Child Sessions

Birth Trauma and Behavior Change for Children

Your family members don’t have to suffer with Pain, Anxiety, or Depression

Is your childs behavior frustrating you?

Is your child hyper sensitive, or have Sensory Processing Disorder? Are you worried your child has Reactive Attachment Behavior(RAD)?


Did your child have birth trauma or post-birth trauma? Was your child conceived with artificial reproductive technology methods (ART)?


Does your child have sensory processing issues; difficulty tolerating sounds, smells, and textures of food or clothing


It is surprising how the earliest of events can pattern behavior. This happens through the survival part of the brain, which is awake during prenatal time. The good news is we can work with early experience. Our therapists know how at The Brook Institute. We can help you.



Children's struggles can be exhausting and can relate to Sensory Processing Disorder or Trauma


Our therapists know what they are treating. They are trained in effective body-based methods.

  • Do you feel controlled by your child?
  • Are you exhausted trying to get it right?
  • Is your child hypersensitive?
  • Does your child struggle with sensory-processing issues
  • Are they on the Asperger’s or Autism Spectrum?
  • No matter what you do, does your child complain, act out, or have melt-downs?
  • Are you pulled into emotional drama or power struggles with your child?
  • Is your relationship with your spouse suffering?


Power Struggle Behaviors

Children with birth trauma or conception trauma are often hyper sensitive and engage in power struggles. They pull you into the “Power Fear Triangle.” The key is understanding the origins of this power struggle, helping them to regulate sensations, and getting off the power fear triangle.


We go from Victim to Persecutor to Rescuer and it goes round and round. This stable emotional drama will not give up. Learn the skills to disengage and reframe emotions in order to “get off the triangle!”


Power struggles are exhausting

I am confident you are a good enough parent. But, children with birth trauma or conception trauma can engage in constant power triangles with themselves and with you. They can refuse to enjoy life, be controlling, anxious, hyper-sensitive, or exhausting to be around. Their experience of birth was loaded with danger and they don’t “know” it. Nothing soothes that sense of danger without professional intervention. When their stress increases, these children act out.

Does your child…

  • Push you away
  • Try to control you or others
  • Have unusual demands or sensitivities
  • Ignore your limits
  • Need your attention all the time


What’s really going on in Difficult Child Behavior?


The Hidden Story Behind Difficult Behavior is often the story of Birth Trauma


Children with Birth Trauma fear no one will protect them, or hear them, just like at their birth



Birth Trauma influences Behavior

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Children create power struggles in an attempt to be more powerful than what they fear, or to repeat their birth story. Children with Birth Trauma fear no one will protect them or listen to them, just like at their birth. If your child was taken away from your protective arms, induced, conceived in-vitro, born c-section, rescued by suction, or experienced pain medications given to mother at birth, they will have an internalized fear and reactive behavior. They will act out this story in play and social settings.

They are testing you to see if you are strong enough to help them, but it is a test that never ends.

Children re-create this power struggle until you can help them release the fear and shock held in their primitive brain or cellular memory. Birth and stressful conception experiences imprint an infant’s cells and brain. Infants remember and carry this fear into childhood until it is addressed.


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Children are trying to tell their story, do you know how to listen?


A child can engage in “sneaky power.” This manipulative and secretive need for power looks like “bad behavior” which brings negative attention from parents. This creates the power fear triangle, and reinforces negative identity beliefs established at birth. Beliefs such as “I’m unsafe, unloveable, or need to control others in order to be safe” appear in children with birth or post-birth trauma.


We Can Help Children and Their Parents

As a parent, here are four things you can do to get off the power fear triangle:

  1. When upset, stop in your tracks and breathe
  2. Know that their behavior is a test and don’t take it personally
  3. Slow down your thought process and re-orient to your own body, thoughts, and immediate surroundings
  4. Learn to identify and get off the “Power Fear Triangle” in a controlled supportive environment


Getting off the Power Fear Triangle

In our practice we’ve rescued families and had success in reducing drama, getting to the roots of distress, and changing behavior. Our treatment methods include:

  1. Identify the destructive beliefs
  2. Bring your child’s deep-seated fears to the surface: “ I am unloveable, unsafe, you will leave me, I must protect myself, and control others”
  3. Help your child’s brain regulate sensation and respond normally
  4. Help your child feel safe and powerful in their body
  5. Find the strengths hidden within difficult behaviors
  6. Identify sneaky fear-based power and turn it into useful power
  7. Acknowledge your child’s emotions and link those emotions to their early fear and need for protection.

We do this protocol in a structured environment that develops the special skills you need as the parent of an adopted child.


Commitment of 10 months, 3/sessions/month plus progress evaluations (45 hours)

  • At least one parent must attend every session
  • One hour skype or phone progress evaluation (every 2 months)
  • One hour group call (x3) for Q and A for adoptive parents
  • Parents must send simple email progress notes between sessions
  • Attend at least 3 warm water pool sessions
  • Parents must be open to feedback and support
  • Parents must read educational materials provided around shock and trauma

We treat the “earliest memory” which includes difficult birth imprints.


We look for cycles of behavior related to these first impressions as well as behaviors driven by traumatic events, loss, divorce, relocations and extended family pressures.

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Sessions for Adults

Depression and Anxiety, Anger, Hidden Fears, Shame, Procrastination, PTSD and Birth Trauma

Sessions for Kids

Difficult Child Behavior, Sensory-Motor Issues, Birth Trauma, Attachment Problems

Sessions for Adoptive Parents

Learn how to break the Frustration Despair Cycle.

Sessions for Couples

You can rescue your relationship with: Conflict resolution, Stress Reduction, Intimacy Skills

The first step in getting relief is contacting

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Work is personally tailored, safe and effective. Unlike Hakomi, SME, EMDR and biodynamic cranial work, The Brook Institute brings a unique movement re-patterning aspect to treatment. Clients learn to perceive anew, and to heal from the

inside out!



Books, ebooks, audio, DVD, online courses, and individual online session support

  • Books

    We offer variety of resource books for parents, therapists and educators. 

  • DVD'S

    Learn by watching. DVD's are an excellent way to learn movement patterns and train your brain. For parents, movement educators, and adults.

  • Online 1:1 Sessions

    We offer online one on one client sessions for those that cant make it into our Boulder office. 

  • Online Courses

    Our 9 Modulle Online Program integrates Somatic Attachment and Birth's Hidden Legacy. For Manual Therapists, OT’s, PT’s, and Psychotherapists.

“We have been working with Annie for about 4 months now. I have 2 adopted girls from China, who both carry some deep seated issues from their earliest of days. Some of the issues are abandonment, rejection, traumatic birth and neglect. The manifestation of these issues is not necessarily looked at by Western medicine. They are often just noted as behavioral issues or general learning disabilities.


We moved to Boulder almost 7 years ago and my husband and I both grew up with the practice of Western Medicine and a bit of support from Psychologists. Here in Boulder there are many choices for alternative, touchy feely, out there options. I have to say I was a skeptic. We have tried The Sensory Learning Program, but it did not work for us. We have tried psychologists but it was not right for our kid. Hearing about Annie’s work, again I had my doubts. But parents will try what they can for their kids.


I am not really sure how Annie does it, but she looks at the whole person, the body, their behaviors, and spirit. Taking all into consideration, she is able to get to the cause of their pain.


Through reflex work, story and play, Annie connects with the girls and works with us to heal their hurt. She is very intuitive and her soft gentle energy has helped us all connect. It makes sense to me now and it is working. We still have a long way to go, but there are signs of healing.”


Mother of two adoptive daughters

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