Project Description

Power of Unmet Expectations

When expectations go unmet, parents over time can develop can develop what is called, Compassion Fatigue. If you continue at the pace you’re on, you eventually will find it difficult to invest in the child, regardless of biology.

Once compassion fatigue sets in, physiological changes begin to take place with the brain, making it difficult to implement strategies needed to get back on track.

It is natural to have expectations, hopes and dreams for your children and family – regardless of whether that child joins the family by birth or adoption.

  • You expect your child will hit the age appropriate milestones and be ready for school and beyond.
  • You dreamt of a child who would do well in school, sports or the arts and is liked and accepted by peers.
  • You created an image in your head of a blissfully happy family with your now adopted child but your current reality is anything but…
  • You expected to feel love, bonding and connection with your adopted child and expected the child would love and bond with you in return.
  • You expected family and friends to support you and not judge when your childs’ behavior issues shine through.
  • You never expected to feel regret, guilt, bitterness and resentment towards your child and your circumstances.
  • Routines and responsibilities have pushed your big hopes and dreams right out the window…
  • YOU feel lost and perhaps even a little embarrassed about your current family circumstances…
  • YOU are naturally generous. YOU “do” and give so much for others and have very little time for yourself…
  • You are feeling disconnected in your marriage and you can’t remember the last time you had a date night or had a REAL conversation.



You are committed to having a happy and healthy family and marriage, but you’re not sure if you have the energy (and let’s me honest, you are a bit skeptical that things will change) or where to start…

Family Intensive

Dena McComb Coaching provides a unique and personalized family-centric approach to Family Intensives. I believe that there is always hope regardless of how bleak things may feel and seem in the moment.

Family Intensives are structured around the unique needs of the family but throughout the intensive, your family will be guided through Coaching (Individual, Parenting, Marriage), Biofeedback (Heartmath), Neurofeedback, NeuroMeditation, yoga and so much more.

  • Parent & Family Coaching
  • Skill Building for Kids
  • QEEG Map
  • Neurofeedback
  • Biofeedback
  • Brain Training Exercises
  • Support & Coaching (In the Moment)
  • Individual Coaching


What is covered during Parent Coaching Sessions?2019-09-17T16:50:23-07:00

Topics change based on the needs of the parents at a given intensive but often include:

  • Structure/Nurture Balance
  • Couple Communication
  • Parenting Styles Overall / By Child
  • Family Communication/Satisfaction
  • Caring for your Marriage Under Stress
  • Parenting Stress
  • Letting Things Go
  • Self Care

  • Love Languages
  • Who Am I (our own Identity/Enneagram Personalities)?
  • Chores/Responsibility/Respect
  • One-Liners
Where do you recommend we stay?2019-10-09T14:39:42-07:00

Recommended Hotels

Best Western Plus Airport Inn

3711 S Geiger Blvd

Spokane, WA 99224


Sleep Inn Choice Hotel

3809 S Geiger Blvd

Spokane, WA 99224


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cheney

111 Betz Road

Cheney, WA 99004


Local Air B & B’s 


*If you do choose to go with an Air B&B, you will need to rent a car.
What happens after our Intensive?2019-09-17T16:49:55-07:00

We all miss each other!

As our time wraps up, we will begin looking ahead at your current support system, available resources and what changes may need to be made in your home as well as in your children’s current environment (daycare, school, sports, diet, etc).

You can I will continue to stay in touch via email/text/phone especially as you transition back home.

Future steps/support can look like any one of the following:

  • Brain-cation/Respite for a kiddo
  • IEP/504 Assistance
  • Parent & Family Coaching
  • Individual Coaching
  • Neuro-Intensive (usually revisit around 4-6 mo mark)

There are so many ways to stay connected.  When families leave, many are already planning when their next intensive will be!


What does it cost for an Intensive?2019-11-24T22:13:34-08:00

Intensives are customized to the individual family – prices may vary depending on the length of intensive and family needs.

ALL Intensives include:

  • Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks (Breakfast on your own)
  • Brain Maps and Summary
  • Neurofeedback Sessions
  • Biofeedback Sessions
  • Parenting/Family/Individual Coaching Sessions
  • Couples/Parenting Questionnaire


Other Offerings:

  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Brain Gym Exercises
  • Journaling
  • Couples Coaching
  • Muscle Testing (Kinesiology)
**Payment plans are available and I will work with you so that your family can get the help you need.
What is a typical Intensive Schedule2019-11-24T22:22:07-08:00

A typical day at an intensive might look like this:


9 – 11 am                    Neurofeedback/Brain Gym Exercises

11 – 12:15 pm              Skill Building

12:30 – 1:30 pm         Lunch

1:30 – 3 pm                 Quiet Time (Read/Color/Take a Nap/Journal/Games/Puzzles)

3 – 4 pm                      Skill Building/Family Game

4 – 6 pm                      Neurofeedback/Heartmath/Individual Coaching (12+)

6 – 7 pm                      Dinner

7 pm                            Wrap Up


9 – 11 am                     Parent/Marriage/Family Coaching

11 – 1 pm                      Neurofeedback/Brain Gym Exercises

12:30 – 1:30 pm          Lunch

1:30 – 3 pm                  Quiet Time (Read/Color/Take a Nap/Journal/Games/Puzzles)

3 – 4 pm                       Skill Building/Family Game

4 – 6 pm                       Neurofeedback/Heartmath/Individual Coaching (12+)

6 – 7 pm                       Dinner

7 pm                             Wrap Up

**The schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the individual/family on any given day.

How do we prepare for an Intensive?2020-05-06T10:00:31-07:00

A Questionaire and Informed Consent Form must be completed prior to the Intensive:  CLICK HERE for the forms.

Accommodations and family activities vary based on the needs of the family.

To make the most of our time, please start the following as soon as possible:

  1. Start compiling a list of questions and interactions or situations that you would like help in working through during our time together.
  2. Create a list for each child as to behaviors or challenges you would like help working on during the intensive.

Bring an open heart and an open mind…

What do the kids do during an Intensive?2019-10-09T06:27:06-07:00

Your children and teens will learn tools that help in self-regulation and self-awareness.

This is done through a variety of tools: Neurofeedback, Brain Gym Exercises, Meditation, Heartmath/Breathing Exercises, Yoga, Workbooks, Skill Building Games.

The kids will be kept busy and their brains will be tired.