Both of my children have Tourette Syndrome and Generalized Anxiety Disorder which impacts every aspect of their life. I have likened my experience of parenting to buying a plane ticket to Paris and ending up in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a great city, it’s just very different from Paris. This realization takes some getting used to.
Through my own experience being coached, the support of healthy relationships, patience, acceptance and an unending commitment to my children, I like to think that I have made my cross my sword by becoming a Parent Coach with a specific focus on supporting parents of children with special needs. This is one powerful way I can connect with and give back to the community.
What Exactly I Do, and What Will You Gain from Working With Me?
As an International Coach Federation certified coach, I work with parents of special needs children to cultivate better relationships with their children, provide customized support based on each individual family’s needs. My clients and I co-create parenting plans and then partner on finding solutions to challenges as they arise along the way. As a Parent Coach, I align myself with YOUR agenda and engage with you in a thought-provoking process that inspires you to maximize your parenting potential. The approach is not to fix a perceived flaw or deficit, but to support you to enhance and leverage the creativity, skills, and resources you already possess. Parent coaching allows you to better understand yourself and your child, reduce overwhelm, get more done, and feel better about yourself and your relationship with your child.
Some Signs You May Benefit from Parent Coaching
You have the same challenges with your child over and over and have become physically and emotionally exhausted.
What you’re doing isn’t working but you’re not sure what would.
You have the same conversation over and over with your partner, friends, family or yourself.
You are feeling a sense ofhopelessness about being a parent
You feel unsupported, unheard andmconfused about parenting
You want to get on the same page with your partner on parenting
You are ready to make changes and understand it won’t always be easy or quick.
How I Work
I coach clients virtually (video/phone) both one-on-one and in group settings. Contact me to schedule a free 30 minute sample session to learn more about how coaching could support you and your family.
Therapy typically addresses issues in a client’s past and seeks to work through those issues until the client has found some “closure” and is an internally based conversation. Coaching looks forward, deals in the present, is both internally and externally focused, and does not diagnose. Parent coaching uses tools and other resources to support you in gaining the skills to more effectively parent your child.
``Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It's about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be. And that, if you're lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.`` Joan Ryan
In addition to being a Parent Coach which is the work of my heart and what I call my “Community Connection,” I am a Career and Leadership Coach with over 500 hours of 1:1 coaching experience. I hold a BA in Social Psychology from Lehigh University and over 17 years of HR experience in large corporations. I am honored to be a Mentor Coach with Accomplishment Coaching mentoring and training new coaches. For more about my journey and approach please visit the TS Parents Online Blog through the NJCTS @ http://njcts.org/tsparents/