Rates and Services - Parental Coaching

What is Parental Coaching?


Coaching can be defined as "the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another" (Downey, 1999, p.15). 

When speaking of Parental Coaching the same definition applies. What we do when coaching parents is exactly the same - we help parents to deal better with their children and facilitate continued growth. Sometimes all a parent requires is an 'outside' person to assist them with identifying problems, choosing goals, making decisions, implementing plans and finally evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention.

The one difference with how Dr Holland works with parents is that he combines his knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support, Psychology, and Parenting with Coaching so as to choose, develop and implement observable and measurable targets for parents to strive for. In addition Paul encourages small steps so that all involved are successsful and in addition so that the devised strategies are effective over time.

How often will I need to see my Coach?

More often than not parents see Dr Holland just the once. However it is recommended that follow-up sessions are conducted to ensure a consistent and successful intervention.

Will my child see Dr Holland?

This is completely up to the parent. Sometimes it helps for Dr Holland to listen to the child's point of view so that a complete and well-rounded intervention can be created. Often what is lacking with parent/child relationships is clear communication. It is important that all concerned have a say, so from this perspective (depending on the age and ability of the child) it is beneficial for Paul to also meet your child.

Where do I see my Coach?

Ideally Dr Holland prefers to visit you in your home. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, the home environment is where you spend most of the time with your child. Secondly, if you are having difficulties with your child, it is best for Paul to observe you and your child within a natural or 'typical' environment or the environment in which the difficulties occur. Third, if Paul comes to you then you do not have to travel and often this fits well with working parents and children that attend school.

How much does it cost?

The fee for Parental Coaching is £120 per hour. Invariably you will only need to see Dr Holland once or twice.

What about travel costs?

Dr Holland charges only for the actual travel cost with the London area. For journeys over 1 hour, 50% of the hourly rate is charged for every hour travelled in addition to the actual (Economy) travel cost.

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