Family Coaching

Family Coaching

How it Differs From Counseling

Family coaching is often used by parents who believe they can be helped without the intensity of counseling services. Many of the parents that use Family Coaching understand that they could benefit from strengthening their parenting skills. Even though Family Coaching is generally used to help a child thrive, parents or caregivers are the ones participating in the services.

Family Coaching differs from counseling in that it is less intense and is skill-building in nature. Instead of providing counseling where the client processes thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, family coaches complete an assessment and offer practical tips for the caregivers. They use the concepts of attachment, emotional regulation, and child development as their foundation.

Family Coaches share information in a way that is easy to understand and apply. They make sure that caregivers have the most important information which will result in the best parenting decisions. Additionally, they work with clients to formulate a plan of action that is specific to the needs of their family. Some compare it to attending a training that is geared toward addressing their family’s challenges.

Meet Our Coaches

Katherine Loh, MA, LAC, NCC

Mental Health Therapist, Family Coach

Katherine is experienced with working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds facing a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and relationship issues.

Katherine completed Level 2 training in Gottman Couples Therapy.

She loves to join clients in their unique situations to understand and help identify strengths, obstacles, and strategies for their personal goals.

Will Savoy, MA, TRBI® Practitioner

Family Coaching Program Supervisor 

 Will has personal experience in adoption and foster care, having adopted his children internationally. As well as having a handful of years of being a foster family where he and his wife celebrated, grieved, and provided a forever home for two of his kiddos. These personal experiences have shaped and informed his parenting approaches as well as how he coaches and supports families. 

Will has experience in working with older youth impacted by foster care and needs permanency. In that role, he supported adolescents to navigate life in care and transition into their forever homes. 

Before CFC He had a background in Youth and Family Ministry and received an MA in Missional Theology.  For Will, there is no higher calling than being a parent, and it is an honor to support families regardless of situation or stage in life.   

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Frequently Asked Questions

What challenges does family coaching address?

Most of our clients are seeking help with challenges associated with their child(ren.) Some of the most common issues we help families address are:

  • Child behavioral difficulties (tantrums, disrespect, lying, disobedience, anxiety, etc.)
  • Sibling fighting
  • Parenting children with trauma backgrounds
  • Parenting adopted children
  • Developmental challenges (infant/newborn sleep schedules, balancing structure and trust with teens, etc.)
  • Identifying parenting styles
  • Strengthening attachment
  • Blended family challenges
  • Improving family communication
  • Balancing a nurturing and structured parenting approach
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Family grief and loss
  • General parenting skill-building
Are Family Coaches also counselors?

Our family coaches are not all licensed counselors, social workers, or marriage and family therapists. Family Coaches most often have the experience of parenting their own children or foster children, and they are educated in the most relevant clinical topics for better understanding children’s unique needs.

Is Family Coaching only for fixing problems with my children?

No. Some families have requested Family Coaching to help them prepare for an upcoming stressful situation (household move, adoption, deployment, job change, etc.) Caregivers have also sought Family Coaching to help them improve their parenting skills.

What types of interventions do Family Coaches use?

We use parenting interventions from Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), Integrative Parenting, Circle of Security®, Bryan Post, Dan Siegel, and other leaders in the field. If you would like to get an introduction to the style and types of training our Family Coaches provide, please check out our online trainings at Family Care Learning.

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