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Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC is an Individual and Relationship Coach who helps expecting couples and parents stay sane and stay together, and co-parent effectively when staying sane means staying apart. She also assists professionals who work with families (e.g., birth/perinatal professionals and teachers) expand their personal and professional toolboxes, and better care for clients and themselves.
Rhona’s passionate about giving parents, and professionals who work with them, fun and easy tools to achieve co-parenting success. She also offers expecting couples the know-how to prepare their relationship for the profound changes that arrive with their baby. Rhona knows that co-parenting well–whether or not parents stay together–enhances children’s developmental wellbeing.
Rhona possesses more than 20 years experience as an educator, including being a tenured Department Chair at the University of California, Irvine where she received teaching awards and served on the Committee on Teaching Quality. Her educational background informs her work with teachers, for whom she offers professional development services. As a former business executive, she also understands the importance of improving work-family balance.
Rhona’s a dynamic speaker and facilitator, an engaging writer, and an inspiring, fun and compassionate coach. She coaches clients internationally via phone and Skype and in person in West Sonoma County, California
Rhona offers relationship tips at YourTango, EverydayFamily, HuffPostParents, ParentMap, and Pregnancy.org. She also leads workshops based on Dr. Gerald Newmark’s book, How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children. Rhona serves on the Advisory Board of The Children’s Project, a non-profit devoted to helping parents, teachers and communities raise emotionally healthy kids and is a member of the Advisory Council of Dovetail Learning, creators of The Toolbox Project, a dynamic social-emotional learning curriculum.
Rhona graduated from the Center for Right Relationship in Relationship Systems Intelligence (RSI*). She’s certified by the Coaches Training Institute, and holds degrees in Communications & Media from UCLA & McGill University. Rhona is accredited by the International Coach Federation.
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We had the great pleasure of having Rhona speak at one of our Parent Workshops. Being a parent of three, I know how hard it is to take the time to communicate with my husband effectively but after the workshop I used the tools she suggested and was able to notice a huge difference right away. Rhona’s presentation was fun and interactive. Parents came back the next day saying that they have already started implementing the practices learned.
–Renae Plant, Director, Camelot Kids Children’s Development Center, Los Angeles, CA
*RSI is an advanced coaching method that views all relationships—couples, families, colleagues, teams—as complex systems in which: conflict isn’t a problem but a signal that change is needed; all opinions are important, especially unpopular ones; and relationships aren’t about me, or you, they’re about us.