The client: divorced
Mother of two teenagers
Cara just, “gets it”!
As a single, divorced mother of two teens Cara was able to really see the dynamics of our situation. I have gone to therapists and counselors but never felt like my true needs were being met. From the first day I met her I was able to communicate more effectively with my children.
Cara has a plan and if you follow the plan you will see the results you want. She offered simple strategies for me to use immediately to quickly transform my, already good relationships, into even better ones. She also has a way of framing conversations and a way of helping me see things from a different perspective that drive results. Simply becoming more mindful of what I say and how I say it to my children has made my relationships even stronger than before.
Beyond being educated, warm and kind, Cara is extremely insightful and wise. It is amazing how making simple changes in my communication effected such immediate change. I highly recommend Cara as a Parent Coach!
The clients: parents with college-aged children
Working with a parent coach was something I had never considered. My husband and I have 3 children and have parented our way through the various stages, newborn, toddler, pre-teen and teenager, with help from books, friends, relatives and intuition. Along the way, we have felt that for the most part, that we have had success and believe our kids to have turned out well. You always hear “little people, little problems, big people, big problems,” and it was not until our oldest went off to his first year of college that we felt ill equipped for our job of parenting. Things got more complicated, we regularly questioned what we were doing wrong in parenting him and our relationship with him began to suffer. Enter Cara Pollard and her parent coaching. I can honestly she that she helped me see things from a different angle and to work through best practices in terms of communication, relationship building and dealing with difficult situations as they arose.
Having a parent coach is akin to having an expert in your back pocket. Nobody is perfect and there is always something to be learned in order to improve your skills, so why not hire a parent coach to help with the most important job in the world, parenting? Cara had a firm but gentle hand in empowering and guiding me through this new phase of being a parent and helped me to be a better mom to my college aged son. In my book, every parent would benefit from working with Cara, she is amazing!
The clients: A Mom and her teenage son
I was really struggling with my high school son. He was acting out, his grades were dropping, he was drinking; I felt like I was watching a train wreck happen before my eyes and I couldn't stop it. I 'interviewed' several therapists but did not 'feel' a connection with them. I don't know what I was looking for...just compassion, I think. Then, I spoke to Cara and immediately felt she was the right person to help us. My son reluctantly went but right off the bat, he felt comfortable with Cara and connected with her. In the course of a few month, seeing Cara together, or him seeing her alone, we had a huge break through. Bottom line, Cara changed our life. Honestly, I credit her to helping my son, let go of a lot of the anger and sadness he was feeling about his dad and move past it. But, she also helped me learn the vital skills of communication with a teenage boy and how to not react but respond differently.