For over 25 years, Laurel has been supporting family wellness through her offline and online coaching.
Her coaching began in the Indigenous community as a Job Search coach helping those who had lost jobs not only find and secure employment but housing and childcare as well. It was this Indigenous cultural experience that exposed her to the connection of mind, body and spirit as it supports personal wellness as well as the profound need to connect with all of earth's gifts as a key element of wellness.
When Laurel became pregnant with her first child, she decided to launch her own private coaching practice to spend more time with her toddler. Motherhood came with many unexpected twists and turns which is when she started to focus her work on supporting moms with her company Opti-Mom. Moms kept asking for her advice on how to best support their children and so in 2010 Laurel re-focused her coaching practice to working with children (and their families) specific to issues related to anxiety (something she struggled with and overcame).
Laurel's life-long passion and work with children (including her background in Child Studies from Brock University) includes program development , numerous speaking engagements that support family wellness and her international, online conference for families, Children's Wellness International supporting the whole child wellness.
How Laurel's Coaching Works:
Every family books a FREE, 20 minute, initial conversation with Laurel via Zoom to ensure that there is a bond; SO important in successfully working with kids. Through a simple wellness assessment that Laurel developed, she and the child will uncover specific areas the child wishes to change. Together they will find strategies that best support each child's unique needs.
Each 30 minute session is full of humour and play-based activities to ensure the child is fully engaged in the process.
Areas of Service:
Laurel's coaching supports kids ages 4 - 18 who are highly sensitive and are dealing with issues such as anxiety/worry, sleep issues, bullying as just a few examples.
Number of Sessions:
Each child requires a different number of sessions but typically 2 - 5 30 minute sessions do the trick!
$80 CAD for 30 minutes due upon receipt.
Do Benefits Cover the Costs:
Laurel's services are NOT currently covered under insurance.
Subject: Online Learning
Scenario: Refusing to Attend
7 year old refused to participate in online learning platform.
Laurel completed one coaching session and made a few recommendations to parent INCLUDING creating their own office space to work from.
Child excitedly created their own learning environment (aka office) and enthusiastically went to school the following day excited to learn! p.s. Parent was just as excited! (LOL)
Scenario: "Busy Brain Syndrome"
5 year old unable to fall or stay asleep in their own room because of their fears of the dark. Child was sleeping with mum and mum (who was working and going to school full time) was not getting any sleep.
Several recommendations were made to mum INCLUDING using a "magic" salt lamp and removing the t.v. from child's room.
Mum removed t.v. from child's bedroom, made bed time super "boring" (incorporated story time outside of the bed time routine) and added the "magic" salt lamp. Child now sleeps happily in their own room!
p.s. Mum is now sleeping happily in her own room! (LOL)