Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Positive results

Parents and teens are seeing the benefits of parent / teen coaching. Where there was once a disconnect parents and teens are finding more effective ways to communicate and to create a positive environment that serves them both. The relationship they build today will go with them forever. Explore coaching, it truly can change your life!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

ISABELLE ZEHNDER - Parent, Teen, Life Coaching


Isabelle Zehnder is a Professional Family and Life coach whose goal is to form a partnership with her clients and to help them reach their full potential.

As a Life Coach, she works with individuals who are looking to discover who they are, where they are, and where they would like to be.

As a Parent and Teen Coach, she works with both parents and teens, whenever possible, to help each of them realize where they are and where they would like to be. To discover their own Inner Strength and Power to make positive changes in their parent/teen relationships.

Isabelle is also the Founder and President of the Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA) and is all too familiar with what can happen when things get out of hand at home and parents give up.

Tens of thousands of parents have sent their children to what they believe are "boarding schools" and "behavior modification programs" without realizing this is a completely unregulated industry where anyone can open a facility working with children and teens. We have seen where often they hire untrained, unqualified staff to work with the children and teens, and have found it to be a recipe for disaster.

There are good, safe programs for children and teens. It is vital that parents take the time to do their research and not believe everything they read on the Internet.

If you are a parent at your wits end and you would like help with resources and options, please call for a free 30-minute consultation.

Sometimes we, as parents, need outside help. But sometimes the answers lie within ourselves and all we need is a little help and encouragement to make measurable change. This could not only help save families tens of thousands of dollars but it can help keep families together.

Positive Family Solutions, LLC, and Parents and Teens, Unite! are built on the belief that within each parent lies the Power to effectively and lovingly parent their teens and pre-teens. And within each Teen lies the Power to be productive, caring, and loving members of their family.

Coaching is anchored on the belief that people are Creative, Resourceful, and Whole, and that within each of us lies the Power to reach our full potential. Once we are able to Unleash that Power we can achieve our own personal, self-defined outcomes.

Coaching is an ongoing Partnership. It is a Journey to Discover who you are and who you truly want to be. It is a Process that produces Profound, Measurable Results. Clients come to coaching because they are looking for Change or have important Goals they hope to attain.

Coaching creates Harmony when once there was Discord - Joy when once there was Despair - Peace of mind when once there was Confusion.

Most people strive for a better quality of life. They want more Joy and more Quality Time with their Children and Teens. Coaching can help them Unleash the Power Within so they attain their Goals and Dreams!

I offer a free 30-minute consultation. If you are interested in exploring if coaching is for you, give me a call today at 360-723-5253.


Isabelle Zehnder is a proud mother of two. She has worked with children most of her adult life and has researched family/child issues for over 25 years. She is a Professional Life and Family Coach and the Founder and CEO of Positive Family Solutions, LLC. She is also the Founder and President of the Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse, Inc. (CAICA).

She is an Active Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and an active member of their local Chartered Chapter, the Northwest Coaches Association (NWCA).

Clients come to coaching because they want something to be different, they are looking for change, or they have important goals to reach.

Some come to coaching because they want to create more order and balance in their family life. Some people want more peace of mind, more simplicity, more joy, more quality time with their children.

Sometimes they want less stress, less financial pressures, and less confusion. Most come to coaching because they want a better quality of life.

I work with clients, honoring them as the expert in their own life work. I blieve that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. I encourage self-discovery that produces extraordinary results.

Coaching helps deepen Clients' learning, improves their performance, and enhances their quality of life. The interaction between my clients and myself creates clarity and moves the client into action.

Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are NOW and what they are willing to DO to get where they want to be in the future.

It is an incredibly rewarding process that produces profound, measurable results. Imagine the family life you have always dreamed of living - imagine harmony in your home where relationships are genuine and heartfelt.


Isabelle has researched child behavior and child development for 25 years and has authored and published a number of articles. She has also attended and participated in a series of seminars and workshops regarding families, children, teens, and child abuse & prevention. She has been invited to speak on child, teen, and family issues both on radio and at workshops and seminars.

