Several months ago, I shared my plans to get licensed as a Pediatric Sleep Consultant with my parents, and the first words out of my dad's mouth are likely a question you might have wondered, too. After explaining the coursework and certification process, he asked. "So, what do you do exactly? Is it, like, therapy?"
So, for Dad and anyone else who wonders, I thought I'd tackle that one day!
Let's start with what a Sleep Consultant is NOT:
1. I am not a doctor,
I have an M.Ed. after my name, not an M.D. (And let me assure you that's a good thing!) The reason I ask potential clients to fill out an interest form is to ensure that there are not medical needs involved in your child's sleep struggles that need an actual doctor's care. I, honestly, won't even recommend giving your child Tylenol in a consultation. If there's something medical going on, I will always always always refer you back to your pediatrician!
2. I am not a therapist.
Sorry, Dad, I'm not a therapist - though, to be honest, a lot of families feel a sense of relief discussing their sleep struggles with me. The truth is that exhaustion makes us emotional, and a lot of my job is simply providing a safe space for families to vent their frustrations. Our consultations are full of compassion, empathy, and a judgement-free space. So, am I a therapist? No. But can our consultations feel cathartic like therapy? Absolutely.
3. I am not an "Instagram expert."
Ever noticed those people who have absolutely no credentials in anything but start accounts claiming they are experts in an area that really should have some level of certification involved? Yeah. It makes me a little nuts, too. As a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and a Certified Foster and Adoption Sleep Consultant, I have completed a rigorous training program in the science of sleep, sleep techniques, trauma and attachment, and the role of nutrition in sleep. This is hundreds of hours of coursework - I really do know what I'm talking about!
So, let's talk about what I actually DO.
I empower families to help their children get healthy sleep.
I build relationships with my clients in a safe, judgement-free space.
I serve my families and go the extra mile to get them the help they need.
I create customized sleep plans for my clients - there is never a "one size fits all" approach.
I work to see marriages and families thrive!
If your family is struggling with sleep and would like to set up a judgement-free consultation, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!