We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Cooley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jill, alright, so let’s start with your first job. What should we know?
My first job was as a summer camp counselor. I learned that I was fascinated by human behavior- I loved working with kids, but also really enjoyed understanding the parents and other camp staff. I liked seeing how one summer experience could transform a shy child into one more willing to take social risks, offer a child with a disability a new group of peers they would otherwise not engage with, and that the kids took these experiences back to school with them after the summer. 

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a licensed psychologist and educational consultant. I’ve combined my training and experience to customize coaching and consultation for parents, kids, and schools. The driving force behind my work is my genuine belief that human beings want to do well, but don’t always know how to do well. Whether its a child who won’t stay in her bed, but knows her parents are exasperated and exhausted, or a parent/teacher who responds to a challenging behavior in a way that unintentionally escalates the situation, I believe we all want to understand and have the skills to be successful in our family and school relationships. I also firmly believe in a good night’s sleep! I specialize in addressing infant/child sleep struggles, responding to challenging/oppositional behaviors, implementing discipline that promotes resilience, and supporting children who are “differently wired” (e.g. ADHD, Autism, sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, responding to short term trauma). In creating my practice I’ve taken risks to think outside the box of traditional psychology and consultation, and offer services that are custom to families’ specific needs these days. Parents are juggling so many things that driving to one more appointment can be stressful. Plus, it can take several sessions for someone to feel comfortable in an office setting. So, I decided to take that variable out of the mix. Before the pandemic I was meeting my clients in their homes, at local parks, sports fields, and virtually via zoom. If I know I’m going to start working with a kid who is struggling academically and with peers, but finds success in baseball– guess where we’re going to meet at least for our first session? At the baseball field! There have been times along the way that it’s felt vulnerable to pioneer a psychology and consulting practice that is non-traditional. But all of the positive feedback I’ve received from families has made it worthwhile.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely go to as many beaches as possible, Balboa Park, find live music to listen to, see the seals at La Jolla Cove, and visit the farmers market and restaurants in Little Italy. 

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am inspired by the research and writing of Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Mona Delahooke, Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson. I’m grateful for my local community of parents with children with disabilities (both invisible and visible). My husband is very supportive of my entrepreneurial “outside the box’ thinking. And to any parent, grandparent, teacher, or other caregiver who has ever remained emotionally present, sought to understand, and/or stood up for a child or teen in a tumultuous moment or stage of life…I’m most inspired by you.

Website: www.drjillparentcoach.com
Instagram: DrJillParentCoach
Facebook: Dr. Jill Parent Coach
Other: email: drjillparentcoach@gmail.com ph: 858-525-2520 (call for free 15 minute consultation)

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