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Personal Parent Coaching in Seattle WA

Parenting can be an overwhelming task and responsibility. Not all parents go into parenting with effective tools or a positive mindset, and that’s where parent coaching can help.

At Anchor Light, we provide judgment-free guidance to help you become a better parent and establish a deeper relationship with your child. We provide resources and methodologies to deal with erratic, challenging child behavior without resorting to fruitless and damaging parenting techniques like spanking, yelling or being overly permissive.

Our licensed family focused therapists will support you in feeling empowered to apply new strategies and create positive relationships between you and your children to improve the quality of your home life.

Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss how we can support you in becoming the parent you’ve always wanted to be.

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What is Parent Coaching?

Anchor Light’s therapists offer parent coaching that provides vital support and knowledge to parents looking for tools and techniques to navigate challenging parenting moments.

As licensed therapists we offer parent coaching to work with parents to help them gain the skills they need to raise resilient and emotionally healthy children. Our focus is on helping parents equip their kids with a problem-solving mindset in order to succeed later in their lives, no matter what challenges they face.

Our approach to coaching is tailored to every parents’ specific situation, as every home has its own dynamics, values and goals. Engaging in parent coaching is a great way to support the work your child is doing in child therapy or teen therapy.

We specialize in teaching parents how to set effective boundaries and develop communication skills that foster positive relationships. Through individualized coaching and therapy, we focus on giving parents and caregivers the resources they need to create an emotionally supportive home environment for their children.

Above all else, our goal is to create a trusting relationship between us and our clients so that together we can foster strong, healthy relationships between them and their child.

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Your Childhood Can Affect Your Parenting

It’s easy to overlook our past and childhood and its effect on how we go about fulfilling our parenting responsibilities. We absorb the parenting practices of our parents, whether good or bad and their examples inform our own choices.

For this reason, it’s important for us to think about our own experiences and reflect on what values we want to pass down as well as what behaviors we should avoid when raising children. Parent Coaching can be a wonderful way to support the work you are doing on yourself in individual or couples therapy.

Being mindful of our childhood can provide insight into both what kind of parents we would like to be and how best to help children lay the foundation for future successes. By recognizing our own parental influences and understanding their power, we can shape a better parenting style to create strong families with a promising future.

Why You Need a Parenting Coach

As a parent you will be constantly challenged with restructuring environments, problem-solving, negotiating different personalities and dealing with erratic emotions. It’s no wonder so many parents experience burn-out and feel overwhelmed.

That’s where Anchor Light’s certified parent coaching comes in. Our licensed therapists provide a unique type of support to families by utilizing parent coaching in conjunction with individual, child, teen, and couples therapy to help families identify areas that need attention and improvement, looking for strategies to improve their family dynamics in an effective way. We challenge outdated beliefs or roles and help parents find their own voice.

By providing support tailored to each family situation, our licensed therapists and parenting coaches can help turn chaos into peace and joy in the home.

We firmly believe that every family has its own definition of success. If you’re feeling lost on your journey through parenting, consider signing up for a free consultation from one of our parenting coaches.

Doing so could make a world of difference.

Our Licensed Parent Coaching Counselors

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Parenting Styles

Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parenting is characterized by its emphasis on hierarchical authority and rules. This style of parenting entails strict discipline, with a rigid set of expectations which are expected to be followed without question.

From enforcing specific bedtimes and dress codes, to monitoring every decision their children make, authoritarian parents aim to (but are not always successful) maintain an atmosphere of rules and order in their home.

Permissive Parenting

Permissive parenting is a popular form of parenting that involves being less strict and more accepting of the child’s behavior.

This form of parenting has certain advantages:

  • It can promote a close bond between the parent and the child
  • Help the child develop strong self-esteem and autonomy
  • Allow child(ren) to feel safe in their home environment

However, there are some potential risks associated with permissive parenting. Children who are not given firm boundaries may struggle with discipline as they grow older and they may also struggle to cope with failure or disappointment.

Permissive parenting can also lead to ‘pampering’ which can make it difficult for children to develop problem-solving skills or take responsibility for themselves later in life.

Uninvolved Parenting

Uninvolved parenting is categorized by parents providing for their children but not taking an active role in their lives. There may be certain benefits associated with this style of parenting such as greater independence and problem-solving skills. However, the drawbacks are quite severe and can include:

  • Kids feeling disconnected from their parents
  • Lacking guidance on important topics such as school, health and extracurricular activities
  • An inability to learn important social skills
  • Decreased self-esteem due to lack of parental support

Authoritative Parenting

Being an authoritative parent means modeling behaviors that demonstrate love and respect while also setting firm boundaries and expectations.

At its core, it is about parenting with kindness and clarity. Authoritative parents provide the structure that children need to thrive, while still respecting the individual needs of their children.

With this approach, parents remain consistent in parental discipline and guidance, yet flexible enough to make reasonable accommodations for their child’s individual preferences and behaviors.

This type of parenting allows children to develop important social abilities such as empathy, responsibility, communication skills, problem-solving skills, cooperation, self-confidence and resilience.

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You Might Be Thinking..

What does a parenting coach do?

A parenting coach provides personalized guidance designed to meet the needs of each family. Through goal setting and hands-on activities, parenting coaches develop actionable strategies that parents and their children can use at home.

Parenting coaches should have a focus on helping parents identify practical solutions to parenting challenges through positive reinforcement and long-term behavior management strategies.

By working with experienced professionals who have ideas and plans supported by experience, data and academic research, parents can learn essential skills and gain confidence in their parenting ability.​

Is there such a thing as a parenting coach or therapist?

Our childhoods determine much of which we pass on to our children. Not everyone has a good childhood. Even people with healthy and nurturing childhoods can find the parental journey challenging.

A parenting coach or therapist is someone who is there to provide non-judgemental support through constructive ideas to improve their client’s family life. There are many parenting styles, some that can be damaging. Parents might unknowingly engage in these destructive parenting styles and a parenting coach can help them guide in the correct direction.

 

How much does it cost?

Therapy creates a space for you to experience healing and progress in a way that can change your life. But of course, it’s also an investment of both time and finances. When you’re ready to commit to healing and transformation, here is what you can expect.

Standard individual session
(50 minutes) $175
(25 minutes) $87.50

Insurance

We do not participate with any insurance panels. Anchor Light Therapy Collective is considered an out-of-network provider. 

As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, We are happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider. 

Out of Nework Insurance Options