LONG BIO - TINA ELVEN
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Empowering Parents to Boost Young Minds
Long Bio for Tina Elven
I am Tina Elven, your Mind Coach, and founder of Support 4 Kids Ltd where we specialise in Empowering Parents to Boost Young Minds by becoming their child's emotional coach. I am proud of our progress, as today Support 4 Kids is a young dynamic online company passionate about ensuring that parents have the tools to guide their children to take control of their life through an online approach.
Personally, I have spent the majority of my life looking for solutions, making it a point of not going back over a problem or dwelling on my past experiences. I believe that the tools I have acquired over the years have permitted me to become a stronger person while also giving me an awareness of the options available to me. By being conscious of the need to stay focussed and organised, I feel it has allowed me to remain engaged and enthusiastic in my daily environment as well as in the fantastic job of supporting young people and parents. Every day, I feel truly inspired by the people I meet and those we help through our Boost Young Minds solutions.
Looking back over my career, one thing that stands out is the fact that I have always worked with people in one capacity or another (mostly with young people and parents). Before I trained as a therapist I worked for many years as a specialist tutor to children with specific educational needs, particularly dyslexia and those who required support to develop their working memory. As relaxation, I enjoyed running a youth club for young people with moderate learning difficulties and I also offered support at an adult special needs group.
When I qualified as a therapist, it felt natural for me to specialise in the field of helping young people who were suffering from mental health issues. Like many therapists I started out thinking that one-to-one sessions was the only available approach, it was certainly the standard method for adults so why should children be any different!
How wrong was I…. young people interact differently, they are pragmatic about wanting solutions, and not necessarily keen on doing ‘all that talking’. When working with young people in my clinic, part of my approach was always to offer the exercises and activities for home use. My young clients were provided with confidential log in details and were able to access their material online for practise and re-enforcement. Interestingly, I noticed a higher success rate among those who utilised these private online areas.
Another observation was that when parents brought their children to one-to-one sessions, on top of the child’s time slot, I would always spend considerable time guiding the parents too. It occurred to me that parents were keen to understand what they could do to support their child and really wanted to have a set of tools they could deploy with confidence. Addressing a personal challenge united as a family is a much more powerful method than focussing on the young person in isolation.
To cut a long story short, all of these clues led me to develop some online tools that could support parents in helping their child overcome a particular challenge. Following these successful solutions, I have put all my focus into developing an exclusive online program for parents and their children. My ultimate objective is for young people to achieve their desired goals and aspirations, and for them to break down limiting negative beliefs and responses. The Boost Young Minds program empowers parents by providing them with the confidence and therapeutic tools needed to become their child’s emotional coach.
Having two children myself with special needs has made me very determined to learn as much as I can about young people but also the effect special needs have on development and mental well-being. I have a passion for self-development and to this day, I continue training within the field of therapies, children, teenagers, special needs, and of course, anything related to the latest technology advances!
Over the span of the last 30 years I have been very committed to helping various charity causes which have always been related to children and/or special needs. Today, I am still actively ensuring that both I and Support 4 Kids give back to the community by running our non-profit campaign Special Love 4 Special Kids. For this reason, I am personally involved in motivational speaking engagements at schools, colleges and other interested groups of people.
As well as running Support 4 Kids, I enjoy writing and have written a number of children’s books, some of which have a therapeutic or self-help message. A vast range of these books will hit the shelves in the coming months. I love the idea of using my creative side to weave helpful themes around a magical story that a child will want to read (or hear) again and again. There’s nothing more inspiring for a child than following a beloved character through a situation to an ultimately successful ending.