Courage To Change
You’re afraid to face and discover the person you’ve become. You feel your only choice is to accept this version of you. You’re unmotivated, exhausted, irritated and edgy all the time. You’re terrified for the day you will no longer have the capacity to care for anyone, including yourself.
Rediscover Purpose & Connection
You’ve struggled for so long you feel lost, invisible, lonely and disconnected from everyone and everything. You feel stuck. You seek connections that are energizing, but resign yourself to a life of isolation and lack of support. You don’t believe anyone can really understand or accept you.
Lighting the Path Forward
Hope seems out of reach, especially when you think about your own and your child’s future. You’re anxious because you feel powerless and helpless. You wonder if you will ever catch a break. Giving up feels like the only option when there’s no rest or relief in sight.
What Others Are Saying
Dr. Barbara Baumgardner
PhD, PMHNP-BC, IBCLC
“I’ve been consistently impressed with Carisa’s vision for her son. She has hopes for his future, listens closely to his own hopes, and then digs deep to find ways to help him thrive. Her son’s life and her own could have been much more narrow in focus. However, because she has applied the principles of the Empowered Mom Blueprint, both she and her son have a bright and expanded future. I encourage you to be thoughtful and intentional about applying these principles within your family.”
“In my twenty years as an occupational therapist, Carisa is one of the very best special education teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Her incredible gift of working with special needs children, their parents and alongside team members (administrators, psychologists, SLPs, PTs and OTs) is unmatched. Carisa has always been an amazing advocate for her son, working with and encouraging him every step of the way. It is no surprise to me that Carisa created this amazing program!”
M.S. CCC/SLP, CAS
“I have worked with many parents over the last 18 years. Carisa always stands out among them. I could see her passion, dedication and determination to help her son. I provided carry over strategies for her to work on at home with her son – she always did the strategies and then some! Carisa is an inspirational woman filled with hope, courage and compassion. She has a truly amazing energy and is a blessing to anyone who has the opportunity to work with her.”
Special Education Professional
“Small but Fierce” was the mantra hung over Carisa’s desk when we worked together. Laura@books_and geek_ describes a fierce woman as one “…who doesn’t take crap from anyone. She stands up for herself and others who can’t or won’t. She will do things for the greater good. She is strong, independent but a team player, is a good listener, fights for what is right and doesn’t give up…” Carisa embodied all this and more. Through her caring mentorship I am a better version of myself.”
“Being a wife and working mother too, I felt Carisa truly understood me and the challenges I faced having a child with special needs. She is a person you can go to if you need a listening ear, have questions or are looking for resources. Her passion, advocacy and commitment to help educate the community about individuals with special needs has truly touched my heart. Carisa helped me and my family tremendously and we are very thankful for all of her assistance!”
“Carisa is inspirational and makes a woman think about her life, self-care, life decisions, family life, wellness and health and how to move forward next in life. She had me thinking about life decisions that will better help me and my family. She reminded me that I must come first in my life in order to help address the needs of others. As a woman and mother, she made me feel empowered and confident in tackling and conquering anything that comes my way.”
“Carisa is a courageous, intentional and empowered woman who is filled with fire and joy. She has years of experience in education and raising a special needs son. She has fought through the toughest of circumstances for her son and knows how challenging it is. Sometimes the journey feels long and hopeless, but Carisa is here to tell you that doesn’t have to be your journey. She knows firsthand the frustrations and disappointments and developed Empowered Mom to help transform the lives of other women.”
“Carisa has walked through many situations and understands the challenges families navigating disabilities face. Her heart’s desire is for knowledge, understanding, and achievement to be shared to help everyone be the best they can be! She has a love and commitment for hope and success in all people. She helps people to see the best in themselves and others. Her work and life testify to her strong faith, her values, and her desire to help families achieve success, persevere and most of all, HOPE.”