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Child coaching

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Kinderpraktijk Mimosa | Kindercoaching, oudercoaching en trainingenHas your child been unhappy lately? Does he or she lack self-confidence, or could he or she benefit from learning to be more resilient? Is your child being bullied, or does he or she bully other children? Is your child finding it difficult to come to terms with a divorce, or does he or she perhaps have a quick temper?

As a parent, you want your child to be happy, and for him or her to feel good, both physically and mentally. However, this is not always the case and in such situations, you may find that you are unsure about the best way to help your child.

Visiting a coach can be of great benefit to a child, as it allows him or her to learn to cope with whatever is going on in his or her life.  My role as a child coach is to give children between the ages of 4 and 12 the support they need when struggling with a problem.

Through working with a child coach to look for solutions in a positive way, your child learns how to deal more easily with the difficult situation in question, and/or with any unwelcome feelings. I believe that involving one or both parents in the process is important, as without the support of their parent(s), children find it much more difficult to put what they have learned into practice. What this means is that you, as the child’s parent, are present during the coaching sessions, unless your child indicates that he/she would prefer you not to be, or if you yourself opt not to attend.

Parent coaching

Parent coaching or parenting support can be provided in relation to any issues involved in bringing up children, communication with your child, and the parenting approach taken at home or within the family. The focus is very much on the positive aspects rather than the negative. The parenting support I offer is a low-threshold service and is short termed.
In addition to child and parent coaching, I also offer a range of training courses for children, along with themed evening sessions for parents.

A child coach provides that little extra support your child needs to get back on track

Do you have the feeling that your child is not completely happy at the moment? Is your child prone to bouts of anger or periods of sadness, or is he or she not sleeping well? Does your child find it difficult to make friends, or to stick up for himself/herself? Or does he/she perhaps lack self-confidence

Putting your finger on the exact problem can sometimes be tricky, but when your child is not happy in himself/herself, you notice. Knowing what you can do to remedy the situation is then another matter. In such cases, a little support in the form of child coaching can be beneficial. Your child can then get back on track and will know how to cope with his/her problem. Not every problem can be solved immediately, but I provide children with the practical tools they need to allow them to find their way forward. Often children do actually know what they need in order to move forward or in order to deal with the problem, albeit subconsciously. In my role as a child coach, I help children to discover the wisdom they have inside themselves.

When can child coaching be beneficial? Below is a list of some of the situations in which a child coach can provide support:

  • Fear of failure
  • Not feeling happy in oneself
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Problems with social skills / in making friends
  • Bullying – for both victims and perpetrators
  • Dealing with changes within the family (divorce / loss or bereavement / moving house)
  • Other day-to-day obstacles

During the coaching sessions, I teach your child new skills through play, allowing the child to discover their own strengths and positive attributes. I do this through taking a solution-oriented approach: instead of dwelling on the problem itself, I work with the child on what he or she wants to learn.
I think it is important that children feel that they are in a safe environment when visiting me, and that they can trust me, so I take the time to allow children to feel comfortable with me before we really start work.

First meeting and intake session

The first step in every child coaching plan is an intake. I will email you a questionnaire that you will need to return to me at least three days before the intake session is due to take place. This will allow me to prepare properly for our appointment.

The intake session allows us to meet in person and takes place at the practice, in your home, or at a different location if you prefer. Your child is not present during the intake session. You will be given ample time to explain where the problems lie for you as a parent / parents. We will go through the information you have provided on the intake form together and discuss what kind of support may be needed for your child. What your child needs will always be the focus of the actual coaching sessions.

If I think that I am not the right person to help your child, I will always tell you and, if necessary, refer you to other organisations that will be able to provide the support required. I also think that it is important that the child’s parent(s) feels/feel completely comfortable with me as a coach. If this is not the case, please do not hesitate to say so. I will then be happy to help you find an alternative professional.

The coaching sessions

Each session lasts an hour.

Depending on what the situation is, I will either work with your child alone or with a parent or carer in attendance. If you are present, this will allow you to offer your child help and support outside of the sessions too. During the intake session, we will discuss and agree on what the best approach will be for your child, but your child will also have the opportunity to indicate what he/she prefers too.

For the sessions, I select working methods that match your child’s interests and that are also appropriate in terms of the problems in question. The methods may involve play, creativity, or movement, for instance. I take a solution-oriented approach, which means that I concentrate on the child’s strengths and positive attributes. He or she can then use these as aids when dealing with the difficult situation he or she faces.

The coaching sessions are held in my practice. Alternatively, they can take place at your child’s school. You will need to make the necessary arrangements with the school yourself if this is your preferred option.

The coaching plan will cover a short period of time, and will generally consist of three to seven sessions in total.

Intake € 79 (75min)
Coaching session € 69 (60 min)
Schoolobservation/meeting with teacher € 69

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