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Parent’s Journey: Parenting with Compassion, Presence, and Resilience

We devote decades to our children’s healthy development, to nurture and scaffold them through the stages of childhood and adolescence, and create the conditions for them to evolve into independent, engaged, and self-realized adults. How we navigate this ongoing path to become more attuned, loving, and supportive parents while continuing to nurture our own development as relational beings: this is the Parent’s Journey.

As we nurture our children with daily support and guidance, and walk with them in their journey forward, we also spiral back in time, experiencing the subtle relationship between being our child’s parent and (still) our parent’s child. Do we sometimes “become” our parents and at other times live from our family-of-origin child? How can we courageously yet tenderly, with self-compassion and resilience, turn towards and explore the vulnerabilities that take us beyond our comfort zones, to be present throughout our children’s development while also attending to our own continued growth? How we hold this shared relational experience of our past, present, and future: this is the Parent’s Journey.

Parents Journey is a book-supported, integrative experience consisting of psychoeducation, dedicated space for narrative group sharing, and mindfulness and somatic exercises. The psychoeducation component consists of very readable, best-selling books in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, which explores the impact of human attachment on relational and emotional intelligence in our families, and offer guidance in relational resilience, as well as mindful and nurturing family communication practices, and a chance to explore the impact of our family-of-origin backgrounds on our relationship and parenting styles. Reading prior to group meetings will facilitate an engaged and meaningful group experience.

Facilitated by Jinji Willingham, MA., C.Phil,
LPC Intern, DEEP Center Counseling,
Supervised by Candyce Ossefort-Russell

Jinji Willingham has over 20 years of Montessori parenting and is an Austin psychotherapist who works with individuals, young adults, parents, families, artists, and academics. She specializes in life transitions, relationships, loss and grief, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma, and offers therapy and support groups, as well as in-school presentations and private workshops. She has a BA in history, an MA in English, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Intellectual History, all from UCLA where she was an Adjunct English Instructor. She also holds an MA in Counseling (St. Edwards), and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Intern at DEEP Center Counseling, supervised by Candyce Ossefort-Russell. In addition to being a volunteer at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, Ms. Willingham is a Chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Seton Hospital. She is an Aspirant seeking lay ordination in the Order of Interbeing, in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and offers instruction in Mindfulness practices for children, adolescents, adults, and groups.

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