She was awarded the TASH Award in Excellence for Public Service in 2006 and was recently asked to serve on the TASH Public Policy Committee. She has also been asked to speak at their 2007 conference.

Isabelle was a Member of the Board of Advisors, an investigator, and researcher for the Emancipation Projejct, working to promote regulation and monitoring of the “teen-help” industry.

Isabelle pursued her education in law and worked in the legal field for 7 1/2 years as a legal secretary and paralegal. Given her strong desire to continue learning, she attended a great number of legal seminars and workshops.

Isabelle was the Founder and President of Positive Solutions (1995 to 1998) providing community workshops for parents, children, and teens, including Mommy and Me, Terrific Twos, Cooking for Kids, Parents and Teens Unite (a coaching program designed to bring parents and teens together and to help them learn new ways to effectively communicate and understand one another); Babysitting Tips for Teens.

During the mid to late 90's, Isabelle volunteered at the bi-annual Summit Meeting for Teens, a program designed to teach teens effective ways to communicate with their parents and to better understand their needs as well as the needs of their parents.

Isabelle has tutored children with learning disabilities and those who needed assistance to meet their potential. She operated a licensed day care providing a safe, loving, and educational environment for young children.


I would like to take a moment to recognize the most dedicated child's advocate I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

I have known Isabelle for the past 8 years when my young daughter was having difficulty reading. Isabelle was her private tutor and with the most tender approach helped my struggling 2nd grader achieve miraculous advancement in her reading ability.

My daughter's self esteem in reading was built in whole by the patience and understanding Isabelle used in her technique. In short a wonderful relationship has been built between her and my entire family.

In terms of the teen incarceration efforts that she has displayed as an advocate for freeing both known friends and perfect strangers I have never seen such a gallant effort on any single person’s part. This woman has opened her home and heart working literally thousands of hours of her own time including evenings, weekends, and holidays even when I knew she was completely exhausted.

I must also say that she has done this without a single penny of reimbursement to herself.

In fact I know she has spent thousands of dollars of her own hard earned money towards this cause. I could never in this short amount of space convey to any person how deeply committed to children and their rights she truly is.

What's going on in these facilities is simply horrifying! She has taken each and every child into her heart and has helped numerous families by taking the time to both explain conditions and opening their eyes to the true disgusting conditions these children are being put into.

I am so very proud to know such a dedicated human being. What she has accomplished in a very short amount of time I am sure will help thousands of children and their families. She has touched all of us with her kind actions.

- Yours Truly,
Donna Rutherford

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Having worked closely with Isabelle Zehnder for some time, I can attest to her deeply held convictions about the rights and well-being of children.

She possesses a true zeal for this work that brings her seemingly endless energy, compassion, and empathy. I cannot think that there are many better advocates for the countless voiceless children and teenagers that have been thrown away into behavior modification camps.

She has my trust and respect, and believe that she has the fortitude to continue to work to educate parents, children, and communities about the danger and moral repugnance of these behavior modification programs.

- Anthony Suter
Performance Librarian
University of Texas at Austin

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In the ten years I have known Isabelle I have never known her to lie and she is always a champion of what is right, especially when it comes to the welfare of children.

I have seen her go to extraordinary lengths in this regard.

When she says this needs doing, I believe her.

Judy Hill

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Isabelle and I have been neighbors for almost three years. Soon after moving into the neighborhood I was in a serious car accident.

She called and came over often to see if I needed anything. I knew I could count on her and from there our friendship flourished.

As a mother, grandmother, and educator of young children I recognize and understand Isabelle’s passion to protect children and their rights.

As a society we tend to forget that children have inalienable rights before they turn 18. Isabelle is trying to make a difference for children in such situations and to educate the public as to these injustices.

She is a sincere, caring, trustworthy, and dependable person trying to make a difference in our society.

Friend and neighbor,
Sally Shooter