​I am passionate about helping YOU parent your kids that are hard to raise (and who challenge you and your parenting skills). I have a big heart for kids, especially those who are often overlooked or misunderstood. I know this first-hand, as I was once a hurt child, separated from my siblings and later adopted. I believe that a child's family is key in restoring hope and safety and resolving past hurts and disappointments. I have spent years studying best practices for children and trauma, learning about the incredible healing power of the brain, and working in the trenches with families in crisis. From this great wealth of information I have developed the Healthy Foundations Family Program (HFFP)--an online training program with intensive in-home and coaching programs for parents with very challenging kids. As a parent, YOU are the best healing agent for your child. Let me (or a person or agency team I train) show you how to restore safety, hope, and confidence back into your home.

  • Doctor of Human Services - Leadership & Organizational Management
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Idaho LPC-5021)
  • Marriage & Family Counselor
  • Adoption & Attachment specialist
  • Author

Curriculum Vitae for Michelle

Hear Dr. Alden's story and why she is passionate about helping parents

More about Dr. Michelle Alden's experience - to better serve you

  • Adoption advocate, trainer, speaker
  • In foster care and adopted herself as a child; adopted a teenage son
  • Trauma-informed
  • Brain-researched
  • Published author (3 books - about an adoptive family)
  • Has spoken to government agencies, schools, private groups, and adoptive and foster parents
  • Agency trainer to help families with emotionally disturbed or traumatized children
  • Family Trauma In Home Specialist Training/Certification
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy certified
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Angels in Adoption™ for Idaho (2012)
  • Idaho Business Women of the Year (2011)
  • Counselor for 12 years at a summer camp for abused kids
  • Director of programming for at-risk kids for 10 years - Outstanding Service Award - Isaiah's Ranch (The Isaiah Foundation, Inc) (2007)