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Discover how a better parent-child relationship sets your child up for success.

"Sometimes when I want to take on the world, I try to remember that it's just as important to sit down and ask my son how he's feeling or talk to him about life." -ANGELINA JOLIE
 
"Mommy. It's just one thing you don't want to mess up." -JENNIFER LOPEZ
 
Deborah Woods is the mastermind behind Magnetic Moms. Her passion for helping moms and kids enjoy life together comes out in everything she does. Deborah is fiercely committed to empowering moms and kids to build the foundation for a lifetime of happy, harmonious times together.
 
If you're looking for a proven professional who can guide you to tackle childhood challenges, cares, or concerns that stand in the way of your child's happy childhood, you've come to the right place. With more than 30 years of experience working with real parents with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve delightful results, my mission and commitment is to equip parents and kids to flourish.
 
My path became clear at an early age. Facing overwhelming struggles both in my own childhood and as a mom, I was determined to find real answers that worked for my family and for my clients.
 
And then I realized. I was born for this work. I longed for connection with my mother from the first moment her schizophrenia took her from me. Her love and devotion was magnetic and when I lost it, I devoted my life to creating loving connections in the world around me. I discovered that connection, not discipline, was the key to flourishing families. Despite all the challenges we faced as a family, the loving connection my son, my husband, and I now share, stands as a shining example of what's possible.
 
Clients say remarkable things about the impact my work has on their kids and families. Here are some of the things my clients have said:
 
“Words cannot express the gratitude my wife and I have for Deborah!” Brad, St. Charles, MO
 
“Deborah has not only helped me feel more equipped to respect my girls’ feelings while setting appropriate limits for their behaviors, but she has also empowered me to respect my OWN feelings and set appropriate boundaries for myself.  I wish I had had these skills 15 years ago, when my kids were little and parenting was so much more challenging.  It is a crying shame that I lived for so long feeling like a bad mom, but I feel incredibly grateful to have these skills now and it is an absolute privilege to recommend Deborah to others.” Virginia, St. Louis, MO
 
“Deborah’s gentle care and support were indispensable through a time that would have otherwise been traumatic.” Jamie, St. Charles, MO
 
“Deborah has been instrumental in helping our daughter recover from a very difficult time in her life.  I would recommend her services to anyone seeking a compassionate listener that can assist children in the most difficult situations life can present.” Tony, St. Louis, MO

"You’re never prepared for situations that bring you to therapy. I felt like I should have known how to properly help her through that situation. I didn’t understand a lot of stuff until I got the training. We both needed this play therapy." Rachel, St. Louis, MO

 
Similar benefits await when you invite me to serve you and your child.
 
What lights me up about this work is knowing that the things my family struggled with has prepared me to help so many other moms, dads, grandparents, and kids avoid the years of pain and frustration we suffered.
 
What sets me apart from other professionals is that my passion is the result of years of tears, tantrums, research and study. I've overcome huge challenges and achieved inspiring results for myself, my family and my clients. It’s deeply personal. I had to prove for myself that the evidence behind the strategies would get the results they promised. I combined strong credentials and professional training, with experience and determination to get lasting changes. I discovered deep respect for the parents and kids who have been my teachers and companions on the journey.
 
You can feel confident engaging me to help you and your family achieve the family closeness and joy you’re longing to have. Over the years, my expertise has been honored with notable distinctions, including a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling, a National Counselor Board-Certification and State of Missouri License in Professional Counseling.
 
Five things about me and my experience that might surprise and delight you – while serving our work together:
  • I've successfully raised a HARD to PARENT child who has become a brilliant man I am proud to call MY SON!
  • I’ve worked with hundreds of kids and spent more than 15,000 hours playing with kids in my own unique brand of play therapy.
  • I've completed more than 100 hours of training in play therapy including an intensive 2 year training program and supervision in child-centered play therapy.
  • I'm deeply devoted to helping kids have happy childhoods because I didn’t. I know how to heal from childhood trauma because I have not only healed but have gone on to live a wonderful and flourishing adult life.
  • I've created a unique program for parents that reveals step by step the methods used by professional child centered play therapists. In the comfort of their own homes, parents are equipped to create life-changing, relationship-building experiences with their children in just 30 minutes a week.
Your child matters and so do you. Let’s hop on a call to continue the conversation. Call me at 636-795-3155 to schedule your free get acquainted conversation TODAY.