Ann has been working with children and families in the Asheville community for the past 10 years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with an MSW in 2009 and currently has her LCSWA. Ann has previously worked as a play therapist with young children with Family Preservation Services, led a team working to implement Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s DIR approach, and recently left DSS after seven years working as an Investigative Assessment Worker, where she received many trainings on and experience with substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. Ann has a knowledge and passion for children’s early years and how attachment, parenting skills, and trauma impact children for their entire lives and perpetuate the cycle of pain, suffering, and even abuse and neglect. After working with DSS for the past seven years, she is excited to join the FIRST team and work from a place of prevention and healing families. Ann gathers her approach from Brene Brown, Angela Lansbury of the REI model, and her training on trauma and resiliency, and is eager to provide parents with the tools that allow them to self-regulate and connect with their children more effectively. Ann’s compassionate, non-judgmental and calm approach to working with families has been known to disarm the most frazzled and fearful among us. She is empathetic and optimistic about change in even the most challenging of circumstances. Ann has two small children herself (a 19 month old son and a four year old daughter), and is daily experiencing the many challenges and joys of parenting small children. When not working, Ann can be found making Pom Pom earrings that she sells in several stores in town.
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