About Me

Certified life coach; trauma-informed parent coach

Let the fire within you shine brighter than the flames around you. This journey doesn’t have to destroy you. There is a way out. There is hope!

Hi! I’m Diana

I’m glad you’ve found me!  I’m a wife, a mom to 3 awesome (but also very challenging) kids, and I’m also a trauma recovery coach. I help women who’ve been through all kinds of  traumatic experiences restore hope, rise from the ashes, and rebuild their lives in happy and healthy ways. 

Our family has been through it all over the years…parenting trauma, adoption trauma, attachment trauma, complex trauma, all kinds of “Big T” traumas and “little t” traumas, medical trauma, mental health trauma, school trauma, police trauma, legal system trauma, religious trauma, emotional trauma, and oh, so much family drama trauma that we now recognize is driven by the dark world of narcissism.

Yes, it’s been A LOT!

However, we made it through, we’re still married, and we lived to tell about it! Through it all, I found a passion and a gift for helping other women learn how to heal from trauma.

 Healing from trauma is too big to do alone! One of the most important things I’ve learned on my own emotional healing journey is that none of us can do this alone. Nor were we meant to. While there is much we can do and learn on our own about trauma and recovery, it doesn’t heal in isolation. 

We need other people. We need to learn how to safely connect with other people. We need to learn how to manage our own unresolved trauma and the extensive emotional damage that comes with it without pushing other people away or allowing them to walk all over us. That’s what I love helping people do!

A Bit More About Me…

Just for fun, I’ve added a few bits of trivia (many of which are also answers to frequently asked questions) to help you learn even more about me.

About My Family

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My husband and I met on a blind date over 30 years ago. I avoided him for two weeks,  we dated seriously for two weeks after that, and we were married three months later.

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We were blessed with one “miracle baby” who joined us the old-fashioned way after five years of trying.  We adopted two boys from Eastern Europe eight years later at the ages of seven and almost three. We love those two stinkers with all our hearts, but raising them was no walk in the park (and they’ll both agree with that statement if you ask them.)

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Both my boys came to us with a severe trauma history and have struggled greatly with issues related to FASD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, complex PTSD, mood disorders, ODD, depression, anxiety, and more.

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All three of our kids have ADHD and learning disabilities.

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To top it all off, our daughter was in a “minor” auto/bike accident several years ago that left her with a debilitating chronic pain condition. She’s now minus a leg and learning to do life as an amputee because it was better than living with the horrible pain.

About My Training

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Much of what I know I learned through the “School of Hard Knocks” and by reading dozens of books about trauma, attachment disorder, and more recently narcissism, in order to survive the insanity our life.

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I went through rigorous training and received my life coaching certification in 2015. I have since completed two other additional certifications specifically related to parent coaching and trauma and am curently working on a third.

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I am not a licensed mental health professional and don’t offer any kind of therapy, diagnosis, treatment program, or therapeutic intervention.

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I do what I do because I know how hard it is to find any help, let alone anyone who truly understands the impact of trauma. I’m not okay watching families shatter and collapse because they don’t have the proper training, tools, or support needed to make things work.

About My Approach

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I firmly believe that the most important person to help in the family is Mom!

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Though our kids may be causing the problems, so much of how things play out depends on mom, both for better and for worse. Yet far too often, she’s the last one to get help, the last one to get any support, and the first (and often only one) to stand on the front line doing all the hard work.

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Many moms have their own hidden (or not-so-hidden) trauma wounds and adaptations that must be resolved in order for anyone and everyone to move forward.

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Investing in Mom and helping Mom get the support and resources she needs helps the whole family to heal. The best shot our kids have at healing themselves is by watching us healing ourselves. They need us to go first and show them what it looks like and how it’s done.

Fun Facts About Me

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I love the ocean and the beach, but I don’t like heat and I live in a desert.

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I’m not a dog person, but we do have a pair of Russian tortoises.

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I love taking pictures of beautiful places and things, and I love being in places where I can take those pictures.

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I live in Utah. The answer is yes, and I love people and Jesus with all of my heart.

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