Rhona Berens (ACC,CPCC,PhD)
Let’s face it., most parents—myself included—spend a lot of time focusing on, and advocating for, our kids. Even when our children drive us crazy, or leave us frazzled and exhausted, if we’re devoted parents, then, our kids take center-stage in our lives. I get it. I do it with my 6 yo and my 2 yo. I also work hard to help parents remember that our relationship satisfaction and co-parenting success (with spouses, not just exes) are crucial to our kids’ developmental health, not to mention our own individual and relationship happiness. I call myself a Parent Advocate, because we’re so busy advocating for our kids, that someone’s got to remember to keep our fulfillment in mind and offer tips and tools to help parents stay sane and stay together (or stay sane when we co-parent with our exes). I'm happy to play that part. I know it often feels impossible to carve out a few minutes to breathe, never mind find time to connect with our spouses, or get into a better relationship with our inner critics (yes, I believe we have relationships with our inner cricis). I also know that if we care for ourselves and our relationships, not only will we be happier and more energized, we'll also raise happier kids.
Here are some of my professional details: I'm on the Advisory Board of The Children's Project, a non-profit devoted to helping parents, teachers and communities raise emotionally healthy kids. I'm trained as a Certified Individual Coach by the Coaches Training Institute, as a Relationship Coach by the Center for Right Relationship and I'm accredited by the International Coach Federation.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
Ever since I can remember, I've experienced the greatest joy in life helping others. As a kid, that trend began by lending a supportive ear to my friends. Now, I coach parents and the professionals who support them (e.g., teachers, prenatal and perinatal professionals) achieve greater fulfillment and learn new tools for positive communication, productive conflict and self-care. While I spend a lot of time with clients helping them improve their relationships with others, I spend as much time helping them improve their relationships with themselves. Funny thing is, the more we improve our relationship with ourselves, the more our relationships with others thrive.
Spiritual, but no affiliation
Over $120 per session