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UPBRINGINGS Family Counselling & Parent Consulting

Penticton, BC
Thanks for visiting my website! I'm Fern Whitfield.

To be able to truly relax and share your inner thoughts and feelings demands that our relationship starts on a solid foundation of openness and trust. The more comfortable you feel with me, the better and more effective your therapy will be, so allow me to introduce myself to you. I hope that this information will give you a sense of who I am and how I might be able to help you.

I'm a single mother of two teens. Being a parent is one of the things that I am most proud of, and although it has been, and will always be a challenging journey, I look forward to it every day. I have experienced great joy and immense personal growth in this process called parenting. These are the skills and experiences that no degree could ever provide!

For all of my adult life, independent study of psychology, sociology, neuroscience, attachment theory, child development, parenting philosophies and child discipline have been my avocation. My 30+ years of previous self-employment provided an income and the flexibility to raise my family. As the kids got older, I realized that I could finally take some time off and go back to school, which is something that I always aspired to do. It took a lot of guts and hard work to go back to school in my forties, but it was well worth it. I'm doing what I love and loving what I do each and every day!

I believe that feeling good about yourself, maintaining healthy relationships with others, managing your own emotions and being able to rebound from disappointments or difficulties, are a direct reflection of your past and present attachment relationships. I also think that tuning in to your emotions can help you find better ways of expressing them and regulating them. My own personal life experiences have taught me that even the most extreme and intense challenges can be transformed into magnificent opportunities for personal growth. And, at the risk of sounding "new age" or "spiritual", I also believe that every person has their own "inner wisdom" which reveals itself only when we are ready to receive it.
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