During parent coaching or parenting support sessions, we look at where your strengths lie and at what makes you a good parent. Bringing up children is not always the easiest of tasks. As a parent, you want things to go well for your child and you do all you can to make sure that your child leads a happy life. It can therefore be distressing to see your child struggling and not be able to help. You do, of course, want to help, but somehow nothing seems to work.
It can sometimes be difficult to work out how you can best help your child to find a solution to a problem. You don’t understand why your child is expressing himself/herself or acting in a particular way. Or perhaps you even blame yourself for not being able to stay calm, for example.
If something affects you, this says something about you as a person. Something within you has been affected. If you learn to see and listen to your child in a different way, you can then start to look for what you need. During the coaching sessions, we explore why we react and behave the way we do in our role as a parent. Parent coaching leads you to new insights, allowing for positive development. After all, a child interacts with its parent, and if there is a change in you, this often leads to a change in the behaviour exhibited by the child.
Parent coaching can also help partners to grow closer in terms of how they are bringing up their child, which is something that can often be a source of much conflict or tension. Any improvement will also have an impact on the child. Talking to an independent person can often be a good thing. It can help you to reach agreement on what you both find important in parenting your child.
The first step in every 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 and also what the goal will be of the coaching sessions.
If I think that I am not the right person to help you, 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 you 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.
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