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This is a test. It is only a test.

Being a mother isn't easy.

Maybe you know this story,

of a mom who was struggling.


She was caring. Generous. Wanting to do right by her kids.


But no matter how hard she tried to reach them,

To get them to listen and make good choices,

To have a close and loving relationship,

Nothing seemed to work.


It was wearing on her.

She was tired of the arguments,

And tired of watching her child struggle.


She was at her wits end.

She didn't know what else to do.

She desperately wanted to be a good mom.


She was starting to secretly hate being a mom,

And feeling guilty for even thinking it...


Because, though she loves her kids, she’s overwhelmed.

It isn't easy.


Telling someone how hard it is for you can be especially difficult,

But it doesn't have to be that way.


Struggling doesn't make a mom a bad mom...

It makes her a caring mom.

She goes on bravely, day after day, looking for answers.


I know, because I was that mom.

Until I discovered that it’s possible to take the struggle out of being a mom.


Hi. I'm Deborah Woods, National Board-Certified Counselor.


I've been licensed as a professional counselor in Missouri since 1988. In the last 3 decades, I've helped hundreds of parents and kids. I've spent more than 15,000 hours talking and playing with kids and teens.


I struggled with being a mom raising a special needs child. Today, he's all grown up and you'd never guess he had special needs as a child. I couldn't be more proud of him.


Do you want to take the struggle out of being a mom too? 


Then you've come to the right place. Let's talk about filling your home with more joyful days and peaceful nights.

Explore the rest of my website and discover more. Get the free resources I've put together to help moms.


You can be the mom you were always meant to be. 


Come discover the possibilities. Let's do this together.

You can have the respectful, happy kids you've always dreamed of having.


On my Resource page you'll find previews of my books on Amazon. Courageous Gratitude: Celebrate Your Journey through Motherhood, and Brave Empathy: A Feelings Field Guide.


I always say, "You can't tell how great you've done as a mom until your kids are at least 35." I've been there. I've discovered there's hope. You can raise capable, confident, and happy kids. Because I did it, you can too. Check out my story on the MEET DEBORAH page or read more about Evidence-Based HELP FOR KIDS.


Maybe you're ready now to give me a call and schedule a time to meet with me in person to chat about your concerns. There's no charge to come in and get acquainted. Reach out to me at 636-795-3155 to arrange a time for us to talk more.

I look forward to exploring how we can make being a mom easier and more fun for you.