Resources, Books, and Videos

Parenting Books

When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting with RAD – Nancy Thomas

Parenting Pandora: Understanding Your Child with RAD – Essie Johnson

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive – Daniel Siegel, Mary Hartzel

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children – Ross Green, PhD

Adoption Books

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family – Karyn Purvis, David Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids – Gregory Keck, Regina Kupecky

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew – Sherrie Eldridge

Inside Transracial Adoption – Beth Hall

Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families – Jayne Schooler, Betsy Keefer, Timothy Callahan

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents – Deborah D. Gray

Connecting with Kids Through Stories: Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachment in Adopted Children – Denise Lacher, Todd Nichols, Joanne May

Dancing with a Porcupine: Parenting Wounded Children Without Losing Your Self – Jennie Lynn Owens

In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption – Rhonda Roorda

Child Development Books

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel Siegel

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Traumatized Children – Daniel Hughes

Glow Kids by Dr. Kardaras

Boys Adrift by Dr. Leonard Sax

Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman & Arlene Pellicane

Website Links

Nancy Thomas: Families By Design

North Carolina Board Licensed Professional Counselor Resources:

Mind Path Care Center (Carolina Partners) – can order tests

Any Lab Test Now (get food allergy tests – no doctor order required)

Residential Treatment Programs Specializing in RAD:

Nami – local support groups for families dealing with mental illness

Kids Before Screens – For parents of children addicted to their phones, videogaming or online pornography or just wanting to learn more about safety for their kids)

Love and Logic – The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children forms the foundation of good behavior and healthy decision-making.

More Resources

3-Part Article By Tracey Turner

Part 1: When the Child is a Stranger 
Part 2: Once Upon a Time…
Part 3: “Getting Therapized”


A Letter To My Son About Porn

Porn & Sex Ed Sources

RAD Videos

In this video, Tracey talks to you about Strong Sitting. Strong Sitting is a therapeutic tool developed by Nancy Thomas designed to allow children to center themselves. Janie Watson of the Wholeness Healing Center says that strong sitting is “It is a time set aside to teach and encourage the child to learn to quiet themselves, sit with themselves, and calm themselves”.

Be sure to also check out our podcast on The Neuroscience of Strong Sitting with Dr. David Keyser!

Yoga Videos

Tim and Tracey give a quick introduction video on their history with yoga, how it has helped them each and how it can help you.

Watch this video to learn some yoga poses to help relieve back pain.

Experiencing back pain? Find out how using the back ball or any other small ball can help relieve some of the issues you might be having.

Forest Bathing Videos

A short but informative video on what Forest Bathing is and what it can offer to you.

Therapists Who Accept Medicaid NC

(trauma based, attachment based)

Trysha Mazzola, MSW, LCSWA
Pittsboro, NC
I currently provide individual therapy for children and adolescents, as well as individual and group therapy for young adults, college students, and all other adults. I treat a wide range of mental health conditions and needs, and I work with clients from all backgrounds.
I enjoy building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients. I use a variety of therapeutic interventions depending on the client’s needs. I also utilize Evidence Based Practices as well as therapeutic play to work with children and adolescents that have experienced trauma.
Gigi Ritchey, MA, LCMHC, LCASA
Raleigh, NC
“I am not here to judge. My purpose is to inspire and assist in empowering others to believe in themselves from the inside out. I am available to provide guidance and support.” -Gigi
I specialize in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, communication skills, parenting, multi-generational and blended family issues. I also offer Christian based counseling for those who desire an integrative approach. I am presently seeking a doctorate in Community Care and Counseling with a focus on Trauma.
You are the expert of yourself. Come share with me your hurts, goals and desires to be a healthier and better you.
Jennifer Lynn Hambright
Mebane, NC
Everyone has needs, if we didn’t we would not be human. Your individuality is what makes you who you are. Are you lost, unsure, anxious, nervous, sad, down, unmotivated, pissed off, angry, having your emotions going every which way, racing thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks, ect. What is your goal and how are you going to reach it? Let’s work together from the Shadows to your Life.
With my help, together we can learn skills and coping techniques to help you. Let’s discover what is increasing (triggering) your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Together, you will gain control of your life, improve your choices, and have positive consequences. I utilize many different evidenced based approaches within my practice.
I will meet my clients where they are. I am down to earth, non-judgmental, blunt at time, caring, understanding, and work hard to ensure my clients are comfortable and at ease. It is not about me, it is about you. I am told that I am easy to talk to, welcoming, and “normal” I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your life walk.
Yelverton’s Enrichment Services, Inc
Vickie Yelverton
Raleigh, NC
Yelverton’s Enrichment Services, Inc. provides Bilingual Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment, Psychiatric Medication Management, Telepsychiatry, Intensive In-Home Services, Child & Adolescent Day Treatment, Child & Adolescent Level III-Residential Treatment Facilities, Community Support Team Services for Adults, CAP I/DD Services and Private Duty Nursing.
Founded in 2006, YES emerged as a culturally competent and innovative human health care provider of treatment and rehabilitative services for At-risk Children, Adolescents and/or Adults with Mental Health, I/DD, Substance Use and/or Physical Health disabilities.
We believe a healthy therapeutic & professional relationship requires working together with the Consumers we serve, their Families, and the Community. – Vickie Yelverton