Making a difference to young people and parents has always been at the forefront of my mind. When I first qualified, it felt natural for me to specialise in the field of helping young people who were suffering from mental health issues, as I have been working with young people for the majority of my career. From my experience, children and teenagers interact differently than adults in a therapeutic setting as they are typically pragmatic about wanting solutions, and not necessarily keen on doing ‘all that talking’.
Equally, it is important to acknowledge that parents are eager to understand how they can best support their own child. Most parents really want to discover the powers of the self-help techniques and models that can be used to support and guide their child to overcome emotional barriers.
Therefore, I have developed a unique approach that will empower parents to Boost Young Minds. Through private coaching sessions, I help parents to understand how they can work together with their child and how the family can emerge stronger as a result of my self-help approach. It is clear that addressing a personal challenge united as a family is a much more powerful method than focusing on the young person in isolation.
Participating families are equally provided with access to my secure online learning platform, where they are able to access exercises and instructions for practise and re-enforcement. Interestingly, I have noticed a higher success rate among those who utilise the online membership site. My aim is for you and your child to achieve your desired goals and aspirations through one of my Boost Young Minds solutions.
The official welcome…I am Tina Elven, Mind Coach to parents and young people. I have always been fascinated with understanding the best way to change how we feel and behave by adapting our internal and external communication behaviours. I am a qualified NLP Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and I equally use techniques from Mindfulness and CBT to provide a blended approach for my clients.
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 working with parents and young people.
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. Before I trained as a mind coach 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.
I am first and foremost a proud mum, I have two wonderful kids who just happen to have special needs. This has only made me even more determined to learn as much as I can about young people but also the effect special needs can have on development and mental well-being, as well as family relationships. I have a passion for self-development and to this day, I continue training within the field of therapies, children, teenagers, parenting, special needs, dogs and of course, anything related to the latest technology advances so I can always provide the most funky approach to keep young minds engaged!
Over the span of the last 30 years I have been very committed to helping charity causes that are close to my heart. Today, I am still actively ensuring that I give back to the community by running non-profit initiatives, both via this website but also through Woof Wag Dogs, where we visit local schools, nursing homes, workplaces and hospitals with our therapy dogs.
As if this wasn’t keeping me busy, in my spare time, I enjoy writing children’s books, typically containing some form of self-help message or as I like to say I am Guiding Children Through Stories. 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.
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