Seeing the Real Child with Dr. Melody Aguayo

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 6

Dr. Melody Aguayo is a wife, a mom, and a parent consultant for overwhelmed parents who are looking for support and solutions to navigate their parenting journey. Melody is a longtime friend of the Institute. She is both a TBRI Practitioner and an alumnae of our Hope Connection Camp. Today we’ll hear a little about her TBRI journey, some insights about implementing TBRI in a family setting, and a little more about her professional work. Whether you’re listening as a parent, or as a professional, this conversation has something for you today.

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About our guests:

Melody Aguayo, PhD

Dr. Melody Aguayo is a wife, a mom of two, and a parent consultant for overwhelmed parents who are looking for support and solutions to navigate their parenting journey. She holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Tennessee State University and a Ph. D. in Psychology from Capella University, as well as many additional qualifications and certifications including Circle of Security parent Trainer and TBRI Practitioner. While her education and professional qualifications have equipped Melody with many tools to provide for families who seek her services, she credits her own journey as a parent as both her greatest inspiration and teacher on her own journey. Melody lives near Nashville, TN with her family.


About our host:

Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.

Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.

5 Responses to “Seeing the Real Child with Dr. Melody Aguayo”

  1. Claudia Lopez

    I am interested on the camp. My husband and I need help. My son has a emotional dysregulate behavior.


    through the years my wife and I have had a couple of 6 year olds that had severe behavoiral problems.

  3. Rita Blanken

    Im instrested in the camp or a camp that is close to where I live.

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