Clarissa is an only child who had a tough relationship with her mom. During college at University of Hartford, she began what would turn into a decades-long career as a test prep coach. She's helped thousands of kids around the world navigate the college and grad school admissions processes. Along the way she's joked that she sometimes finds herself playing the role of therapist more than tutor, helping kids manage the stresses of life.
But no matter how many young adults she helped, she longed for a closer, more intimate relationship with her own mother. Unfortunately, that didn't come to pass before her mom passed in November 2019. She's driven to help other families avoid the heartache, the lost years, and the regret she - and most likely her mom, too - experienced. In addition to test prep coaching and dreaming of the ways ParenT(w)een Connection will help families, she's also a certified life coach who helps teens learn concepts like goal-setting, self-compassion & self-esteem, mindfulness, and growth mindsets.