What I offer


“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.” 
Matt Walshhands-1509113


Coaching parents is all about creating space for proactive, reflective parenting.  I don’t offer advice or teaching a particular parenting style.  My role is all about enabling parents to identify what it is they and they’re family want, need and how to achieve this.

I do this through:

  • 1:1 coaching
  • Couples coaching
  • Workshops and group programmes
  • E coaching
  • Follow the link for more details about each of these types of coaching
Parenting a child or young person is immensely rewarding, intense, fun, challenging, emotional experience. For the majority of people this is a wonderful roller coaster of highs and lows rather than a smooth straight path.

In my own experience of parenting both my own children and as a foster carer I know that no child is the same and what works well for one child might be totally different for another.  Circumstances and peer groups can also have a massive impact upon a child as well as how we parent.  This can mean that however much experience and however many skills a parent has there are still times when it is difficult to know how to move forward.  Each child’s journey to adulthood is unique and comes with it’s own set of highs and lows. I have yet to meet anyone who has parented a child to adulthood without both wonderful moments, precious memories and also challenging times along the way!

There are many people who are very competent and skilled parents who hit a challenging period in their child’s development and find themselves feeling isolated and overwhelmed.  In these situations it can be difficult to see a way forward when in the thick of it.  Yet often with the benefit of the time, space and support that coaching offers they are able to find ways forward that work for their family.


I have gained confidence by going through the process and working out a clear strategy to deal with the given problem, even if it seemed  unsolvable before.

A mum, Stroud

Parent coaching differs from other forms of support such as parent classes in that it does not teaching a style or parenting or advise – it is totally focused on enabling parents to find their own way forward.  It is very suited to proactive parents who may find themselves stuck with a specific area of parenting or issue with their child or family life and require time to talk, think and reflect with a coach to uncover new possibilities and ideas.

“Life changing”

A mum, Cheltenham

“It has changed the way I think about things.”

A mum, Churchdown

As with other coaching this is achieved through skilled listening, questioning and reflections in a positive and supportive coaching relationship.

Parent coaching can help parents facing all sorts of challenges including:

  • Sleep (or lack of)
  • Screen time battles
  • Behaviour challenges
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of confidence
  • Work life balance
  • Single parent challenges
  • Fussy eating
  • Blended families
  • Sibling issues
  • Parenting through divorce and relationship breakdown
  • School issues


“I have more hope, excitement for the future rather than fear”

A mum, Churchdown



Parent coaching can offer a positive and empowering approach to handling your specific family needs.  This available in the form of themed workshops or on a 1:1 basis via Skype or telephone so location need not be a limitation.

“I am not alone.”

A mum, Gloucestershire

As with all forms of coaching this involves using listening, questioning, reflection, challenge and support to enable the client to work out how to achieve their goals.

For further information please contact me via e-mail: juliecresswell@optimum-coaching.co.uk  or via mobile: 07745448871