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 Parent coaching changes lives!

Could you use a little help…

  Calming the chaos in your home

  Reversing parent burnout

♦  Gaining positive coping skills

♦  Balancing the demands of special needs parenting

  Restoring hope, harmony, and wholeness

  Untangling and reducing your own stress, anger, and overwhelm

♦  Enforcing physical and emotional safety for all family members

  Creating and maintaining healthy relationships

♦  Setting and enforcing appropriate boundaries

♦  Learning parenting skills that meet the needs of your child

♦  Connecting all the pieces and making them work for you

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, parent coaching may be your next step!

What is parent coaching?

Parenting kids who struggle with intense emotional and behavior issues is not for the faint of heart! In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. It requires a tremendous amount of courage, perseverance, tenacity, and strength. It’s also a job that is too big to do alone! Coaching is a powerful, solution-focused transformation process designed to help you successfully navigate the journey.

In a nutshell, coaching is the act of partnering with you and guiding you through the process of healing your life and reclaiming hope. Unlike other services that focus primarily on your child, coaching is focused on you, the parent. It’s all about meeting your needs, building a strong, healthy foundation for you, empowering you to become a strong change-agent for your child, and then refining the parenting tools and skills you need to make that happen and restore peace to your home.

Courageous Parent Empowerment System

A proven system that works

It’s pretty tough to effectively parent high-needs kids if you are exhausted, burned out, angry, apathetic or lacking the specialized parenting tools and skills needed to meet the needs of your child. I developed the Courageous Parent Empowerment System to help change all of that. Each step is based on what I know, both from research and my own personal experience, about what it takes for children, parents, and families to heal. As we work through each step in the right order, you will gain exactly what you need to climb out of the dark trenches of chaos, find hope and healing for yourself, and inspire your family to follow you.

I’ve been in those dark, scary, mega-stressful and overwhelming places myself. These are the exact steps I used to climb out of my own dark abyss. They are also the same steps I’ve used for more than a decade to help other parents find their way out and restore peace and light in their lives. I’m confident they can help you, too!

How the system works

There are four phases to the system. We work them in order and progress through them at your pace. Sometimes we can move through them fairly quickly. More often than not, though, once we start really digging into things, we find some missing pieces or road blocks that need to be addressed.

Urgent Phase: This is a parenting emergency room of sorts. We’ll spend a few weeks working on calming the storm. We will address some common pitfalls that frequently (and significantly) contribute to chaos and parent burnout. We will also put some quick interventions in place to start turning thing around right away.

Foundation Phase: This phase is all about you. Our goal here is to dig deep, repair and refill your own emotional bucket, and build a strong and healthy foundation for you to stand on. We moms are the ones on the front line. We’re also responsible for holding everything together and making things happen for the entire family. It is impossible to do this well, or even at all, if we’re stressed out, depleated, and exhausted ourselves.

I get that a lot of people want to skip this phase and just fix the kid who is causing all the problems. Here’s the thing with that, though. That’s what almost every other program out there does. It’s also why so many of them either don’t work or aren’t sustainable for the long haul! In almost every case I’ve worked with, what families need most is not some kind of new-fangled treatment or magic bullet that will fix the kids. I firmly believe the key to lasting healing for everyone is to support, train, educate, and heal parents…especially mothers…first. This foundation phase is the reason coaching works when so many other programs fail!

Relationships Phase: Once we’ve got you back in a good place yourself, then it’s time to focus on the kids and other relationships. This is where the magic really starts to happen, too. It’s no secret that the most powerful and significant healing happens at home…and it happens through relationships. We’ll take all those parenting tips, tools, and relationship skills you’ve learned over the years and fine tune them so they work for you and the specific situations (and people) in your life.

Permanency: We want those positive changes you’ve worked so hard to make happen to last a lifetime. That’s what this final phase is about. It’s all about stabilization, getting through the setbacks, and reclaiming your own light, life, and serenity.

The best part

The best part that everything we do is done under the umbrella of Developmental Trauma and/or special needs parenting. While others may view these things as symptoms of a problem or pieces of the overall puzzle (if they even get it at all), my system considers early childhood trauma exposure and parenting invisible special needs to be the driving force everything. They determine how, when, and also if anything happens.

They are also the structure and framework on which everything we do together is built. I get how these things affect and change the whole family. I understand the limitations they place on you as a parent and the strain the put on your relationships. No explaination is needed and no judgement will happen.

A positive change in parents naturally brings positive changes in children, including the challenging ones!

“My outlook on parenting through the future and on life overall has shifted drastically. I have found myself and I am able to know some confidence in our future. Like every parent, there are still plenty of hard days that end with the question of whether I made the right choices, there is still the exhaustion sometimes too. What I’ve dropped from my parenting is the questioning of myself about whether I am capable, whether It is possible for me to guide my children to a satisfying adulthood. I don’t miss those questions.”

-Carissa M.

“My experience with Diana helped me to gain the tools and resources I needed to feel like I could get back up on my feet. She helps me see that it’s worth it to keep trying. Beyond that, I’ve tried therapy before. While it works for a few things, therapy couldn’t provide me with a self-paced plan of action that targeted my core belief systems. As a writer, I use the Hero’s Journey writing model all the time. It states that a hero must meet with a mentor in order to learn and become the best hero they can be. I see coaching in this perspective. Diana is my mentor in becoming the best version of myself.”

–Kirsten E.

“I am now able to understand why two adults who both experienced extreme trauma during childhood can go in circles, hour after hour, disagreeing and yelling at each other.  As Diana helped me understand, the wiring in the brain is NOT normal when trauma is experienced by children; especially if the child is younger than 4 or 5 years old when the adverse situation happens.”

–Sara A.

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