Helping you be the parent you always wanted to be

August 04 2014

TAKING an alternative approach to parenting, Hannya Melrose has set up a course which teaches parents ways to connect with their child, based on the latest findings about brain development.

TAKING an alternative approach to parenting, Hannya Melrose has set up a course which teaches parents ways to connect with their child, based on the latest findings about brain development.
The course is inspired by the book, 'The Whole-Brain Child' - written by neuroscientist Dan Siegel and psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson - which explains the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures.
Through understanding how the brain develops at different times, parents can help their child to thrive emotionally, intellectually and socially.
Hannya, a body-oriented psychotherapist and parent-child therapist, said: "I decided to start running this course last year after attending a training day which Dan Siegel was presenting. I came away inspired and wanting to learn more.
"I am using the book and accompanying DVD as the basis for the course. I am also bringing in simple mindfulness practices into my workshops, as this is such a wonderful resource for parents to know about and use in daily family life."
Hannya originally trained as a Steiner kindergarten teacher, and more recently in mainstream early years work.
She has also trained as a craniosacral therapist and a doula - a woman who gives support, help and advice to other women during and after pregnancy and birth.
Through her experiences and training, Hannya wanted to work more deeply with parents, supporting them to be the parents they want to be.
Hannya said: "I am expecting the day will appeal mostly to parents, would-be parents, caregivers and professionals working with children, but this material is relevant for everyone - we have all been parented and carry hurts from our past.
"The workshop provides an opportunity to understand how we have been shaped and what we can do to change old beliefs and patterns of behaviour that are no longer useful.
"Re-parenting oneself is empowering and is immensely helpful when bringing up or working with children. The great news is that the brain is changeable and can be re-wired in healthy ways, no matter how old we are."

Hannya