I work with English-speaking parents, guardians, and grandparents via Zoom, a trusted video conferencing service that provides coaching in the comfort of your home and in multiple time zones around the world. I often work with family members in different locations, each committed to a common goal for their children.
Before you consider me as a parent coach, I recommend that you read Successful Kids Need 8 Core Abilities: How to Parent with Purpose. This article provides the foundation on which my coaching practice is built. Our work is guided by The Compass Advantage, a research-based framework for developing eight core abilities in children and teens: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.
Our coaching partnership usually involves 10-12 sessions, either weekly or bi-monthly. We explore your current parenting practices and goals you hold for your children. Together, we talk about possibilities for change and discuss strategies to foster core interconnected strengths in your children. You commit to practice new strategies between sessions. Then we review your challenges and outcomes, working together to refine the parenting approaches that best accomplish your goals.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Coaching is about moving forward with your visions and goals for your family in a step by step manner. It is designed to explore the strengths and weaknesses of your current parenting strategies based on research in positive youth development. Then, we build on your strengths to achieve desired developmental outcomes for your children. It is about asking the question, “How can I be a better parent?” rather than “How can I fix my child?”
A strengths-based approach to creating positive change in the lives of families is often a component of traditional psychotherapy. However, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and other types of licensed therapists are also trained in the treatment of disorders, like depression, anxiety, addiction, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc.
My training in developmental psychology is research-focused, not treatment-focused. I study ways to build strengths in children and teens, not how to treat them for disorders. If I believe you or your children would be better served by traditional psychotherapy, I will suggest you contact a therapist. Sometimes it can be helpful for parents to work with me for coaching when their child is seeing a therapist or learning specialist. Our introductory Discovery Session is always designed to explore your family’s unique situation and goals, and for both of us to decide if we are a good fit to enter a coaching partnership.
Is there an ideal time for parents to focus on developing core internal abilities in children?
I’m often asked this question and it is an important one. I believe parents can and should begin nurturing the abilities in The Compass Advantage from a very early age. While I specialize in coaching parents with school-aged children, I also believe there is an optimal time when parent coaching can give children and families extraordinary benefits. When children are between the ages of 9 and 12, they can more fully begin to understand and identify the eight core abilities within themselves. This means that parents can involve this age group in deeper, more meaningful conversations about their own development and better prepare them for their teenage years. That said, it is never too early or too late to focus on what matters most – developing your child’s internal strengths!
Are your parent coaching services covered by medical insurance?
No. Because I am not a healthcare professional, medical insurance does not cover the cost of my services.
How many sessions does parent coaching involve?
In general, I do not recommend starting with parent coaching unless you plan to commit to learning how to foster the eight core abilities that are central to my work. This usually takes 10-12 sessions. Some people prefer weekly sessions, over about 3 months. Others prefer bi-monthly sessions, over about 6 months. Of course, you can stop at any time, and for any reason. Some parents require shorter or longer time periods. This is entirely up to you. There is no minimum or maximum time frame for working together.
What kind of coaching sessions should I sign up for and how much do they cost?
An introductory 30-minute Discovery Session ($50) is required for all potential clients and is an opportunity to get acquainted. We'll talk about the coaching process and desired outcomes. I'll ask you to share relevant information about your family and goals. You'll discover if I am a good fit to mentor you toward those goals. If I don’t think I can help with your current objectives, or believe you would be better served through traditional psychotherapy, my goal is to let you know at this time. (When my practice is full, Discovery Sessions will not be available on my Scheduling Page. If this occurs, please contact me and I'll email you when sessions are available again.)
When we agree to begin a coaching partnership, you'll book a New Client Parent Coaching Session ($200). At this time, you'll complete a more thorough Intake Questionnaire and agree to the terms of my Parent Coaching Agreement. Our first session will delve into more details about your family values, children, and current challenges. We'll talk about options for small group coaching sessions, when appropriate, that may include co-parents, grandparents, or other close caregivers. Together, we'll develop a coaching plan that works for your unique family situation.
After your initial session, you'll always book an Established Client Parent Coaching Session ($200 or Package of 5 for $900) My fees include brief email exchanges between sessions where I'm happy to answer quick questions or refer you to additional resources.
How do I pay for sessions?
You'll pay online for sessions at time of booking. When you book an appointment from my Scheduling Page, you will be able to select a spot on my calendar and pay by credit card, coupon code, or gift certificate. You can also create a client login to make booking a breeze each time!
Do you offer gift certificates for parent coaching?
Yes, you may purchase gift certificates from my Scheduling Page. Parent coaching makes a great gift for adult children with young families. If you are considering making this gift to someone, please discuss it with them first to make sure it is welcome!
What is Zoom and how do I use it?
Zoom is a professional video conferencing service used for all of my parent coaching sessions, whether local or international. When you receive your session confirmation from me, you will also receive a link to our private Zoom Meeting. You can share that link with a co-parent who lives in another location, a grandparent who lives close by, or another adult who is helping parent your children. We'll discuss this option in one of our initial sessions.
Getting Started with Zoom
Once Zoom is set up on your computer or phone, you just click on the URL in your confirmation email. It's usually that simple! If you are a first-time user, please allow 10 minutes to set up Zoom well before our meeting. You can click on the link in your email anytime to install the launcher! Then come back at our meeting time to sign into the session. I always suggest clicking on the link in your confirmation email a few minutes prior to each meeting to make sure everything is set up and working. If you run into any problems, you can call or text me at the number in your confirmation email.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions about parent coaching!