Our story

Sarah Fisher Coaching

& Connective Parenting NVR

Supporting my son, as an adoptive mum, through some challenging times, I learnt about nonviolent resistance (NVR). I adapted it to develop a more holistic approach and so the Connective Parenting NVR story began.

Over the last 7 years we have grown. We now share the approach with families from across the UK and beyond. We also train other professionals working with families in the approach

Sarah Fisher

Our mission

We’re on a mission to create strong, happy connective family relationships by supporting and training parents, carers and professionals. Whether it’s helping families who are struggling to connect, or families who are experiencing very challenging behaviours, we’re here to help.

We do this by:

  • supporting and empowering parents and carers to help them create a calmer, happier home
  • training other professionals in our approach so that more families can create a calmer, happier home.

 

Sarah P Fisher
  • Experienced NVR UK accredited Practitioner and Educator
  • Trained Hypnotherapist
  • MSc in Educational Leadership
  • 12 years working in schools
  • Lover of diet coke and chocolate 😀
Sarah Fisher

Sarah’s story

I’m a single adoptive mum, passionate about helping other families experiencing difficulties.

I adopted a gorgeous little boy and together we’ve been on a journey of discovery. It hasn’t been an easy road, more a roller coaster, but I’m so glad I chose to adopt and I wouldn’t turn the clock back for anything.

During my journey, I’ve learnt to support my son with his anxiety and have stopped some of his unacceptable behaviours. These behaviours weren’t because he is a naughty or horrible
child (because he’s not). He was very distressed due to past trauma and anxious and just didn’t know how to show his emotions.

Through the use of non-violent resistance (NVR), we have changed our family around. My son is now more confident and understands how to appropriately express his emotions. We’ve come through many challenges and, no doubt, there are more to come! But I remain passionate about helping other families do the same.

Meet the experts

Introducing our very own team of specialists, all experts in their own field and with lived experience too – parenting, therapy, special educational needs and disability (SEND), non-violent resistance (NVR) and occupational therapy.

Nicky Edwards Child & Adolescent Therapist and Mental Health Trainer
Nicola Edwards

Child & Adolescent Therapist and Mental Health Trainer

I’m a children and adolescent therapist, and work with my therapy dog, Brian. We write the therapeutic book collection, The Adventures of Brian, supporting children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears. I also run Dandelion Training and Development, providing online mental health training for parents and professionals on a wide range of mental health issues.

I was previously an early years’ professional and teacher, having committed over 20 years of my career to working with children and young people.

I’m currently studying for a Masters in Neuroscience and Psychology of Mental Health.

Sandra Summers NVR Practitioner
Sandra Summers

NVR Practitioner

All my professional life has been focused around supporting people to achieve positive changes in their lives.

My career spans over 20 years and for the last 15 my focus has been on supporting parents, including Kinship Carers, Foster Carers and Adoptive parents. During this time my interest grew in attachment and trauma based approaches, which is what attracted me to NVR.

When I stumbled upon NVR, I realised that many of the concepts I already implemented with my own children, so having the opportunity to help others in NVR just came naturally. As a parent of two young children, both my husband and I have identified some of the triggers that quickly escalate situations in our home. Our eldest struggles with anxiety and separation, so outbursts were common during periods of transition or disruption.

Like so many families we felt the emotional impact of COVID and it took a long time to get back to where we were. What I have loved about NVR is the focus on connection and being present for my children. These simple concepts help us to focus on what we need to be doing as parents and accept at times it’s not always possible to get it right. My career began in Social Work, specialising in the Fostering and Adoption Team. Since leaving Social Work I have focused on expanding my knowledge and understanding of NVR and assist Sarah in delivering her training and supporting families to implement this at home. I enjoy delivering group work and like to share my own experiences of parenting and of supporting others as they overcome a range of issues. Parenting brings with it many challenges and many more rewards. I hope I can help you move past these ‘wobbles’ and see positive achievements in your home.

I really enjoy helping others see past the behaviours and start to approach things differently

Shelley Mason NVR Practitioner and Specialist Education Advisor & Trainer in SEND and Developmental Trauma
Shelley Mason

NVR Practitioner and Specialist Education Advisor & Trainer in SEND and Developmental Trauma

I am an adoptive parent of 2 children which has taken me on a journey into a wonderful loving family. My children came to me at different points in their lives, one at 3 years and one at 10 months, both having had very different lives to that point. It has been a journey of challenges and unravelling into an unexpected world of additional needs and relational trauma. I have worked in special needs education for over 23 years and trained staff in schools and colleges in developmental trauma and attachment needs in the last 5 years.

My focus on complex needs with a therapeutic view to support and learning in education has allowed me to coach and mentor many staff along the way. Alongside this, being able to mentor parents for Adoption UK with their children’s educational challenges has been most rewarding and allowed me to help schools and colleges to understand the effects of early life trauma on our children. My NVR focus allows me to bring all my personal and work experiences together to coach others on their journey. NVR has provided me with such understanding into how I parent, particularly to cope with the special educational needs of my children. By extend this and providing ourselves and our children’s schools and colleges with an understand of NVR then together we can enable our children to have the feelings of safety and nurture that they need throughout their lives.

Portrait of Ali-Neal-Bio Specialist Occupational Therapist
Alison Neal

Specialist Occupational Therapist

I am the founder of Midlands Occupational Therapy and provide specialist occupational therapy services for children and young adults with a range of difficulties.

I’m also an advanced practitioner in sensory integration therapy; with several years experience of lecturing and mentoring other therapists and have had a book published on sensory movement breaks.

I work with families and children at home and in a variety of special schools to find solutions to everyday problems that actually work and can be implemented at home or school.

I can also offer assessments for EHC plans and tribunals where necessary

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