Making Sense of Kids through Developmental Science  
Due to COVID all services will be provided through secure online platforms for both counselling appointments as well as presentations. If you want to make an appointment please contact us through our CONTACT page.

Dr. Deborah MacNamara provides counselling and educational services to parents and professionals based on the relational-developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and presents on all of the Neufeld material. She is the author of the best selling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), and her new children’s picture book, The Sorry Plane.

Deborah is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor with over 20 years experience in educational and mental health settings. She is passionate in taking developmental science and making it applicable to everyday life in the home and classroom.  The underlying purpose of all services is to put adults in the driver’s seat by making sense of kids from the inside out. From everyday questions to complex problems, strategies for making headway with a child or teen is grounded in a rich developmental framework.

Counselling Services

Counselling services are for adults who want to make sense of a child or youth. Counselling Services»


Presentation for parent groups, educators, child care providers, and health professionals. Presentations »


Articles about children and youth based on developmental psychology, attachment and neuroscience. Articles »
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