Lark Eshleman came to her career in child healing through her own childhood family experiences, by parenting her own children, through her work as a children’s librarian, elementary school principal, school psychologist, and then dramatically through her overseas volunteer work with children traumatized in the war in the Balkans after their wars of independence from 1991 – 1995.
Lark is an author, educator and consultant whose expertise is working with children and teens who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse. She is Board Certified in both Domestic Violence by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as well as in Child Trauma by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress & National Center for Crisis Management. She is also the creator of STAT™, Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy
Dr. Eshleman founded the Institute for Children and Families, which for 10 years was a leading treatment center providing extraordinarily successful and highly innovative treatment for
children and families in the underserved population of adoption, foster care, and childhood trauma. In her clinic she and her staff provided and integrated model of attachment, EMDR, Theraplay, EEG Biofeedback, Trauma-Art Therapy and narrative therapies. For 9 years she served on the Board of ATTACh, and has taught in Eastern Europe, Asia, and most recently in India, where she has been asked to share her findings and extensive knowledge in the areas of attachment disruptions, adoption, and healing. She is currently in talks about the possibility of taking her trainings to those who are working in the Syrian refugee camps in Greece.
She authored Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child (2003, 2006), and other works, and is a columnist for Fostering Families Today Magazine and contributor to Adoptions Today and other publications.