We offer one-on-one coaching and consultation worldwide in our specialty areas and lived experience:
parenting, life transitions, and neurodivergence.
You don’t need therapy, but you feel like you need more…
You have a child or teen in therapy (maybe they’re neurodivergent or not), but you know they aren’t responsible for all the changes in the family, and you want to support them better.
“I don’t want to use their session time for ‘parent stuff,’ though.”
You’re not looking to delve into the deepest recesses of your childhood. Still, you’d like a “parenting coach” to offer you skills, support, and motivation to help you with the everyday communication and conflict resolution that can go sideways.
Or maybe you know what it means to be an ADHD’r. Maybe you’ve even had therapy in the past, but you could use some bolstering of those pesky executive functioning skills. You misplace things, procrastinate, and always seem to run behind! You’d love a neurodivergent coach to help you get started and work within those pesky time constraints that always seem to slip you up.
Possibly, you just started a new job and feel stuck and discouraged. The work and life balance are getting tricky, and you’d love tips and encouragement from a life coach to help with problem-solving, balance, and goal setting.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
The primary difference between coaching and therapy is that coaching is primarily skills-based and not focused on any particular trauma. This could be support based in motivation, mindfulness, and encouragement. When you start coaching sessions, you’re looking for solutions-focused strategies rooted in the present.
Coaching is a service for those who are not needing therapy at this time. At Nurtured Hope, we maintain open communication and will be happy to work with you if and when therapy may be a more appropriate path.
Therapy is the next level and involves delving into deeper self-exploration and trauma. It may be about lifelong patterns, diagnoses, and recurring thematic obstacles. For instance, a parent may have felt depressed for months and have the insight to recognize that they are feeling highly triggered during conflicts with their child.
Maybe they feel resentful and are aware they have a trauma history that could obstruct their ability to connect with their child. While they may be looking for skills, how their trauma experiences intersect with their role as a parent would best be explored in therapy. In therapy, they can go deeper when they feel ready and detangle their current family relationships from those of their past.
All our coaching and consultation programs are…
All neuorotypes are welcome here! We believe our differences make us unique, fun, and worth knowing. They are not something to be “fixed.” We know that language matters and clearly shows when others feel something “wrong” with us.
You won’t have that here. We genuinely honor neurodiversity in all its forms; that is such an ingrained mindset that it’s effortless.
Our training as trauma-informed therapists informs our philosophy and approaches with all clients. We recognize that more likely than not, most of our clients have experienced some trauma. All our services take this into account.
At Nurtured Hope, we celebrate your identity and abilities regardless of neurotype, gender, age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religion. We promote social justice and work hard to provide a safe harbor and the highest level of care for all we are honored to work with.
The foundation of our work and mission is to see and hear all voices and to witness those who may feel unseen or unacknowledged.
And they’re also based in…
We all have times we soar and times we sputter. Part of our philosophy is that everyone wants to do well when they feel able. Sometimes, they just don’t have the skills to do so. Our coaching program is based on practicing and mastering specialized skills for the goals you seek.
We take the practical application principles of traditional therapies and apply them to the real world, your unique situation, and who you are as an individual. You won’t always have time to fill out a worksheet or engage in mindful breathing poses when you’re in the middle of a situation. The individualized strategies we utilize for you are all designed to take you down the path you choose.
It’s no secret that motivated clients do well. If motivation is your struggle, then that’s where we start first. If you’re here, reading this, then that motivation is already there in some form. If you’re already three steps ahead and know exactly what you need, you’re ready to take the next step.
Here are our programs…
Inclusive Parent Coaching
So often, parenting in our fast-paced, rule-governed world unintentionally devolves into compliance seeking. With deadlines, schedules, activities, and basic needs, there’s no time for connection. We know you’re trying to do what’s best for your child, but often positive intent gets blurred as you meet the daily demands of a hectic life.
We want to help you see, hear, and genuinely understand each other – to be a bridge of translation between the gaps of misunderstanding between you and your child.
We’ll draw from various approaches (e.g., “Conscious Discipline,” “Beyond Behaviors,” “Collaborative Problem Solving,” and “Child-Parent Relationship Therapy”) to teach you play therapy skills, frustration tolerance, emotion regulation, and communication strategies.
While all services are individualized and incorporate the mentioned strategies, parent coaching for neurodivergent children is also sure to target executive functioning, initiation, transitions, and sensory awareness.
We’ll also explore how neurodivergence impacts who we are and how we can become misunderstood in our relationships with siblings, classmates, and family.
We call this program “Inclusive Parent Coaching” because it’s not restricted to any specific neurotype, and we welcome neurodivergent parents. You may have experienced hardships in childhood, feeling like your thoughts and words were dismissed. And because of that firsthand experience, you might be adamant that you won’t let your children be disrespected in the same way… or want to be more or less involved.
Whatever your situation or parenting needs, we’re excited to collaborate with you!
You could be autistic, an ADHD’r, or simply identify as “neuorospicy.”
When you’re making your way through a “neurotypical world,” you can often use some accommodations and support to form a bridge. Through coaching, we can explore what strategies have already worked for you and investigate what could still be helpful.
Whether transitioning, time blindness, executive functioning, rejection sensitivity, demand avoidance, or the need to be assertive and set boundaries, we’re here to help!
Life Transition Coaching
We experience so many transitions in our lives: first jobs, going to college, different relationships, professional endeavors, and living on our own… just to name a few.
Anxiety is a natural part of a new experience because parts are unfamiliar and unexpected. There will always be a bit of a learning curve, but there are skills and supports that can help you through.
Let’s get you what you need to feel more comfortable, prepared, and empowered during these transitions.
Mark Luzader, LCSW, and Patricia Lomando, LCSW, RPT-S, offer clinical consultation for neurodiversity-affirming care and parent support.
Mark has additional experience in non-speaking autistic children and navigating the public school systems. He provides lectures for his local community of Evansville, Indiana, on self-harm, trauma, and neurodiversity. He is open to offering video and virtual presentations on these topics.
Patricia has lived and specialized experience with hyperlexic, gifted, and twice-exceptional children and the support they may need in private, Montessori, and home school settings. She is a qualified supervisor in Florida and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S). She accepts interns and consultees in these areas on a limited basis.
Please feel free to inquire about special interests or how we might support you as psychotherapists in these important areas.
We’ve got this!
Sometimes, we want some backup and a focus on solutions!
We’re here to listen and support you in any way you need. If you have concerns, questions, or need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
We’re here and ready when you are. Give us a call: (786) 401-5603.