Meet Deborah MacNamara, PhD
Counsellor, Scientist, Storyteller.
Teacher. Guide. Mother.
Something special happens in the space when developmental science meets the practical, everyday life...
Dynamics shift within families and communities; relationships transform between children and parents; children and teens grow up to realize their full human potential and parents reach their full human potential as caretakers.
There is nothing like the immature ways of kids to test the maturity level in their caretakers. (Rest, Play, Grow)
HOW CAN WE HELP
From topics on human development, parenthood, and education, courses are available in-person or online.
Counselling is available to support parents and teens in their journey to parenthood/adulthood, and headway on challenging issues.
Deborah's books, articles, infographics, and newsletter share relevant developmental and relational science.
Deborah translates developmental science for use in the home, school, to clinical settings, for parents, professionals, and educators.
As a trusted and experienced clinical counsellor for over 25 years in mental health and educational settings as well as private practice, Deborah serves as a leading international expert who provides counselling and educational services to support parents, professionals, and educators. She is also a professional speaker who has presented to the United Nations and The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
Deborah specializes in the relational-developmental approach based on the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, empowering parents to become the expert on their children with everyday questions and practical strategies. She came to this work as a new mother herself, curious and confident that his approach could shift not only her children’s futures forever, but also her professional approach to supporting and helping others. Today, she serves on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute.
Deborah is the author of the best selling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one) which has been translated into 14 languages and the children’s picture book, The Sorry Plane, which is available in three languages. Her new book Nourished: Connection, Food, and Caring for our Kids (and everyone else we love), will be released September 19, 2023.