I specialize in supporting parents who wish to heal their children’s emotional, behavioral and educational struggles through attachment parenting, natural learning (including unschooling) and alternatives to psychiatric drugs. I provide coaching for parents of children ages pre-birth through late adolescence. I also provide specialized attention to the unique parenting needs of single parents, adoptive parents, grandparents and step-parents. Laurie specializes in trauma and severe emotional and behavioral problems in children… She confidently and compassionately assists parents with healing solutions for any level of challenge!
I offer a variety of flexible, life-changing services for parents and for professionals who work with families. Choose from the services that best meet your needs below.
Attachment Parenting Coaching
I offer one-to-one coaching and support to parents of children of all ages- Pregnancy through late adolescence. I can work with you via telephone, email or Skype. If you live in NH, MA or ME, I may be able to meet with you in person. Parenting coaching is flexible to meet your needs! I pack our consultation sessions full of advice and support that you can use immediately, as well as helpful resources, so families often only require one or two coaching sessions! You may wish to work with me periodically if new issues arise, or, you may wish for me to provide ongoing coaching support for you- I am available to provide whatever level of support you need. Some examples of topics for our consultation:
- Attachment parenting support for expecting or new parents
- Attachment parenting support for parents of children ages toddler through late teens
- Child development support (teen issues, toddler issues, etc.)
- Healing discipline and behavioral issues (mild, moderate or severe)
- Healing school problems, learning challenges and/or “ADHD”
- Healing emotional and mental health challenges (mild, moderate or severe)
- Healing trauma (children who have suffered loss; physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect)
- Alternatives to psychiatric medication
- Alternatives to public school
- Unschooling support
- Adoption and attachment issues, Reactive Attachment Disorder and PTSD
- Grandparenting, step-parenting, foster-to-adoptive parenting or kinship parenting
- Peer issues, bullying and harassment
- Autism spectrum support
- Parenting education and support for parents with trauma histories
Unschooling and Alternative Education Consultation
I can work with you via telephone, email or Skype. If you live in NH, MA or ME, I may be able to meet with you in person. Education consultation is flexible to meet your needs! I pack our consultation sessions full of advice and support that you can use immediately, as well as helpful resources, so families often only require one or two sessions! You may wish to work with me periodically if new issues arise, or, you may wish for me to provide ongoing support for you- I am available to provide whatever level of support you need. Some examples of topics for our consultation:
- Unschooling and homeschooling support
- Alternatives to public or traditional school
- Alternatives to psychiatric medication
- Learning challenges
- School problems
- Peer and social issues
- Peer harassment and bullying
- “ADHD”, “LD” and Autism spectrum support
- Children with exceptional abilities
Parenting Workshops, Trainings and Seminars
Hire me to provide a group parenting workshop or training in your area! I offer flexible options to fit the needs and location of any size or type of group:
- Informal small group of parents
- Formal workshop or training for parents in a support group
- Formal workshop or training open to parents in your community
- Formal workshop or training open to parents of children who attend a school, preschool, day care, camp or other group program
- Seminar at a natural parenting and/or alternative education conference for parents
For a list of topic ideas, please explore the topics in the previous two services.
Professional Consultation, Workshops and Seminars
Increasingly in our professional practice we are seeing youth struggling with severe behavioral problems, chronic trauma, debilitating emotional distress, learning difficulties and families struggling to meet their children’s emotional needs. Children ages 3 to 18 are increasingly being diagnosed with major mental illnesses and learning disabilities and prescribed powerful psychiatric drugs. Our traditional treatment models and therapeutic techniques may leave us challenged to assist these severely distressed families to significantly improve and heal on a long term, holistic level.
Laurie’s unique, engaging consultation, workshops and seminars guide participants beyond major mental illness paradigms and popular treatment models. She helps participants bring into focus the biological and psychological roots of children’s behavioral, emotional and learning distress. Her services to you will combine a century of scientific research on human attachment, learning theory and the neurological effects of child trauma and will show you how to apply it to treating today’s most challenging children and their families.
With an interactive, energetic approach, Laurie A. Couture will help you to start applying simple, deeply life-changing principles immediately to help families become closer and emotionally healthier. You will also be equipped with the resources needed to comprehensively assist families in healing children’s trauma and learning challenges in a brain-based, successful manner.
Laurie provides professional consultation, workshops, trainings and seminars for all mental health, social work, education and medical professionals who work with children ages 0-18 with behavioral, emotional and/or learning problems. These services include information for addressing the special needs of adoptive, kinship and step families and children in foster care.
Discover that children’s behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties are natural alarms signaling that aspects of the child’s environment are not meeting their basic physical, emotional or neurological needs.
Identify the surprising parenting and learning conditions that children’s brains require for mental and emotional health and for optimal learning.
Understand the prominent role Post traumatic Stress Disorder, insecure parent-child attachment and developmentally inappropriate learning environments play in the majority of our young client’s symptoms and the popular diagnoses they are receiving.
Revisit basic human attachment research, learning theory and child brain development and integrate these principles in order to formulate dynamic, comprehensive treatment plans that assist clients in demonstrating genuine improvements.
Differentiate between services that can actually exacerbate the distress of children and families and which treatments facilitate holistic, long-term healing.
Learn respectful, refreshing, little-known discipline principles that you can help parents apply to facilitate responsibilities, boundaries and restitution for the entire family.
Examine the special treatment needs of adoptive families, kinship adoptions, foster children and children with Reactive Attachment Disorder and apply the knowledge gained in this seminar to confidently offer hope and scaffold healing for this exceptional population.
Implement and utilize the simple, yet life-altering information gained in the seminar immediately with your clients, the very next day!
Laurie’s specialties include:
- Parent-child attachment and relationship healing
- Mild, moderate to severe behavioral problems
- The impact of trauma on neurological and psychological development
- Child abuse and neglect and loss issues
- Child development
- Learning theory
- Adoptive, kinship and step families
- Children in foster and residential placements
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- “ADHD”, “LD” and learning challenges
- Anxiety and depression
- Autism spectrum
Laurie’s extensive research across the fields of psychology, human attachment, child development, education, natural science, neurology, cultural anthropology, holistic health and human spiritual and moral development have given her a unique perspective of the underlying roots of children’s distress. Serving children and families from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds in multiple roles has allowed her to cultivate a compassionate, holistic understanding of the needs of children and families.
Laurie A. Couture is an Attachment Parenting and unschooling coach, public speaker and the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. In 2012, Laurie was a guest on the Anderson daytime show, hosted by Anderson Cooper. She was also featured as an expert in the documentary film, The War On Kids (2009).
In 2010, Laurie was a recipient of the NH Manchester Union Leader’s Forty Under 40 honors. In 2009, her book was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards. Laurie has spoken at conferences across the country, inlcuding at the Life Rocks! Radical Unschooling Conference in New Hampshire and the ReThinking Everything Conference in Texas. She writes a blog, hosts a YouTube channel and a podcast and has been a contributor to several magazines and other media, including Home Education, The Attached Family, Mothering.com, Life Learning and Juno.
Laurie has a background as a child trauma specialist, EMDR practitioner and mental health counselor. She has also mentored two disadvantaged teens and has previously worked in the social services and education fields. Laurie has earned international renown for her passionate, cutting-edge writing and advocacy on behalf of youth and families. Laurie is the proud unschooling Mom to her remarkable 19 year old son, Brycen, who is a performing vocalist, songwriter and chainmaille artisan.