Parent Coaching

Stay Calm and Call a Parent Coach!

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If you are a caregiver who is looking for insight to challenging child and teen behavior(s), how to set realistic limits, effective communication, and teaching your child responsibilities, then contact a parent coach who will help you to generate solutions to every day parenting problems.

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How are Therapy and Coaching different?

Anyone can benefit from working with a coach, and some people need therapy in addition to or instead of coaching. Coaching is a results-focused and goal-oriented process to help you create a parenting plan, learn new parenting skills, form better parent-child relationships, and build upon your families strengths. 

For those who may be experiencing a clinical need like depression or anxiety, we will recommend working with a therapist in addition to, or instead of coaching.

Coaches work with individuals to help them have the kind of lives they want. While there is no specific degree or license required to practice as a coach, all Parent Connection coaches are rigorously vetted, certified, and trained in evidence-based and informed parenting curriculums.

Therapy can be provided by therapists or psychologists.  Therapists can have a variety of titles (counselors, therapists, clinicians, etc.). What they have in common is a masters degree (M.A., or M.S.) in clinical psychology or a related field and are licensed in the state in which they practice. Common licenses include Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). These therapists are also trained in the assessment and treatment of mental health concerns.  Psychologists have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., or Psy.D.) in clinical psychology or a related field such as counseling psychology or education and are licensed in the state in which they practice. They are trained in the assessment and treatment of mental health concerns.

What is a Parent Coach?

Parent coaches are professionals with years of experience who listen with compassion to parent’s concerns. We help you sort through conflicting advice and minimize information overload while supporting proven, effective strategies to find clarity with our parenting.

Many of us grew up with parenting approaches that don’t fit with the parenting challenges of today. With our own children, we want to find a better way to parent. We know that parenting situations are often emotionally charged; coaching can help a parent find calm in the chaos and stay focused on what is most important, the  parent-child relationship.

What is a coaching conversation?

* Create age-appropriate, brain-based strategies which address the child’s unique challenges
* Build parental strengths and draw on the parent’s inner wisdom
* Encourage self-care practices that can be woven into daily life
* Expand a parent’s self-awareness, confidence, and competence, with realistic progress that leads to sustainable positive changes
* Provide support so that more satisfaction, peace, and enjoyment is experienced

What is the cost for a coaching session?

Each session is free for all families in SLO County.

Who are the coaching sessions for?

Coaching is available to anyone in a parenting or caregiving role.

Are coaching sessions private?

Yes, all of our coaching sessions are provided by phone or zoom.  Each session is confidential.

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer

Parent Coach

Bill has worked as a teacher, counselor and principal in the public schools for over 30 years. He is a Certified Positive Discipline Associate parent educator and has provided trainings for parents and teachers throughout the United States. Presently, Bill facilitates parent education classes and coaching services through the Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County. Understanding the pressures and demands that parents are under in these uncertain times, Bill provides support and encouragements for parents to be the best they can be. Bill is there to help them through the journey of parenthood and to create a plan that will work for them and their child. Bill is married to a former first grade teacher and has two grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Bill provides free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person at The LINK Family Resource Center in Atascadero. He can be reached by calling the Parent Connection HelpLine at (805) 904-1411 or by emailing

Claudia Riley

Claudia Riley

Claudia Riley

Spanish Parent Coach & Educator

Claudia Riley is a parent, personal growth and leadership mentor and coach. After obtaining her certification as a Coach and Speaker through the prestigious John Maxwell Team institute, she decided to deepen and diversify her knowledge through the millenary practice of yoga and acquire her certification as an instructor in 2019. She is a certified Positive Discipline Educator.  She shares her knowledge by sharing messages that come from the heart, she has entitled this practice “Education that Liberates.”

Her passion for her Latinx roots motivates her to educate and create opportunities for development and inclusion for Latinx. Her enthusiasm for learning and continuing to educate herself drives her to keep working and paving the way for the community she loves so much. Her main goal is to inspire human beings to reach their full potential, and her philosophy is: “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we do not grow, we aren’t really living.”

She was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia and despite the challenges she experienced, she has managed to overcome many obstacles to make her dreams come true and now she dedicates her life to teaching others how to do the same.

To schedule a coaching session with Claudia call her at 805-540-1223 or email at


Claudia Riley es mentora y entrenadora de crianza, crecimiento personal y liderazgo. Luego de obtener su certificación como Coach y Oradora a través del prestigioso instituto de John Maxwell Team decidió profundizar y diversificar sus conocimientos a través de la milenaria práctica de yoga y adquirir su certificación como instructora en el 2019.  Ella es una Educadora de Disciplina Positiva certificada. Comparte sus conocimientos a través de mensajes que surgen de su corazón y que ha titulado “Enseñanzas que Liberan”.


Su pasión por sus raíces latinx la motiva a educar y crear oportunidades de desarrollo e inclusión para los latinx. Su entusiasmo por aprender y continuar educándose la impulsan a seguir trabajando y abriendo caminos para la comunidad que tanto ama. Su mayor objetivo es inspirar a los seres humanos a alcanzar su máximo potencial, y su filosofía es: “Si no cambiamos, no crecemos. Si no crecemos, realmente no estamos viviendo”.

Nació y creció en Medellín, Colombia y a pesar de los retos que vivió ella ha logrado superar muchos obstáculos para hacer realidad sus sueños y ahora dedica su vida a enseñar a los demás cómo hacer lo mismo.

 Para programar una sesión de coaching con Claudia, llámela al 805-540-1223 o envíe un correo electrónico a

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