Willows Parent Coaching Services

Help when you need it the most...


Whether your teenager is at home or in treatment, navigating the challenges of parenting a child with a behavioral or mental health issue can be a daunting and isolating process. Willows’ Parent Coaching services are designed to support parents as they navigate the residential treatment process and engage in the process of shifting family dynamics to a healthier place.

Willows Coaches work collaboratively with parents to:

  • identify patterns of communicating that may contribute to increased family stress or polarization within the family

  • Learn to construct more effective conversations with teens/family members to de-escalate conflict

  • prepare for the residential experience includiing home visits and transitioning back home or to community.

Our parent coaches have been through this journey themselves. And while everyone’s path is different, Sarah, Holli and Jan are ready to support you in your unique process with your child.

About Our Coaches


Sarah is a regular co-leader of the San Rafael Willows support group as well as a Family Connections course leader. Sarah is also a certified parent coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Holli is a Certified Parent Coach. She is the mother of two young adult daughters whose typical adolescent eye-rolls and self-centeredness morphed into an alarming surge of debilitating anxiety, depression, and unsafe defiant rebellion. Despite her best intentions, Holli struggled to parent her daughters effectively. Unity between Holli and her husband was not reliable. Parental dysregulation and inconsistency were the norm. Unresolved traumas fanned the flames of what was not working. Holli and her family became members of “The Intensive Treatment Club”. A wilderness program and therapeutic boarding school became home away from home. Holli’s imperfect journey towards genuine nurturing parenting informs her coaching model.  She offers empathic guidance for parents as they create sustainable corrections and connections for family relationships that thrive.


Jan is founder of Willows in the Wind and a regular support group leader in Los Altos. Jan has two successfully launched young adult daughters and is a certified parent coach.

For more information or to arrange for a free 30-minute consultation, please contact one of our coaches:

Sarah MacKay Lynch


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If a program, school or other resource appears on this site, it is not a recommendation.  Conversely, if a program, school or resource is omitted, it does not mean it is not a good program. What is a fine program for one child/family, may not work for another child/family and the opposite is true as well.

The information contained on this site is provided by parents, not professionals, and is meant as a starting point for parents with struggling children.  We recommend consulting therapists, psychiatrists, and other professionals to guide you in the placement of your child.