ZPR Host, Author, Therapist
Cathy Cassani Adams
Cathy is a self-awareness expert focused on parenting and the personal empowerment of women and young girls. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent Coach, Certified Elementary School Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and she teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University and Elmhurst College.
She’s the author of The Self-Aware Parent (2009), The Self-Aware Parent Two (2011), and Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting (2014) which won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award.
Be the Change
Live What You Want Your Kids to Learn
Your children don’t want you to be perfect, they want you to be real. They desire a genuine connection combined with mutual respect for self and others. They want to be who they are and feel safe and affirmed in your presence. This sense of safety builds confidence, and this is what allows children to trust themselves and believe in what they can do.
Offering this sense of safety requires our self-awareness. Self-awareness isn’t something we achieve once and for all, but is a daily practice of noticing ourselves. We practice being aware of our feelings and behavior, which in turn allows us to take responsibility for our lives. Instead of focusing on what others do or say, which is completely out of our control, we make choices for ourselves, deciding how to respond and participate. This is freedom, and this is what Gandhi was inferring when he told us to “be the change” we are looking for.
“Offering this sense of safety requires our self-awareness. Self-awareness isn’t something we achieve once and for all, but is a daily practice of noticing ourselves. “Cathy Cassani Adams
Striving to Support & Empower
Areas of Focus
Creating deeper relationships with ourselves and others
COMPASSION & CONNECTION
MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION
“If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”Anna Quindlen
For six years she and her husband Todd have hosted Zen Parenting Radio, a top-ten kids and family podcast on iTunes, and they are the creators of the Zen Parenting Conference held in Chicago. Cathy is a sought-after parenting and female empowerment speaker, she created/facilitated a self-awareness program for preadolescent girls called Be U, and she was a Child and Family Therapist/Clinical Educator at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Cathy is a blogger for The Huffington Post and a former columnist for Chicago Parent Magazine. She’s a frequent guest on WGN Radio and her parent coaching has been the focus of a CBS News Report as well as a Fox News Special Report. She’s been featured several times in Parents Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Ebony Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Today’s Chicago Woman, and West Suburban Magazine.
Sessions, Workshops, Groups
Work with Cathy
Cathy offers in-person sessions for women interested in self-awareness and empowerment, and she offers supervision to therapists+coaches who want support with their practice. Cathy also facilitates a women’s circle and offers in-person and virtual workshops.
Women's self-awareness and support for coaches and therapists
Self-Awareness for women, marriage and parenting, How to Talk to Kids about Sex and Sexuality
Keynotes/presentations, panel/discussion facilitation, Women’s Circle
Note: Sessions are one-time, occasional, or every-other month. Sessions are not a substitute for regular therapy. Referrals for regular therapy or coaching can be made during session. All sessions are in-person. If you are interested in a session, contact Cathy for her availability.
Cathy has been offering keynotes, presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, classes, and other speaking engagements for more than 15 years. She is known for her enthusiasm, humor, compassion, and her ability to feel and understand an audience. Topics include:
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly in those moments.”Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Books I love & Recommend
Todd and Cathy discuss why “figuring out” our partner will cause frustration, but why staying present with every new experience will create intimacy. They use a post from fellow coach Jayson Gaddis They discuss why it’s important to...00
Building a culture of consent and respect: A discussion with Mike Domitrz from the Date Safe Project Podcast #34712/02/2016
There are so many questions about relationships, sexual intimacy, consent, bystander intervention and supporting survivors, it can be feel overwhelming. Confusion is widespread in schools, college campuses, and the military, and as...03
Cathy and Todd share the words of a 6-year-old girl who wants her divorced parents to stop fighting. She offers wisdom beyond her years, and wakes us up to what children know and what we need to remember. Her words are a form of...00
Mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb? That’s the first line in this epic song. We disect the lyrics and use it to help understand conscious parenting. Roger Water’s song (on the show we use the Natalie Maines version) points out...00