About Carol Passmore

Welcome to The Joyful Parent! I am so excited that you are here. My name is Carol Passmore and I am passionate about helping parents and professionals who work with children to understand how children communicate to us through their behaviors.

I have worked in the mental health field in schools and private practice as a psychotherapist for over 25 years and am a parent to two young men.

I love to help and guide parents to see children through a different lens than the typical model of mental health diagnosis and treatment but through a holistic and spiritual model to bring about the unique child to their true potential.

About Carol Passmore & The Joyful Parent

For over 25 years I have been working in non profit organizations, schools and private practice specializing in children who have experienced trauma and challenging circumstances such as divorce, death of a loved one, birth trauma as other adverse childhood experiences.

It is my passion to help parents to reframe difficult behaviors and challenges in order to bring joy and peace into their family life.

I created this community for parents who have felt challenged, frustrated, and even burdened by their parenting experience. The deep connection they once felt for their children is missing and they want to learn to reconnect, feel joyful, and embrace their children again.

I am an adoptive parent of two who has ridden this journey of joy and challenge. I was repeatedly steered towards a mental health model that I did not feel represented the pain and grief that my children experienced from the separation at birth from their first mother.

I have learned through a lot of my own research, learning, and experience that trauma can significantly affect the development of a child and that traditional methods such as labeling and medication were only a bandaid to the unconscious wound.

Through a lot of struggle and deep reflective work, I feel that I can spare others from the very challenging circumstances that my family experienced. I wholeheartedly believe in a holistic spiritual approach with an emphasis on really connecting to ourselves first so we can guide the healing process of our families.