Welcome to the website of
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Roya is in the middle of a few HUGE projects - so her site is sort of... well... colorful CHAOS at the moment.
If you are looking for therapy, you can still book sessions up at the "therapy" tab up top!
The shop is still active, as is the blog, and all my social media.
Keep checking back for the new Connect with Courage course! Tentative release date: March 2023.
My parents made a decision when I was young
that changed the course of my life forever.
I'm Roya Dedeaux
(rhymes with play-dough)
I’m a licensed therapist, author, and speaker. I’ve worked my whole life helping parents release fear and find joy in the places their kids take them.
When I say “whole life” I mean it! I left public school at the ripe old age of 10 because conventional education wasn’t working for me.
It wasn’t working when I came home from school crying because I wanted to study ocean life and the teacher assigned me the desert-loving Kangaroo Rat.
It wasn’t working when I said I couldn’t wait to spend my summer vacation in the library, and my classmates made fun of me.
It wasn’t working when I was fascinated by the Gold Rush but wasn’t allowed to keep reading because it was “time to move on.”
I was starting to hide under the teacher’s desk, I was feeling overwhelmed. I was getting resentful at the lack of control. Behavioral issues were right around the corner.
I left 4th grade and never went back.
When I graduated with a degree in Recreation &Leisure Studies from CSULB, I left with the academic language for what I knew deep in my bones:
The path to children’s success is through supporting their interests.
Through the process of receiving my Master’s in Counseling, becoming a licensed therapist, speaking at hundreds of conferences and working with thousands of families - I saw the mental health connection over and over again.
Supporting your kid's interests is the key to your relationship and their mental health.
The power of connecting to your kids through their interests impacts them on an individual, relational, and societal level! This profound knowledge led to my first book - Connect with Courage
I wrote this book and created the companion course because now, as a parent myself, I recognize just how hard it can be to make changes on your own – even when you know it’s what your children need.
Your teenager thanks you for hanging out with them.
Watching as your kid turns off the TV and starts an art project on their own.
Two hour bedtime battles turning into your kid taking the lead.
Being the person your teenager asks for help with friend drama.
Driving with your kiddo chatting happily next to you sharing their latest joy.
Seeing your kid generously giving their favorite toy to their little sibling.
Hearing from another mom how interesting and knowledgeable your kid is.
Witnessing your kids form friendships with people you know will write them letters of recommendation when they need them later.
The melt-downs over screen time disappear completely.