Parent Coaching

Stay Calm and Call a Parent Coach!

North County & Coastal   805-904-1411

South County & SLO   805-709-2023

Spanish Speaking  North County & Coastal  805-712-5038

Spanish Speaking South County & SLO 805-540-1223

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

Ron Huxley

Ron Huxley

Ron Huxley

Parent Coach

Ron Huxley has been working to help families heal since 1990. Ron believes in taking a strength-based approach that builds on solutions. He believes that the “person is not the problem, the problem is the problem” and he creates strategies that fit each family situation in the shortest time necessary.  Ron has spoken to parents about the importance of having a trauma-informed home or organization in every conceivable setting, from a Women’s Prison to Parent/Teacher Conferences to Corporate Board Rooms. Ron has many published articles and television appearances.

Ron has been trained in many different parent education curriculum including; Incredible Years Parenting Certification, Family Wellness Instructor Training, S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) Trainer, Love and Logic Parenting Training, Work/Family Directions Facilitator/Corporate Coach.  He is also certified in many specialized clinical expertise including; “Love After Marriage” Couples Coaching and many more.

To have a Parent Coaching session please call 805-543-3700.

Bessy Hoffman

Bessy Hoffman

Bessy Hoffman

Parent Coach

Bessy has worked in the education industry for over twenty-seven years. Starting in Los Angeles and later moving to Atascadero, she has specialized in bilingual and special education in both school districts. Bessy has received the Golden Oak award, which is the PTA’s highest honor for excellence in working with and providing for the welfare of children in our local community. Bessy’s constant drive for the welfare and success of all the families that she works with also led to her being named Santa Rosa Academic Academy’s Employee of the Year in 2013. With her exceptional experience in community resources and social services, Bessy constantly strives to provide a secure future for all local and bilingual families. Contact Bessy today for Parent Coaching at 805-712-5038

Bessy ha trabajado en la industria de la educacion por mas de 27 años, su carrera comenzó en la Condado de los Angeles y posteriormente en el distrito escolar de Atascadero, ella se ha especializado en educación bilingüe y educación especial en los dos distritos escolares. Bessy ha recibido el Golden Oak Award que es el galardón de honor que la Asociación de Padres y Maestros P.T.A. (por sus siglas en Ingles) otorga a los niños en nuestra comunidad local. El constante impulso de Bessy por el bienestar y el éxito de todas las familias con quienes trabaja también la elevaron en el año 2013 a ser nombrada Empleada del Año en la Academia Academica Santa Rosa en Atascadero. Bessy está certificada en disciplina positiva y continúa su educación con el entrenador Bill Spencer de coneccion para capacitación a los Padres (Parent Connection). Bessy tiene una experiencia excepcional en proporcionar seguridad a las familias, padres y personas al cuidado de los niños dándoles la mejor educación para ayudarlos a tener un futuro exitoso por medio de una buena relación y acercamiento con sus hijos,  Bessy provee capacitación gratuita y confidencial para padres por teléfono y en persona en el Condado Norte (North County)

Por favor llamarla al teléfono de la coneccion de capacitación para padres de familia 805-712-5038

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

Gwendolyn Garcia

Gwendolyn Garcia

Gwendolyn Garcia

Parent Coach

Garcia graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology and also holds Associate Degrees in Early Child Development and Behavioral Sciences. Impressively, while completing her studies at Cal Poly, she received training through Active Parenting and Positive Discipline parent education curriculum.  She was a preschool teacher with Early Head Start at Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, where she worked with children ages infants to three years old. Previously, Gwen was a co-Teacher working with pre-schoolers at the County Office of Education in Paso Robles and Shandon.  Gwendolyn has lived in San Luis Obispo county for the majority of her life and loves the fact that she and her husband are raising their children here.  She is a mother, step-mother, and foster parent to a variety of ages from 6 to 18.  She loves to help parents recognize their strengths and build on what is good and working in the parent-child relationship.  Contact:  Gwen for free and confidential parent coaching on the telephone and in person in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached on the Parent Connection Resource Line at (805) 543-3700, or

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