Family Coaching is designed to meet parents and couples where they are, at whatever stage they’re at on their parenting or relationship journey.

Our coaches bring their extensive training and experience to help uncover new insights, ideas and practical solutions to parenting and relationship challenges. Coaches support parents to make positive changes in their family, providing practical ideas and take-home strategies. Each session is followed up with relevant materials, referencing workshops and resources to help make changes that last.


Our desire is that cost would never be a barrier for anyone. If you’re unable to pay the full fee, just let us know, and we can chat about an appropriate contribution.

  • Face to face $95 for a 1 hour appointment  – Parenting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane, Auckland
  • Phone or Skype call– $95 for a 1 hour appointment – Talk to a Family Coach from anywhere in the world
  • Email – $65 per response – The email response will be between 600 and 700 words
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Coaching is available during these times –

  • Monday, 9am-4pm (Bridget)
  • Tuesday, 9am-5pm (Joy)
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm (Jenny and Bridget)
  • Thursday, 9am-5pm (Joy and Jenny)
  • Friday, 9am-5pm (Jo)

Limited evening sessions are available.

Please note the coaching sessions are primarily for parents to attend on their own without children present. This gives the parent an opportunity to discuss the specific challenges about their child or children without the conversation being overheard. It also frees up the parent to focus solely on the issues without the distractions of a child. The coaching rooms are not specifically set up to be ‘child-friendly’ so we ask parents to have their children cared for to maximise the potential of the session. Nursing babies are welcome in the session.

Family coach cancellations

All family coach bookings are subject to a $35 non-refundable deposit.


Family Coaches

Jenny Hale
Parent coach

Jenny has a primary teaching background and spent three years as a parent educator with the Parents As First Teachers programme before joining Parenting Place in 1999. She helped establish the Toolbox parenting groups and trained facilitators throughout New Zealand to deliver these courses in their communities. Jenny has two adult children and is a grandmother of two young children. Jenny runs workshops at our Parenting Place centre and at Hot Tips events around New Zealand. She is the senior Family Coach working with existing clients as well as training new coaches. Jenny writes regularly for us and makes appearances on TV 3’s The Café.

Joy Sluiters
Parent coach

Joy had an education background before joining Parenting Place in 2010. She is a Family Coach working with families of children aged 0-12 years and a regular presenter of Hot Tips workshops at Parenting Place and at Hot Tips community events in Auckland and further afield.

Joy has four adult children and five grandchildren and leads a busy life as a hands on nana, Family Coach, and restorative justice facilitator for Waitakere Courts.

Jo Batts
Parent and relationship coach

Jo has a background in relationship development for both not-for-profit and business organisations. Jo is a qualified counsellor also working in private practice and running groups for tertiary students training to be counsellors.

Jo is passionate about supporting couples as they wrangle the pressures of family life together. Recognising that our relationships are precious yet sometimes they get stuck, Jo brings insight, experience and fresh ideas to help put the family wheels in motion again. Jo has been married for over 20 years and has three kids.

Bridget Gundy
Parent coach

Bridget’s background is in counselling and she has worked at Women’s Refuge, supporting women and children, she is also a Toolbox coordinator and facilitator. She’s a firm believer that no matter what our family situation, finding someone to talk with can make the world of difference.

Bridget has navigated some tricky and complex parenting moments, having started her parenting journey as a single parent and then going on to co-raise four children in a blended family. She is passionate about seeing parents thrive, not just survive this parenting journey.

Book a coaching session

Family Coach cancellations

All family coach bookings are subject to a $35 non-refundable deposit.

Request a coaching session by phone

Contact us to make a booking 09 524 0025 or 0800 535 659

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