Kate Naylor is a seventh generation Texan and has been in Austin since 2008. She and her husband live on 3 acres southwest of the city with their fearless toddler and two dogs. Kate is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and these days can be found teaching and supporting those on the ‘frontlines’ of raising and caring for babies and children - with an emphasis on childhood development, family relationships, and trauma. Her therapy website and personal blog on motherhood can be found at kategosenaylor.com.

HALTS For Simpler Parenting

When our children are young, communication can be incredibly frustrating. Usually it involves crying and acting out and other fun-filled behaviors that push our buttons. It can feel like panic and exhaustion and anger all bubble...

Holiday Small Talk: It Doesn’t Have to Be Boring!

As a therapist, I am trained to get to know people in deep and meaningful ways. This is great for work and intimate relationships, but not so great for holiday party small-talk. I love to...

Don’t Send Your Kid To Therapy…Go WITH Your Kid To Therapy!

Rugged individualism.  It’s a foundational belief in our country.  And yet, we know instinctively, scientifically, and historically, that human beings are social and deeply interpersonal creatures.  So why, then, do we always insist on...

Better Parenting Through Body Language

Life is busy these days.  It can feel like a whirlwind from the moment you wake until you finally lay yourself down to sleep, and even the nighttime can feel busy when you have...

5 Surprising Must-Do’s for Mom Survival

Oh, Motherhood. It often feels like a daily fight for survival. But there are some ways we can make it easier on ourselves. I’ve collaborated with my friend and colleague, Dr. Sarah Griesemer, who...

Brain Basics #5: Your Brain In Relationships

Alright, so I’m bringing this brain series to a close, and for the grand finale, I thought we’d look at your brain in significant relationships...your spouse, your partner, your best and closest family and...

Brain Basics #4: Tips for Parenting

Childhood is full of rapid development, just as soon as you think you have things figured out, your child changes - and these changes often show up in challenging behaviors.  For me, that’s when...

Brain Basics #3: Rhythm

Last time, I talked about the Four Fs: Fight/Flight/Freeze/Fawn, how we all experience them in response to stress, and how they can get out of control when we are chronically stressed.  For this post,...

Brain Basics #2: The Four Fs

For this part of the series, we are going to look at the biological responses commonly known as fight/flight/freeze The brainstem is essentially in charge of our basic survival...and that includes our reactions to...

Brain Basics, Part One: Your Brain Is Complex!

Have you heard of Interpersonal Neurobiology?   It is the emerging science of how the brain develops in response to our relationships.  As mammals, we literally cannot survive without relationships. And subsequently, the kinds of...