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BUILDING A LIFE OF 

PURPOSE AND ABUNDANCE

LIFE COACHING & THERAPY SERVICES

Until I hired a writing coach, I remained unpublished for over 10 years. The power of coaching helped me get published and propelled me into a career of consulting and speaking engagements. Since then I've hired personal trainers, harp teachers, golf instructors--and therapist coaches. When we went to Africa, we hired a guide to help us experience all of the beauty that country had to offer. Without Emmanuel, we would have been lost. Good coaching and good therapy is like hiring a guide to help you see all of life's possibilities, to co-create the vision that's within you. Feeling lost? Know that there's something missing in your life?

Coaching and therapy works!

Let me help guide you towards the life you were meant to live

I am a licensed clinical social worker practicing LIFE COACHING & THERAPY. For over twenty-five years I have worked with adults, children, and their families.  I specialize in helping adults and young adults get unstuck, but I'm also skilled at helping you create the life you were meant to live. Feeling stuck? Having discovered the power of life coaching, I'm exicted to offer this new service to clients in addition to my therapy practice. Whether you are struggling with weight or health issues--or a performance lapse, whether you want to create better relationships with friends, parents, children or adult children, whether you have a family buisness that isn't functioning as well as it could, I'd love to coach you towards the change you want to make. Think about coaching as closing the gap between what's happening in your life right now and where you want to be. Want to schedule an appointment? You can contact me by email, as I check my messages daily. I do Life Coaching and Therapy in my office in Barrington, Rhode Island, and by phone/video chat for clients who are not in the area, and I take most insurances for therapy and for Life Coaching I take all major credit cards.
email: palwrites@aol.com

RETURNABLE GIRL
AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
(Marshall Cavendish, 2009)

WINNER ALA'S POPULAR PAPERBACK 2010

INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION'S
YOUNG ADULT CHOICES LIST 2008

VOYA's TOP SHELF FICTION
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL READERS 2006

American Library Association
2006 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers


The Statewide New Jersey Summer Reading Program 2008


My agent is Susan Schulman who represents authors of Holes, Women Who Love Too Much, The English Patient. Contact Susan at Shulman@aol.com for questions about rights or at 454 West 44th St. NY, NY

Award-winning Returnable Girl--Now available on Kindle!

CONSULTING SERVICES

I have been a clinical consultant for the following agencies:
Adoption Rhode Island (complex case consultation/training/special projects)
Jewish Family Services (complex case consultation)
Turning the Corner Group Homes (Current Clinical Director /training/special projects)


I have presented programs about adolescents at national and state-wide conferences, conducted training and parent education seminars at public and independent schools. For more information click above "workshop" tag.

AWARDS

In November 2008
I received a
Community Partner Award
from Adoption Rhode Island
in recognition of my support of children waiting for adoption.
I was a consultant at Adoption Rhode Island
from 2008-2015 providing clinical supervision, case consultation and
training.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

For information on speaking opportunities including fees, available dates, or for any other reason email me directly at palwrites@aol.com

2017
Rhode Island College
EMDR and Trauma Evidence Based Treatment
Genograms and Family Formation Adoptive and Foster Families
2015
Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Kids in Care: Ethical Considerations for
Front Line Providers. Rhode Island College. March 2015 Co-Presenter

Women and Divorce. Co-Presenter with Cheryl Ethier. March 2015

Rhode Island College Adoption Certificate Program. Genograms and Family Formation
October 2015

2013
Kickimuit Middle School: How to parent your nasty, sneaky , lazy lovable teen April 2

Parenting Matters
Barrington High School
April 6

Bradly Hospital Speaker Series (with Leah Berg)
April 12
Increasing Permanency Outcomes for Children in State Care

2012

How to Parent your nasty, sneaky, lazy lovable ADOPTED teen
Adoption Rhode Island Feb 7

Parenting your nasty sneaky lazy lovable
pre-teen or teen
Parenting Matters Conference
Barrington High School March 17

Pathways to Permanency: Engaging Older Youth to Achieve
Positive Outcomes. April 11-12th
Michigan State University


Communities For People
Foster Parent Training
April 19th


Past Speaking Engagements
February 6, 2011
Teens: Sex and Dating
Congregation Agudas Achim
Attleboro Rhode Island

March 19
Parenting Matters Conference
Barrington High School

April 1-3
Maine Festival of the Book
Portland Maine
www.mainereads.org
(With Julia Glass)

April 6
Allen Coventry Middle School
Parent Support Network

April 9
Making Connections
Adopted Kids, Teens and Families
Parenting Workshop
Adoption Rhode Island

October 19-20th
Think Tank Adoption and Foster Care
Presenter: Pre-post Adoption and Family Therapy a Clinical Perspective
Cleveland, Ohio

October 29th
Children's Book Festival
Barrington Books

December 23rd
Elmwood Community School Providence RI
TRAUMA DRAMA
Understanding how the Brain is Impacted by Trauma
Interventions that work in schools with Teens and Pre-Teens

2010
The Opposite of RAD
Forming Healthy Attachments in Families
Adoption RI

La Salle Academy Honors Night
Protect it, Use it or Lose It
Getting the Most Mileage Out of Your Teen Brain


Parenting Matters sponsored by Bradley Hosptial
Barrington High School
How to Raise Out-of-Control Teenagers
Empowering parents to restore respect, love and sanity to their
families


ADOPTION COMMUNITY OF NEW ENGLAND
The Perfect Storm: Weathering the turbulent adolescent years with your adopted pre-teen or teen

Lincoln High School and Middle School
Sponsored by
Lincoln Task Force on Substance Abuse
USE IT OR LOSE IT. How to make the most
out of your teen's amazing, changing yet vulnerable...brain.
A workshop for smart parents and their very awesome teens.

La Salle Academy
VISITING AUTHOR'S GRANT 2010

ACONE RHODE ISLAND TEEN CONFERENCE
Featured Presenter

BOOK EXPO AMERICA
NEW YORK CITY

NARRAGANSETT HIGH SCHOOL
SPORTS NIGHT

PRINCETON CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE
Continuing Education
They are Teens First(The not so secret lives of foster and adopted teens)

Adoption Rhode Island:Book Club for Teens

ACONE "TRAUMA DRAMA" Identifying and treating traumatized teens.(Adoption Community of New England)Professional Day
Westborough MA April 2008

Community Action Foster Care Training
Woonsocket

LaSalle Parent Night

READING WITH ROBIN 866-920-WHJJ (920AM)

Tannerhill Adoption Agency

Rhode Island College Social Work Class

St. Mary's Foster Home Staff and Foster Parent Training

MOMTALKRADIO 2006

GORDON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL in Providence, RI
Wed. Jan. 24
Gordon's Book Fair

Tea With Marie Channel 13 RI

At Providence College Social Work Class

The Resiliant Child Series ADOPTION RHODE ISLAND

Barrington High SchoolBlogging and Podcast

NATIONAL FOSTER PARENT CONFERENCE WASHINGTON DC 2007

BookExpo America (BEA)New York City

Connecticut Association Foster Parents June 2007

Barnes and Nobel Warwick RI

Author Series Philips Memorial Baptist Church

Caritas Dinner and Silent Auction Keynote

"Let's talk Adoption" Conference
Rutgers University

NJ Author Talk Bayview Commons

Bayside YMCA Author Book Club