Rachel Schofield is a member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists and an experienced Hand in Hand Instructor who runs The Connected Parent.
Through classes and one-on-one consultations, she focuses on giving you plenty of support and tailored guidance so you can confidentiality tackle family difficulties (like troubles with aggression, sleep difficulties, school struggles and challenges with separation) in ways that build close family relationships. She’ll help you figure out how to nurture yourself and have more fun so your family that thrives.
Her down-to-earth writing has regularly featured in Nurture – Australia’s Natural Parenting Magazine and she was a speaker at the 2016 Raising Happy Kids – Connected Parenting & Home Education Conference in Sydney.
She mentors Instructors in Training at Hand in Hand Parenting and is one of their Consultants.
As well as training with Patty Wipfler, Founder of Hand in Hand Parenting, she’s completed advanced training with Larry Cohen, author of the international best selling book “Playful Parenting” and Licensed Family Therapist. Plus she’s studied attachment Theory (the science of nurturing parent-child relationships) with the internationally acclaimed Circle of Security Project and the highly respected Neufeld Institute.
Parents working with Rachel have said she’s “insightful – an absolute wealth of knowledge” and that she “delivers with love and support whilst totally changing your life”. One mother taking a Hand in Hand Starter Class with Rachel said, “it feels like being part of a parenting movement that could change the world.”
And when she’s not supporting parents, you can find her being both challenged + delighted by her own family on their bush block in the beautiful Bega Valley – Australia.
“Before the Starter Class my son’s tantrums, outbursts, and aggression left our family in disarray, distant and disconnected. Now that I’ve done the training I’m able to meet his needs and support him as well as make my family feel safe and loved during stressful times.
Rachel is an amazing guide. She is able to create a safe space where you can learn the techniques, look at yourself and your family and then supports.” ~ Katie Ryan, Mother of four, Bega Valley, Australia
“Learning more about Hand in Hand parenting with Rachel showed me how important and meaningful it was to connect deeply with my children. I’d always thought must was possible to have a good relationship with children without the traditional, ‘discipline’ …. but had never quite found the way to…
Rachel was a wonderful teacher – she… guided us through the course in a relaxed and inspiring way, modelling the listening skills, attention, understanding and focus that we were striving for…” ~ Sarah Morrison, Mum of three boys + Family Day Care Educator, Bega Valley, Australia
“Rachel truly went above and beyond, during and outside the Hand in Hand Starter Class. She was so lovely and approachable, while at the same time she had an absolute wealth of knowledge to share. Rachel responded to all of our questions with depth and consistency, while doing it in such a caring and considered way. If required, she responded outside of the course itself with links, articles, quotes and research to ensure we understood the ideas fully. She was wonderful…in teaching us about connection, she made us feel very connected to her. I feel so blessed to have had her run this course” ~ Georgie Bancroft, Mother of three girls + Psychologist, Melbourne, Australia
“I just finished a 6 week phone class with Rachel Schofield, and I wanted to tell you how wonderful it was. She is so warm, and thoughtful and skilled. She brought so much to the class. It was a wonderful to be able to practice the skills and get feedback….. thank you to Rachel for a wonderful, wonderful experience” ~ Elizabeth, mother of one girl, USA
You might like to read Rachel’s articles:
“4 Essential Steps When Family and Friends Don’t Understand You Parenting”
“Saying Sorry: A 7 Step Plan For Heartfelt Apologies”
“A Powerful Way to Make Sure Your Child Feels Loved”
“Handling Aggression – Setting Limits with the Vigorous Snuggle”
“Helping Children Share”
And listen to this audio-clip about Helping Babies When They Have Big Feelings (Rachel Schofield).
You can find more of Rachel’s blog posts and audio at www.TheConnectedParent.com.au