We are Anne Slater and Danielle Batchelor, lifelong friends who were in school together from preschool through 12th grade. We call ourselves “sister-friends”, as our friendship has grown through adventures, moves, weddings, professional shifts, and of course----motherhood----for over 40 years. This project grew out of our individual work as a social worker/therapist (Anne) and a coach/educator (Danielle), and is fueled by our personal experiences of being moms...and the two sides of a coin that are inherently part of motherhood. We are each raising two children, two currently in the elementary school years and two in the teenage/high school years. We saw a need for this type of space so we created it. We hope you will join us!
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I am Anne Slater, a social worker, therapist, and group facilitator. I love that I get to collaborate with people to build relationships that are equitable and provide the sense of belonging all humans need. I received my master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and completed four years of training in couple and family therapy at The Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, one of the premier institutions for family therapy in the United States. My experience ranges from working with adjudicated youth in Brooklyn’s under-served communities to directing clinical services for nonprofits to starting my own therapy practice, first in Brooklyn and now in Houston. Prior to finding my life’s work as a therapist, I worked in public relations and publishing. And in addition to my therapist self I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend.
I am Danielle Batchelor, a mind, brain, and education (MBE) researcher, educator, and coach. I serve on the faculty for The Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health and Education, a course taught at the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education. I also created an online space designed to deliver resources and services that support mental health and social emotional well-being (found at www.neuroflourish.com). I hold a master’s degree from Harvard, a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and am a Certified Health and Well-being Coach with a focus in Lifestyle Medicine. I have two teenage boys and live in Houston, Texas with my partner (and high-school sweetheart). I am Co-Director of the Alumni Admission Council (Houston area) for Northwestern University and serve as the Chair of the College Readiness Committee for the Carnegie Vanguard High School PTO. I am also a member of the development committee for The Jung Center Houston and am also certified to register voters in Texas!
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