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Parent Coach, MA, CTI Accreditation, Coaching Masters Member

About me

My goal is to help parents whose desire for their child’s success is damaging the parent-child relationship. I will help you to find strategies to communicate effectively and to reconfigure your approach to supporting your child.

With 18 years of experience in the selective independent school sector and as Director of Teaching & Learning at a top London School, I understand nature of the competition for 11+, 13+ school or university places. I understand how much parents long for their children to succeed, to do their best and thrive in life. 

But what happens when our desires and our children's motivations don’t align?  We can become frustrated and end up nagging, bribing or perhaps even threatening consequences if things don't go as we'd hope. The result? We spend our time feeling anxious and powerless. We compare our children to others. Trust is damaged, tension builds, children grow distant and communication breaks down.  

·       Do you feel that your relationship with your child is suffering?

·       Do you wish you could support them more effectively?

·       Do you want to break the cycle of nagging, bribing and threatening?

I can help you.  With an 8 week, bespoke programme designed especially for you and your situation, I will work with you to effectively support your child's progress and establish a greater sense of calmness. I will help you to design and implement effective strategies to rebuild communication and create the harmonious, loving relationship that you desire.

I am a mum of 2, wife and and general outdoorsy kind. I enjoy camping with my family, running, biking, swimming and have recently completed an Ironman(woman!) triathlon. Having started my career as an English teacher, I love reading, but nothing beats a good old fashioned movie night with the family and a bucket of popcorn.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a trained coach with Co-Active Training Institute Accreditation, an ICF approved body. I am a Graydin certified Educational Coach and Coach Trainer and a Coaching Masters Member with NLP certification. Over the years, I have worked with a broad range of clients including business professionals, parents, teachers and teenage students. I run coaching training sessions for adults and young people and parental coaching programmes.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Career

Family

Schooling

Relationships

Education

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Fees

£80.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Initial consultation is a free exploratory session of approximately 90 minutes to discuss your needs, situation and to design your programme.

Commonly, a programme would be a course of 8 sessions (one per week) either on the telephone or via Zoom. I also offer Walking Coaching for anyone who enjoys getting outside and knows the benefits that moving can have on processing emotion and expressing thoughts. I am able to tailor your programme to your personal finances and needs.  Please call me to discuss on 07803 585 392 or drop me a message. 

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I am flexible and happy to work out timings and that would work for you.

Further information

Testimonials:

'I was keen to learn a new language to communicate with my 16yr old that I didn't need for my older 2 boys and this was just what I was looking for.' Jenny

'I'm still buzzing from having completed the course! You are truly amazing at what you do and your passion and enthusiasm made the course fun, thought provoking and transformational. Thank you so much for your time, your energy and for sharing your skills and knowledge to help me to grow and develop further.  I am truly grateful. ' Heena

'I value self reflection and introspection when thinking about how I can grow and develop myself and this coaching has helped me so much with that. Thank you.' Ruben

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

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Online platforms

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