Positive Discipline Parent Coaching

parent coaching and positive disciplineBased on Positive Discipline, a model developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen, AFC offers Austin parent coaching and workshops focused on helping parents feel empowered and encouraged, while also using discipline as a way to teach and inspire children. Positive Discipline provides parents and caregivers with non-punitive methods to inspire children to develop valuable social and life skills. Some of the challenges we can help parents navigate in parent coaching sessions include bedtime, homework, tantrums, sibling rivalry, defiance, school issues, and self-esteem, among many others. We will help you experience being in your child’s shoes so that you can better understand your child first, and then equip you with new and positive tools to collaborate with your child. We offer both individual parent coaching sessions as well as workshops with other parents

More About Positive Discipline:

Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and co-authors Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.

Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for “effective discipline that teaches”:

Five Criteria For Positive Discipline
  1. Is it kind and firm at the same time? (Respectful and encouraging)
  2. Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance? (Connection)
  3. Is it effective long-term? (Punishment works short term, but has negative long- term results.)
  4. Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character? (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)
  5. Does it invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways?
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Austin Therapists Specializing In Parent Coaching

Michelle Beyer, LPC-Intern
Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Karen Burke, LPC-S.  She strives to create a safe and warm relationship with her clients so that they feel comfortable expressing themselves and creating the change they desire.

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Julie Burke, LPC-Intern
Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Susan Gonzales, LPC-S, LMFT-S.  She is passionate about working with children, teenagers, and their family members in a welcoming, judgment-free setting to provide a safe place for guidance and support through life’s various changes and challenges.

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Spenser Crain, LPC-Intern
Spenser is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Lora Ferguson, LPC-S. She supports parents as they process the complex feelings often associated with finding out one’s child has special needs and build coping strategies for stressful situations.

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Lisa DeGraff, LMSW
Lisa is a Licensed Master Social Worker supervised by Tammy Linseisen, LCSW. In parent coaching, Lisa strives to help demystify and provide guidance through the inevitable challenges that parents and families face.

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Leanna Hammett, LPC-Intern
Leanna is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She seeks to provide a nonjudgmental, empathetic ear, walking alongside the client on whatever their path may be.

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Lora Ferguson, LPC-S
Lora is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Co-Director of Austin Family Counseling. She incorporates her experience as a parent and her years of counseling to better serve clients at Austin Family Counseling.

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Sumati Morris, LPC
Sumati is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She believes that therapy is a special time for individuals to explore their identity and to focus on the person they wish to be or become.

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Morgan Rupe, LPC-InternMorgan Rupe, LPC-Intern
Morgan is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Kirby Schroeder, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Morgan believes every person has unique strengths which help them work through these inevitable difficulties. She loves working with children, adolescents and their parents as they overcome life’s challenges.

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austin parent coaching Kirby Schroeder, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Kirby is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, and Co-Director of Austin Family Counseling. Kirby finds that Play Therapy and Sandtray Therapy is most beneficial when working with clients.

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Edit 1bGrace Shook, LPC-Intern
Grace is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Lora Ferguson, LPC-S. She believes in a collaborative approach to cultivate a safe and comfortable environment where you can work together to see things in a new perspective, make healthy changes, and feel empowered to overcome life’s difficulties.

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Julie Smith, LMFT-Associate
Julie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate supervised by Kirby Schroeder, LMFT-S, LPC-S. She has a passion for adolescents and their families and likes to work collaboratively with the family to see what needs can be met.

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Laura Strohm, LCSW
Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She helps parents with understanding why behaviors might be happening. Laura strives to help families identify strengths and even small progress in the family that can be celebrated to increase self confidence and motivation to keep moving forward.

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