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Answers to frequently asked questions about Parent Coaching.

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How does parent coaching work?

Parent coaching is done by you, the parent(s), meeting or phoning at a scheduled time.  Calls last for 50 minutes and initially happen weekly. We develop your specific, personal goals and discuss how to get there.  Each call is focused on providing you with support, consultation, and compassion and helping you reach your parenting goals.  I  am your team member, supporter, encourager, co-brainstormer, collaborator, and special need child development consultant- helping to facilitate change.


Coaching/therapy same thing, right?

As an MSW, I am both a Coach and a Therapist, I choose to work with parents on the same path as myself as a Coach. Coaching is a collaborative process by which you, the client choose the goals you want to work on or the situations your family could use guidance.  Then we work together to co-create a preferred future based on your goals, and take action toward making your dream a reality.   As your coach, I help to keep you on target and provide support, consultation, and suggestions to help you achieve your goals.  The intention of coaching is for improvement, achievement, and greater fulfillment, it is much more collaborative and self directed than therapy.

Similarly, in therapy, the client makes changes to see improvements but it is the therapist who takes the lead in directing the client.  The therapist primarily directs the process of treatment and assumes responsibility for it. It is perfectly fine, and quite common, for an individual to participate in both coaching and therapy simultaneously.  In these cases, coaching is a supplemental service that offers support around parenting issues.

Coaching is goal driven.  You will be done when you meet your goals.  Some clients find the process gratifying and  choose to develop new goals to continue coaching.  Others come back when a new issue or challenge arises.

Most coaching clients meet their goals within 8-12 sessions.  How quickly you meet your goals is dependent upon you and your willingness to participate in the transformation.

What type of issues can a special need parent coach help with?

  • Implement personal care for the caregiver/parent.
  • How to set up a structured but livable home to support a child with ASD, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety.
  • Exploring alternative, nutritional or biomedical options for your child and family.
  • Gain a sense of control and peace with your child’s special diagnosis.
  • Develop and maintain emotional, physical and intellectual health.
  • Increase family strength and maintain balance.
  • Develop tools for individual and family stress management.
  • Benefit from a confidential confidant for your individual family concerns.
  • Become empowered and strengthened in your parenting ability.
  • Assess you and your partner’s parenting styles, learn how to leverage the strengths of each of your styles to deal more effectively with your current parenting challenge.

Will you work with my children?

No. I am trained to work with parents and care-givers. Parents influence the entire family, they set the tone and lead by example. When a parent makes positive changes, these overflow to the children and the entire family system improves.


Where does coaching take place?

Primarily, coaching takes place over the phone.  I have found that it is most convenient for my clients to speak with me while children are in school or when the parent has a break.  If you live in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area and prefer to speak face to face, we can discuss meeting in a mutually agreed upon location.

How much does coaching cost?

Current pricing schedule:

  • $150 for one-time intake appointment
  • $150 for one-hour individual session (including a brief 5-10 minute call, if necessary for clarification, questions, or quick updates after the session.)
  • $825 block of six 50-minute sessions
  • $1200 twelve-session package plan when paid in advance

Please note it is my preference to work with parents who commit to at least an initial block of six sessions. I do this in order to enhance the likelihood of your success. Single session consultations do not typically allow for the natural learning processes to develop, and therefore this agreement presumes we begin with four sessions of coaching. After that, individual sessions can be arranged. ~ Shari Grande, MSW

What methods of payments do you accept?

I accept cash, check and credit cards through PayPal.


Will you bill my insurance?

At this time, coaching is not an insurance reimbursable activity.  In order to bill insurance, there must be an identified patient with a diagnosis to treat.  Because coaching assumes a state of health and functioning at the outset, no diagnosis can be assigned.


What is the cancellation procedure?

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. There will be no refund or credit for cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to a scheduled coaching session, unless Shari can arrange another mutually workable time during the same week as the scheduled appointment.

Call for more information – 415.385.7154