I am Annika Brindley, the founder of Little Sleepers LLC, an infant and child sleep consultation practice located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. I work locally and globally, to help families solve their children’s sleep challenges.
I received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, California. I began my career providing counseling and therapy to individuals, couples, and families at Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center in Los Angeles. It was through working with families with young children, that I began to see a common factor that appeared to cause conflict and a division within the family. The common factor was a lack of sleep. I began to notice overtired and exhausted children; conflicted, frustrated parents and considerable sleep deprivation. I thought, there must be a solution. There must be an art to teaching children how to sleep, and so began my quest to create a solution.
I believe that there is a true gift even in the most challenging times of our lives. The key is to be able to be aware to see the gifts. I knew in my desire to solve children’s sleep issues, I had been given my gift, my purpose. Nothing makes me feel happier and more satisfied than helping a sleep-deprived family transform into a well-rested one. I am grateful that I have the pleasure of working with hundreds of beautiful families, lecturing at numerous pre-schools, speaking to obstetrician and pediatrician offices, running parent-toddler and parent-infant support and education groups for new parents and their babies.
I discovered through my work helping children to sleep, that parents needed to awaken.
My practice has expanded to coaching parents in The Art of Awakened Parenting. Parenting, as with all relationships, inherently offers an opening for personal transformation. The parent/child relationship is an natural invitation to become a conscious self-loving human being. Parenting is a brilliant opportunity to awaken. I have seen parents, through teaching their children how to sleep, be able to overcome their own fears, recognize patterns and learned behaviors and identify false beliefs they hold. Being a present parent begins with being a present person. My Awakened parent coaching practice allows parents to learn to become a whole integrated, self-loving adult. It is possible to live to your greatest potential and in turn show up and be 100% present to our amazing children.
I am passionate about the healthful benefits of good sleep and awakened parenting. I have loved working with all different kinds of families around the globe to give little ones the sleep they need and deserve. Besides teaching “The Art of sleep” & “The art of Awakened Parenting” the greatest joy in my life is being a mother of three beautiful little sleepers of my own.