My story as a mom started long before I had my four kids.
But I didn’t know that at the time.
All I knew back then was that I was full of hopes and dreams of what motherhood could, should, and would be.
And yet somehow, once I actually became a mother...
Daily life fell, er, slightly short of expectation,
Whenever my kids pushed my buttons, I would go Jekyll/Hyde on them and transform into someone I barely recognized (and hoped I’d never have to face again).
What was happening to my relationships with my kids? And with myself!?
Most nights, I was embarrassed to replay my day in my head
The more our family grew, the heavier my heart became.
By the time my fourth kid was born, it was impossible to ignore that I was struggling.
- Didn’t have anywhere to turn
- Was afraid of being misunderstood and judged
- Felt like no one could properly support or guide me
I knew I couldn’t be the only one
Surely other moms out there were also feeling as overwhelmed and isolated as I was.
And I wanted to help.
I started mining deep within myself and scouring psych data and theory for clues.
That led to close to a decade of research, clinical experience, and personal trial and error. Until finally, I made sense of my early experiences and integrated my growth into my own parenting.
I formulated the 5-step method that guides my work until today.
And it worked!
This was BIG. (A welcome relief.)
Big changes, big results
At first, there were still times when I snapped at my kids, but it was somehow less devastating. Over time, I found myself becoming
And my kids felt it, too.
I noticed them becoming more:
We started to enjoy being together and sharing moments of connections amidst the chaos of daily life.
Today, I take pride in my relationships with my kids. I feel present and connected and, even when things get crazy, I am confident I’m doing a good job.
And I'm not the only one.
The women I have the honor of supporting on their journey of discovery, repair, growth and connection report the same experience. It's amazing to witness.
Is the road to confident, connected parenting uncomfortable? Sure.
But moms who’ve gotten to the other side agree: It’s 100% worth it!
Me in a nutshell
Hover over the walnut!
Beliefs I live (and work) by
Raising kind, content, and capable kids doesn’t happen by accident. I believe parents owe it to their kids to:
GET THEIR SH*T TOGETHER
No shame — we all have our sh*t
Give your kids the upbringing they deserve, without any hidden expectations, automatic reaction patterns, or baggage.
PRIORITIZE THEIR OWN NEEDS
AKA you matter too!!
Taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being is the secret behind joyful, fulfilling, non-resentful relationships with your kids.
My practice is built on core values
You’re not looking for a parenting coach. Which is perfect, because I’m not one! I’m a psychologist with rigorous academic training under my belt. My work is always grounded in data and proven psychological methods.
No topic’s off limits when we work together. I create emotional safety for you to get raw and uncover the root causes of your parenting struggles. Zero judgment. Zero blame. Only heaps of support.
I’d never preach something I don’t practice myself. I don’t just TEACH my 5-step framework or my dedication to building loving and lasting relationships. I live and breathe them. Every single day.
I’m no newbie. I’ve been helping moms in my private practice for well over a decade. And guess what? I pump all of those years of psychological insights and wisdom right into my work with you.
I’m not your superior, dictating orders from my armchair. I’m your partner in this process. I’m passionate about helping you and your kids thrive, and you’ll feel that right from our first meeting.
Keeping it real doesn’t have to mean keeping it heavy. Some hard-to-digest truths are made a little easier with a spoonful of sugar, and a good belly laugh. I look for ways to bring that sense of lightness and ease into all my work.
None of this in theory business. I’m all about practical, useful, and down-to-earth. I use real examples from YOUR life to gently guide you towards reaching your goals, step by step.
“How do I know if we’re a good fit?”
A parenting course, coach, or general psychologist might be great options for some, but that’s not who I am or what I do. Let’s make sure your needs align with what I offer.
We’re a PERFECT fit if:
But we’re probably NOT a great fit if:
“I enjoy my kids and appreciate them for who they are”
I was having trouble finding a way to develop a healthy, positive relationship with my family. When I got to the point that every interaction with them left me feeling hurt, undervalued, and angry, I knew I needed to seek help. Liba provided me with a comfortable and open environment that enabled me to get to the root of the problem and gave me the tools to build a positive relationship with my family. With Liba’s help and guidance, I am now able to enjoy everyone’s company and to appreciate them for who they are.
— Rachel, Mother of 3
“I feel much more at ease in my life”
While I have worked with other therapists in the past, I have never found a better match for myself than I did in finding Liba. Liba was extremely open, understanding, relaxed, non-judgmental and lighthearted; she put me at ease immediately and was truly a pleasure to work with. I looked forward to every session and felt that we constantly made progress in our work together until we came to a point at which I felt much more at ease in my life in general after gaining insight into the issues that were previously distressing me. Liba guided me towards understanding myself and my life in ways that truly enhanced my life.
— Lisa, Mother of 5
Quick fixes, parenting hacks, and band-aid solutions seemed like a good idea.