Emily Finds Time

Dr. Brasted with Patient

Dear Friends,

Behavioral health care is a hallmark of HopeCentral’s pediatric primary practice. The interventions developed by our Behavioral Health Director, Dr. T.K. Brasted and his team address a wide variety of issues from sleep, and eating, to depression and anxiety. Sometimes these interventions are just what is needed to smooth out a rough patch. However sometimes, like in Emily’s story below, these interventions can spark major life change.

“I don’t have time for this!” This has been Emily’s mantra as a mom for many years. The mother of several children who have been in and out of the foster care system, Emily’s days are often filled with appointments mandated by Child Protective Services (CPS).

Emily is a participant in the “Parenting Through Tough Times” course developed by HopeCentral’s Behavioral Health Director, Dr. T.K. Brasted. While much of her experience as a mom has been harried, recently, Emily experienced a breakthrough that she was excited to share with her classmates:

Emily’s was out shopping when her five-year-old Jenna saw something she wanted to buy. Emily explained that Jenna had already spent her allowance money but she could return to the store when she had more funds. Jenna immediately flew into an enormous tantrum, and Emily’s first thought was “I don’t have time for this!” However, this time, new habits from her parenting class kicked in.

Emily paused to consider her own feelings and realized that today she actually did have time for this. Noting her daughter’s disproportionate reaction, she said, “You seem so very upset even though I told you that we could come back next week for this toy. I’m wondering what’s causing you to feel so upset.”

“I don’t know if there will be a next time,” Jenna tearfully explained.

In their past life together, Jenna had been abruptly and unexpectedly removed from mom by Child Protective Services, and she was terrified that it would happen again. Emily’s new skills enabled her to step into Jenna’s shoes, comfort her, and create a meaningful connection with her daughter.

We are privileged to serve families like Jenna and Emily. But we need your help. This year our goal is to raise $170,000 from supporters like you. Coming up on Tuesday, May 3rd is an excellent opportunity to give via the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG online giving event. Gifts directed to HopeCentral* during GiveBIG will be stretched by a match pool – last year’s match was over 8%!

Please stay tuned for more information about giving to HopeCentral on May 3rd, and thank you for your continued support of HopeCentral. We are grateful for your partnership and prayers!

Dave Kwok, Executive Director

Dave Kwok