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Maya Coleman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Certified Hand in Hand Instructor Maya Coleman bio shotMaya Coleman is a Certified Hand in Hand Instructor. Here is what she says:

“As a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC, I work with families of children who have had challenging early experiences including pre-term birth, perinatal complications, early illness and medical treatment, developmental challenges, and attachment disruptions. I enjoy working with families formed in a variety of ways including through adoption, foster care, and kinship care. I also have a background in Special Education and Learning Disabilities and enjoy supporting parents as they navigate accessing early intervention resources for their children.

“Before starting in private practice, I spent many years providing neurodevelopmental evaluations for young children, while my clinical training was heavily focused on trauma treatment. I think the Parenting by Connection approach, and the kinds of support available from Hand in Hand as an organization, are especially rich resources for families who are helping children heal from early trauma or who are parenting children with any type of developmental challenges. My connections with people involved with Hand-in-Hand, and the specific Parenting-by-Connection approach, have made a profound difference to me in both my professional and my personal life.

“I live in Washington, DC with my partner, 7-year-old daughter, and our 3 dogs. We are a multiracial adoptive family. My parenting has been informed by the Parenting by Connection philosophy from the beginning, although I really began using the tools intensively and participating in some of the more structured Hand in Hand groups when my daughter was 5. What a difference it makes to take this kind of approach with support from other parents! My daughter has also dived in wholeheartedly and takes full advantage of Special Time in particular. I have really appreciated the support as I try to keep up with her adventures and experiments.

“I participated in Hand in Hand’s Professional’s Intensive in 2012 and then immediately signed up for the Instructor Certification Training. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like to talk more about either program, or if you might be interested in participating in a study group or a class with me. I have especially enjoyed leading groups for adoptive parents and for parents of infants, and would be interested in setting up a group for parents of children with developmental challenges if there is interest. I can be reached by phone at (202) 413-6853 or by e-mail. You can also visit my website.”