Deborah MacNamara


Dr. Deborah MacNamara is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute; the director of Kid’s Best Bet, a counselling and family resource centre; and the author of the bestselling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One). Rest, Play, Grow has been translated into Russian, Italian, and German. She travels nationally and internationally, speaking to about sixty groups a year, including the United Nations, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and groups of parents, educators, child care professionals, social workers, the foster and adopt community, and health care professionals.

MacNamara counsels parents and professionals to make sense of learning, behavioural, and developmental issues in kids – from babies to teens. She completed a two-year postdoctoral internship with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, and is an award-winning researcher with over twenty years of experience as a teacher and counsellor working with leading institutions such as the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Vancouver School Board. Deborah regularly appears on radio and TV, and her articles appear in parenting magazines, websites, and newsletters across Canada and internationally, including Australia’s Nurture – Natural Parenting Magazine, where she is a regular contributor. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family and consciously works at creating an attachment village for her children to grow up in.