SESSION 4: Olivia Martinez Hauge MFTA, OTR | When Parents Feel Like They’re Not Doing Enough
Olivia speaks to the silent grief and isolation that parents often feel, especially when we just learn about our child’s diagnosis for the first time. Combining her experience as an OT with her Family Therapy practice, and her own journey as a 2e mom, Olivia understands the emotional bandwidth that it takes to parent a bright and quirky child. Olivia offers her unique approach to parental self-care and the importance of prioritizing our own needs as parents. In following her self-care model, parents model ways to recharge, become more present, happier, and connected. Olivia addresses the constant guilt and fear of “I am not doing enough for my child”, and teaches us how to combat these disruptive and unhelpful thoughts, and to concentrate on what matters most – our connection with our kids.
Olivia Martinez-Hauge, MA, is a marriage and family therapist associate who, for the past eighteen years, has worked within the private sector and public school systems as a pediatric occupational therapist. She works with Tina Payne Bryson at the Center for Connection in Pasadena, California. Occupational therapy is a helping profession, which she chose in order to help children with special needs attain or regain function and achieve their true potential. In 2007, she gave birth to a daughter with significant special needs. The stories of these families became her reality. As she traveled through this unpredictable journey she experienced the ebb and flow of feelings, thoughts, and emotions associated with parental expectations.
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