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Soumya Karkera

Soumya Karkera

Enabling children and parents to make informed mental health choices, advocating for their needs, and developing emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and life skills.

Location: Ashford, Kent

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Working with Soumya has been a beautiful and very helpful experience. I needed support to understand how to better the relationship with my son and how to deal with specific behaviours that were causing me frustration and overwhelm. I struggled to find the right help; that was both mindful, kind and professional, but Soumya was indeed the best choice for what I needed. My relationship with my little one improved as the sessions progressed, and I have learned to manage and understand my feelings and emotion more thoughtfully. I highly recommend Soumya to everyone seeking genuine and professional help in understanding their relationship with their kids and themselves as parents. Thank you, Soumya

It has been wonderful working with Soumya. She has helped my daughter deal with emotional challenges and challenges with friendships. I am extremely grateful for the support she has provided to us as parents in dealing with these concerns. Soumya can connect with children at their developmental level making the strategies easy for them to adopt. I would strongly recommend Soumya's services to children struggling with the social demands of current life and for parents facing challenges with parenting in the high stress world we live in.

Soumya worked with my son who was struggling with high anxiety levels , finding school difficult and not wanting to leave the house alone. She built a positive relationship with him and she engaged with his interests in sessions, which got him talking. From this he worked on small goals to manage his anxiety and build his confidence. The approach worked and the experience was positive for him. We are all very grateful for soumya’s input, her care towards him and us as a family, it made a huge difference.

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    Coaching Qualifications

    Professional Background

    Before becoming a coach, I spent over 15 years working with families and children in various settings with a focus on children’s wellbeing and family support. My interest in supporting children and families began at a young age, as I witnessed the struggles and challenges of those around me. This led me to pursue a degree in Social Work, and I started my career working with families in crisis situations.

    Throughout my career, I have worked with children and parents from diverse backgrounds and cultures, including those facing complex issues such as domestic violence, loss, significant life events, and mental health problems. Over the years my roles have evolved, from being a school counsellor to a family support worker  managing a caseload of high-risk cases and working closely with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the safety and well-being of children.

    Over the course of my professional journey, I became acutely aware of the importance of early intervention and prevention in promoting positive outcomes for children and families. As a result I am committed to ongoing professional development and have completed additional training to enhance my skills in working with families and children.  This enables me to offer effective interventions and techniques that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual or family.

    As a parent myself, I deeply understand the joys and challenges that come with raising children. I know what it feels like to struggle with balancing work, family, and personal responsibilities. I also understand the complexities of the world we live in, and the challenges parents and children face today. As a coach, I bring this personal experience and empathy to my work, along with the skills and knowledge gained through my professional background.

    I am a seasoned professional in family services who transitioned to coaching in 2021. My philosophy centres around empathy, collaboration, and personalized tools to help parents and children build stronger relationships. With a deep understanding of the challenges families face, I offer high-quality coaching services tailored to each individual’s unique needs.

    What drew you to coaching?

    My personal journey as a child, as well as my experience as a first-generation migrant raising a child in a new country, has shaped my understanding of the challenges faced by families and children. This has drawn me to coaching as a way to listen to children’s problems and help them identify their strengths. I believe in encouraging them to become the person they want to be and reach their full potential.

    As a coach, I find the most enjoyment in working collaboratively with parents and children to find a parenting practice that works best for them and their family. I believe in empowering parents to understand their child’s needs, strengths, and challenges, while also helping children to connect with their parents and build stronger relationships.

    My coaching philosophy centres around empathy, collaboration, and personalized tools and techniques that are tailored to each individual’s unique needs. I believe that by taking the time to listen to each individual’s story, we can identify their strengths and explore ways to overcome obstacles together.

    Ultimately, my goal is to provide high-quality coaching services that help families and children build stronger relationships, achieve their goals, and reach their full potential.

    Fee Structure

    Individual coaching sessions for children (60-90 minutes): £60- £100 per session

    Individual coaching sessions for parents (60 – 90 minutes): £80- £120 per session

    Package deal for 6 individual coaching sessions for children: £320

    Package deal for 6 individual coaching sessions for parents: £430

    I understand that investing in coaching can be a significant decision for many families, which is why I offer a 10% discount on packages for clients who book multiple sessions. Additionally, I also offer a free 30-minute discovery call for all new clients to discuss their needs and determine if coaching with me is the right fit.

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