Private Coaching
At times you might require some extra time and space to discuss your personal parenting journey in more depth. Melissa offers individual and small group coaching, which affords you the privacy to discuss unique family needs and receive information tailored specifically to you and your children.
Using positive, practical, research based strategies, sessions are designed to take you from where you are to where you want to be.
Initial 1.5 hour consultation $100
Coaching sessions $60 per hour 

“We may not all agree on what makes a well-raised child, but most of us would have some general pictures in our head of how we would like our children to grow and develop. We want them to be happy and loving, hardworking and successful, healthy in body, mind and spirit. We hope that they become moral and law abiding and have caring and respectful relationships with family and friends.” 

Dr. William Glasser

Parent Effectiveness Training

Parenting experts and researchers of brain development confirm that one of the best ways to become an effective parent is to foster emotional connection and develop empathy with your child. With these skills you do not need to rely on yelling, nagging, threats or punishment. Instead, by learning effective communication strategies, including active listening and conflict resolution, you can learn how to influence rather than control your children.

Dr Thomas Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training is a program based on this philosophy and which explicitly teaches the skills necessary to develop connection and empathy. Using the P.E.T. skills you will have less fighting, fewer tantrums and become a more peaceful parent.

Benefits of Parent Effectiveness Training

  • You'll feel calmer

  • You're kids will too!

  • Increased self confidence and assertiveness

  • Improved empathic listening skills

  • Greater emotional regulation (for both you and your children)

  • Increased self responsibility and independence in children

  • Learn practical age-appropriate strategies for dealing with every day situations and challenges

  • Discover alternatives to punishment and other punitive parenting strategies and how to use them

  • Learn how to avoid tantrums, losing your cool and power struggles.

  • Cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development in your children, shown to be the single biggest factor in determining overall success

Course structure

This in-depth, proven program is taught only by authorised instructors certified by Gordon Training International. Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) is a 24 hour course, which comprises of 8 x 3 hour sessions. Participants have the opportunity to learn, practice and discuss the P.E.T. skills and explore how these apply in their individual circumstances. The course is run term by term throughout the year. Both day and evening sessions are available and are finalized according to participant availability.


$395 per person (this includes the reference book ‘Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children', P.E.T. workbooks, a certificate of completion and email/phone support for the duration of the course). When attending as a couple, the cost for partners is $350. This discount applies retrospectively if a partner attends at a later date.

Free information sessions are offered before courses commence so that you can meet Melissa, ask questions and confirm that P.E.T. is the right fit for your individual family and ideals.

One generation full of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.

Charles Raison

Parenting With Choice

The 3-week Parenting With Choice program is based on psychologist Dr. William Glasser’s Choice Theory. It focuses on building positive, connected relationships with your children so that you may influence rather than control them. If you would like to raise responsible, independent and internally motivated children this course will show you how.

Course Overview

  • Choice Theory: Choice Theory teaches that we are much more in control of our lives than we realise and although we cannot choose all the events that happen to us, we can choose our reactions and how we respond. This applies as much to children as it does to adults and we can teach this from a very early age.

  • Relationships: Parenting is about relationships. Predominantly the one you and your child have, but it also includes your relationship with yourself, your partner and the relationships between siblings and extended family members.

  • Behaviour: We all behave. If we learn to choose effective, responsible behaviours, control our actions and thoughts in way that satisfies our needs without depriving another of the chance to satisfy theirs, we will usually be happy, healthy and in effective control of our lives. Supporting children to do this, helps them develop independence and self-responsibility.

  • Feelings: There is a direct connection between how we feel and how we behave. When children feel right, they behave right. So how do we help them feel right? How do we teach them to regulate their emotions so that their feelings do not overwhelm them. Learn more about the connection between physiology, thinking, feeling and behaving.

  • Language: Your choice of words and your style of communication impact the self esteem, emotional health and personal empowerment of your child. How can we recognize and celebrate children’s progress and improvement without overpraising? How can we set appropriate limits and maintain high expectations for behaviour without resorting to punitive measures? The language we use holds the key!


$120 (3 x 2hr sessions)

Topic Workshops
For busy parents (and which parents aren't busy?)
Enjoy Parenting offers a range of short topic workshops
(1-2hrs), including
Growing Children's Emotional Intelligence
Tips for Tantrums 
Wellbeing for Parents (because you matter too!)
Longer workshops (3 x 1.5 hrs or 1 full day) include
Parenting with Choice
(based on Dr William Glasser's Choice Theory)
The YES Brain Child
(based on nuerobiologist Dr Daniel Siegel & Dr Tina Payne Bryson's latest book on how parents can nurture a mindset which leads to genuine happiness in children)
Workshops can also be tailored to suit your
individual parenting group's needs.

If you want to help your child grow into a person who's able to live meaningfully and find success throughout his life, there's virtually nothing more important than helping integrate his brain.


Dr Daniel Siegel & Dr Tina Payne Bryson

The Yes Brain Child

Based in the Redlands,

Queensland, Australia.

Tel: 0419 657 329

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