Why Play and Art?

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Play and art child coaching speaks the language of children. Children use the language of play for self-expression. They play and communicate their thoughts, wants, needs, problems, obstacles, and goals. Children use play to set goals, solve problems, and create a positive vision.

My Philosophy

I believe children are doing the very best they can all the time. When they learn the skills they need, they do better. They can and do grow and develop in the face of their problems.

Children develop confidence in themselves when conversation and play focus on their strengths. They have within them an inner drive to grow and solve problems.

I believe children are uniquely themselves. They have their own individual needs, difficulties, and goals

I believe all children require a safe place to grow. This includes boundaries, support, new skills, knowledge, and self-expression.

Why Coaching for Your Child?

Childhood is a constant state of growth. In their lives, children face challenges. Coaching can help them meet those obstacles, become more resilient, and thrive in the face of adversity. Coaching can help your child with life challenges such as:

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  • Family life
  • Friendships
  • Traumatic Experiences
  • Fears
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Sleeping problems
  • Coping
  • Self-expression
  • Self-control
  • Responsibility
  • School
  • Teachers
  • Learning
  • Social skills
  • Attitudes
  • Behavior
  • Health
  • Brothers & sisters
  • Family life
  • Motivation
  • Self-esteem
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-confidence
  • Bullying
  • Resilience
  • Positive thinking
  • Assertiveness

Coaching Is NOT Therapy or Counseling

Psychotherapy and counseling are indicated for children with a diagnosable mental disorder. Coaching is helpful for children who are facing problems in living.

All people face hurdles in life. Some of them have the support, encouragement, and skills to triumph over those obstacles. Others just need a little help.

Coaching is not treatment. It is help.

Coaching is a conversation. Child coaching is a discussion with an interested adult who girls skippinglistens with care, pays deep attention, and speaks the language of children.

My Child Coaching Qualifications

My qualifications to be your child’s life coach are many. Initially, I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and have 15 years of experience working with children in public, private, and special schools. I taught children who had been given a variety of labels to express their school, learning and behavior problems

Later, I worked on my second Master’s Degree with World Class Child Therapist, Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. as my main teacher. She is the author of Windows to Our Children and a trainer for people who work as teachers, social workers, therapists, and coaches with children all over the world. I spent another few years in my own play and art experience with her working on my personal challenges. During that time, I learned the theory and experienced the actual practice of her methods. I spent another 15 years working as a child therapist in my California therapy practice.

I have gone back to school to become board certified in coaching (BCC) and now only take coaching clients. I believe in coaching as a method of helping children achieve their full potential, become resilience, and walk their unique and individual path to a full and rich life.

I work in my office in Murfreesboro, TN or online in special circumstances.

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• Contact Me

I offer in person Life Coaching  in my Murfreesboro, TN office, on the telephone via teleconference or online via videoconference.

If you’d like to make an appointment, call me at:

Telephone: (615) 464-3791

Or write me at:

email: aGentleDrlaura@ColemanLifeCoaching.com

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