Who is parent coaching for?
Parent coaching is for everyone. From frustrated parents who want to stop yelling at their fussy toddlers to the exhausted parents of high-spirited children, parent coaching can help provide strategies to improve your family life. If your parents used harsh discipline strategies with you as a child and you want to break the cycle and have better relationships with your own children, parent coaching can help you learn new, gentler ways to parent.
A parent coach is a trained professional who can:
- Help you achieve your parenting goals
- Empower your personal change or transformation
- Educate you in communication, temperaments, emotional skills, discipline, creating a fulfilling family life, providing structures, adapting to new situations, solving problems…
Parent coaches help you parent with confidence.
As your coach, I will help you clarify what you want to accomplish, set specific goals, and make an effective action plan. I integrate a variety of approaches in the work I do with clients. Although a new method may seem different to you at first, I encourage you to keep an open mind and “stretch” outside your comfort zone. I will provide you with support, structure, perspective, and techniques in the coaching process. As a parent myself, I am able to mentor you through the unique challenges and rewards of raising children.
Parent coaching is inspirational, educational, and practical.
We will discover together how much you already know about how to create a healthy home life. When necessary, I will provide skills training in a practical way so you can use new concepts and skills right away. Coaching is designed to unlock and maximize your existing parenting potential.
Parenting coaching is transformational and beneficial.
The focus of coaching is achieving your goals in parenting and family communication. You will identify specific plans and ways of thinking that will move you toward achieving your desired goals. I will strive to cultivate a safe and supportive space for you to work toward personal growth, discovery, and transformation.
The structure of parent coaching is flexible.
Together we will design a coaching arrangement that meets your individual needs and schedule. We may meet in-person (when safe to do so), by phone, or by “video office” depending on what’s most convenient for you. The basic steps are:
- A 30-minute phone intake interview
- An Initial Coaching Session to develop goals and create an effective action plan
- Regular on-going Coaching Sessions
- Voluntary participation in a private Facebook group with other coaching clients
$150 for one-time one-hour Initial Coaching Session appointment
$150 for individual one-hour follow-up sessions
$800 six-session package (when paid in advance)
$1500 twelve-session package (when paid in advance)
Coaching vs. Psychotherapy
While there are some similarities between coaching and psychotherapy, they are very different services. Psychotherapy is a health service provided by mental health practitioners with training and experience in diagnosing and treating psychiatric/psychological problems. Parent coaching does not include psychotherapy (diagnosis or treatment) or any other health care service. Because coaching is not a health care service, it is not reimbursable by health insurance policies. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I can also provide psychotherapy services for children/adolescents and families if needed (booked separately).
Parent coaching sessions focus on decreasing your stress by learning new ways to manage challenging situations with your children. The goal is to help you gain confidence in your parenting decisions. Parent coaching also works to improve the relationship between you and your children using respectful strategies and positive discipline, and by enhancing family communication. While parent coaching is not therapy, clients often find the process and/or results to be therapeutic.