Specialized Therapy for Parents of Special Children

 This is a space for YOU, as a parent or couple. My specialty is not working with the child, although at times we may meet as a family.  This is for YOUR own support, something which is likely quite neglected. I can provide referrals for treatment for your child if needed.

Raising any child is generally an adventure into the unknown. But for a parent of a child with a disability, special needs, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health concerns, the uniquely joyful adventure can also frequently become quite tumultuous.

The journey can be both unbelievably rewarding with the tiniest emerging milestones, and completely overwhelming, waiting and wondering if the milestones will ever come. It provokes anxiety for the future unknowns, frustration and desperation navigating the system, high stress during frightening medical concerns, and making choices for which there are sometimes no perfect answers.

Overwhelm and exhaustion can turn to depression. Primary relationships frequently are put on the back burner as the child’s needs require center priority. Self care is usually non-existant.

Taking steps towards regaining your sense of self again, or strengthening your relationship with your partner, will not only provide extensive personal benefits, but also allows for you to realign with what is important for YOU and will provide newfound strength to continue doing the hard work it takes to care for an exceptional loved one.

Inspired by the work of Dr. Rita Eichenstein, through individual AND/OR couples sessions, we may work through the stages of grief and how they may show up in your life surrounding parenting your child: Denial, Anger and Blame, Bargaining and Seeking Solutions, Depression, and Active Acceptance.

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24632 San Juan, Suite #200
Dana Point, CA 92675

31815 Camino Capistrano, Suite #15 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

leahlewislmft@gmail.com
(949) 459-3169

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