Welcome to Mindful Little Minds Psychology. This is a space for dedicated, passionate parents who want to give their children what they themselves never received as children – parents who truly see, understand, and accept them, just as they are.
My name is Sarah and I’m the founder of Mindful Little Minds, a mama of four, and a child psychologist with 15 years of experience working with kids and their families.
And my mission is to help you move away from the use of shame, blame and punishment and towards mindful, intentional parenting that nurtures your child’s emotional intelligence: so we can raise a generation of emotionally healthy children, who don’t need to heal from their childhoods.
I do this by providing you with tools, resources and support that will help you learn to manage your own emotions and to teach your kids how to manage theirs. Yes, even if no one ever modelled these skills for you as a child!
Why Mindful Little Minds?
During my time as a mental health therapist, I saw hundreds of children and adolescents with debilitating mental health problems, and I noticed a pattern. While these young people had parents who loved them immeasurably, those parents had struggled to meet their child’s emotional needs in the early years of their life – often due to their own stressors, challenges or traumas.
And without support to manage these stressors and heal their own traumas, these unhelpful patterns of thinking and coping continued to be passed down from generation to generation. Not because these parents didn’t love their children. Not because they were not trying their best – but because no one had shown them how to do things differently. Because no one had truly met their emotional needs – to feel seen, heard and understood. And as a result, they lacked the nervous system safety that comes from feeling deeply connected to someone else and safe to be their authentic self.
That’s where I come in…
I knew I wanted to do more for these families, and sooner. Because I knew just how important early life experiences and relationships were to the future emotional health of these young people. And so I drew upon my years of clinical experience and my understanding of brain science to create The Mindful Parenting Framework and The Mindful Parenting Pathway. The framework brings together theories of neuroscience, attachment and relational neurobiology to help you understand your child’s behaviour and why it’s happening. And the Pathway is my unique methodology that translates the science and research into a step by step system and practical tools that allow you to finally break the generational cycles that keep you stuck in stress and reactivity, and feeling disconnected from your child.
Here’s how I can help:
Mindful Little Minds is all about helping you learn to manage emotions together with your child. By giving you a new lens, helping you achieve true self regulation, and moving you along the Mindful Parenting Pathway until you arrive at a place where you are responding rather than reacting to your child, and being the empathetic, compassionate role model you’ve always wanted to be.
Whether you choose a printable resource, a workshop or a course, or a 1:1 session with me, our goal when we work together is always the same: Break generational cycles. Give your child the kind of childhood you always wanted yourself. Create a relationship where your child feels safe to come to you with anything – big or small. Build a home that feels harmonious, peaceful and safe – a home your kids want to come back to even when they’re fully grown. Give your kids the tools and skills you never had as a child but desperately wish you’d been taught.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 15 years of working with vulnerable families, it’s that it’s never too late to change.
You can learn to be the calm, empathetic parent you’ve always wanted to be. You can have a peaceful, connected home free from yelling, threats and punishments. You can give your child the unconditional love and acceptance you craved yourself as a child. And together, we can raise a generation of kind, compassionate, and emotionally healthy kids. Humans who change the world.
Ready to learn how to regulate your emotions so you can break the generational cycle and be the parent you always wanted to be for your child?
Sarah Conway is a child and adolescent psychologist who has been working with children and their families for 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Clinical Psychology and prior to starting Mindful Little Minds she spent 14 years working as a therapist on a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team within the public health system in NSW, Australia.
She works primarily from an attachment focused perspective integrating elements from her training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.
But as a self confessed “brain nerd”, her true love and passion lies in the field of interpersonal neurobiology – the way our brains change and grow in relationship with others. She is inspired by and draws upon the work of powerhouses in the field, such as Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Dan Siegel, Mona DeLa Hooke and Stuart Shanker. She excels at translating complex brain science into language and practical tools that are easy to understand and accessible for children and their families. She believes strongly in the power of empathy, compassion and connection to others as powerful instigators of social change.