or referral by specialists

It’s important to understand that there are many benefits to assessment such as early identification, monitoring, and intervention of developmental differences or concerns, providing parents with reassurance about their child’s development, equipping parents with knowledge and strategies to feel more proactive about their child’s development, providing developmentally appropriate strategies and experiences for parents to try with their children, and more.

The only ‘negative’ outcome I like to make parents aware of is a heightened sensitivity or concern around “normal” development and changes. Assessments are not intended to create fear or hyper-vigilance but rather to help you, and others, better understand your child and how best to support their development. I am dedicated to making sure parents feel supported and well informed prior to and following assessments.

Infants as young as 1 month old can be assessed! The earlier a child is assessed, the earlier support measures can be put into place to nurture their unique development and wellbeing.

My rates are based on my many years of experience and extensive knowledge gained from relevant academia, trainings, and certifications. That being said, most of my services are sliding scale, and I am always willing to discuss financial accessibility. I firmly believe that finances should not be a barrier to getting your family and child support. 

Sliding scale pricing allows rates to be flexible. Within the range set, you can choose your rate based on what is accessible to you. For example, $20-25/hr range means you can choose 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, or 25/hr as your rate. My sliding-scale pricing is also invoice-specific, meaning you can choose your rate for each individual invoice based on your finances at the time.

While I will absolutely never question or care which rate you choose, I do ask that clients be mindful of sharing privilege. If you are able (and willing) to pay a higher rate, it allows me to continue to provide lower rates to clients who require them while also providing myself some financial stability. 

My availability is in constant flux, particularly with COVID restrictions. Please do not hesitate to reach out with your availability and we can arrange something that works for us both! Consults can easily happen via phone or Zoom.

Due to COVID, many of my services have been adapted for virtual/distanced-support! Please contact me for further details.

I am currently located in central downtown Hamilton. I am able to travel to various surrounding areas (by car). Due to COVID, many of my services have been adapted for virtual/distanced-support! Please contact me for further details. 

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