Tina Payne Bryson PHD

Psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection | Author

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the author of the Bottom Line for Baby and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into over fifty languages, as well as The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations.  An LCSW, Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC.  The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com.

The Power of Showing Up

Saturday March 5 | 2:00pm - 3:45pm EST

Parents worry. It’s what we do. We worry about our kids and their safety; about the times we let our kids down; if we’re giving them too little or too much attention; and how to manage in a world filled with digital distractions and endless commitments on our time. Reassuringly, the latest brain and attachment research is clear on how best to make a difference in our child’s life over the long run: we simply need to show up.

In this presentation based on her latest book (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Bryson will share how when a caregiver predictably (not perfectly) cares for a child, that child will enjoy the very best outcomes, even in the face of significant adversity. To help our kids succeed and feel at home in the world, our children need to feel what Siegel and Bryson call in their latest book, the Four S’s: 

1.   Safe—they feel protected and sheltered from harm;

2.   Seen—they know you care about them and pay attention to them by focusing on their inner experience of feelings, thoughts, and meaning in their lives; 

3.   Soothed—they know you’ll be there for them when they’re hurting; and 

4.   Secure—they trust you to predictably help them feel “at home” in the world, then learn to help themselves feel safe, seen, and soothed.


Offering plenty of warmth and humor, Dr. Bryson will share stories and simple strategies for honoring the Four S’s effectively in all kinds of situations—when our kids are struggling or when they are enjoying success; when we are consoling, disciplining, or arguing with them; and even when we're apologizing for the times we don’t show up for them. No parent is perfect, but all of us can show up for our kids. Impactful parenting begins right where you are, right now.