Once upon a time,
the two of you were lovers; each other's best friend.
And so you decided to build a family together.
But going from partners to parents isn't all sunshine and roses.
Each developmental stage your child(ren) go through triggers an identity shift within each of you, and, subsequently, the way in which you show up in your relationship.
As your family expands and evolves, so do your roles, responsibilities, and dynamics as a couple.
What once felt like a harmonious journey can start to feel like navigating uncharted waters.
This is where I come in.
As a Couples Coach for Parents, I specialize in helping you maintain and strengthen your connection and trust through these evolving stages.
My approach is not about reverting to who you were before becoming parents but about embracing who you are becoming as individuals and as partners in this new phase of life.
balancing the demands of early childhood,
adjusting to the independence of teenage years, or
rediscovering each other in the empty nest phase,
my coaching provides the tools and guidance to navigate these transitions.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Compromising is not the same as settling.
You DON'T have to settle to save your relationship and keep the family together.
Here's how I can support you in this process.
Every week I come to you with heartfelt and practical tips that allow you and your partner to better understand what each of you are experiencing so that you feel more connected.
COUPLES COACHING FOR PARENTS
Guiding couples through the transformative journey of parenthood, by enhancing communication and trust. Bridging the gap between the inevitable identity shifts to create deeper connection and shared growth. Click to explore this tailored coaching. journey.
Motherhood | Fatherhood
Helping new and expecting moms or dads transition more gently into parenthood so that they feel more confident and certain that they are doing the best for their child(ren) without actually having to DO more.
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What others are saying
"Markella is a great support in navigating through many insecurities, mood changes, fears, and overwhelming feelings which are naturally linked with my current status change - becoming a mother."
"In my sessions with Markella our conversations always flow very easily and naturally, like catching up with a friend. Yet, Markella always catches interesting pointers, highlights patterns or thoughts that she observes, and brings them to my attention. These help me to debunk various myths and hidden stereotypes that are buried in my subconsciousness. Our conversations are helping me to detect them, understand them and bring on a more conscious level. I am learning a lot about myself and to be more aware of the drivers which influence my behaviour, triggers, decision-making processes, and overall perspectives on multiple areas of my life. Currently, we discuss many pregnancy-related topics as I was in my therapy with Markella before and during, I got pregnant. Markella is a great support in navigating through many insecurities, mood changes, fears, and overwhelming feelings which are naturally linked with my current status change - becoming a mother. Markella helps me to understand many changes my body and mind is currently undergoing. Extremely helping is understanding the myths and stereotypes linked with motherhood that are rooted in our society and often create pressure on expecting mothers. I am extremely grateful for these sessions as I am gaining freedom from these stereotypes, and this allows me to focus more on enjoying (rather than fearing) my unique experience."
"such a great woman and professional who always knows what questions to ask so that you realize what the missing link is.
Our conversations wrapped my soul in warmth and hope ...with a compassionate, non-judgmental touch.
She is showing up with vulnerability, which invites you to dare to do the same, creating a safe space to share and learn."
"Such a pleasure and an honor to work with Markella. She is such a great woman and professional who always knows what questions to ask so that you realize what the missing link is. Our conversations wrapped my soul in warmth and hope in my lately confused and tired days. I especially like how she presents scientifically backed data in simple terms while balancing it with a compassionate, non-judgmental touch. She is showing up with vulnerability, which invites you to dare to do the same, creating a safe space to share and learn. I am eagerly waiting for every new meeting and I am grateful that our paths crossed. If you feel stuck and would like to start a journey of self-discovery while honoring your authenticity, reach out to her!" -Ramona S.
Credentials + Philosophy
M.A. Clinical-Counseling Psychology
Mama Rising Coach & Facilitator
PgCert Special Education
If there is something I am passionate about, it's personal discovery and self-improvement as a means to actualization. In my opinion, these are the most selfless and valuable acts one could engage in. By nurturing a constant craving for development, we become much more in tune with not only ourselves, but also with the world around us, achieving our goals while serving as an asset to society as well...