Private Coaching

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Anya coaches individual parents to be their child’s life-long ally and greatest resource in establishing healthy boundaries, clear communication and safety in their intimate relationships.

By providing individual coaching over a series of months, we choose strategies, celebrate successes, and troubleshoot problem areas. Many parents want support establishing their parenting philosophy, planning conversations, determining phrasing, role playing dialogs, and tailoring topic depth and breadth for their child’s individual needs. By slowly shifting the family culture, parents and caregivers learn to have a comfortable, engaged, and ongoing dialog with their kids about sexual health. This work transforms the parent-child relationship and empowers teens to act from a place of real awareness, choice, and responsibility.

Get Started By Scheduling Your FREE 30-Minute Appointment With Anya.

''I felt very comfortable. Anya taught me a lot.''

I felt relief and joy that I have someone to talk to about my daughter. As a single parent, I don’t discuss my parenting issues as much as I’d like, so it felt good to have a partner helping me out.

The sessions weren’t difficult, and I felt very comfortable. Anya taught me a lot. She pointed out things I could start talking to my 8-year-old daughter about, like porn and molestation, that I hadn’t even thought about. Plus she taught me how to introduce new vocabulary and concepts like boundaries that will lay the foundation for future conversations. I got little assignments and worksheets to help me.

Anya is clear, to the point, understanding, sincere and very thorough. All of my talks with my daughter went well, so I just felt really good about having done it and that there weren’t any issues to speak of. I feel more comfortable being able to talk about any subject with her, including sex, as a result. I feel more confident about the teen years. I feel like I know what’s coming and feel good that I have laid a groundwork. Anya became a valuable partner in helping me with this piece of the parenting puzzle and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Parent Groups

Anya leads groups of parents through her specialized curriculum and provides one-on-one coaching support between group sessions.

Parent groups meet over a series of months, which provides ongoing support as participants try new strategies and learn new skills. Participants establish their family values, plan conversations and skill-building exercises, and tailor topic depth and breadth for their child’s individual needs. Parents are partnered with buddies for additional accountability and support. The group provides a community of like-minded parents with whom participants can share triumphs, ask questions, and receive validation.


''I have more confidence about my daughter and son being out in the world.''

Coaching can seem more expensive than other forms of help (therapy, books, etc) but it’s so much more powerful! With a skillful coach like Anya, I got priceless support with how to find a deeper connection with my kids.

Since Anya’s coaching, I have more confidence about my daughter and son being out in the world. We’ve had the talks and I know my kids have the values that are important to me. This work is not easy for me, and that’s why I wanted Anya’s help. In our second session, I was overwhelmed and embarrassed that I hadn’t done my homework. Anya picked up on my fears, paused the planned session, and we explored what was holding me back from completing the very simple homework. After that gentle support, I had the resources to move forward with her program and I had better tools for talking with my kids. It just so happened that the night after doing that work with my daughter, she and her dad had a fight over the phone. I noticed that she and I were communicating with more rationality and empathy about the situation than we normally would have, and she was able to get emotional resolution more easily than ever before.

If you want better communication with your kids no matter their age, no matter the topic (but ESPECIALLY about sex and relationships) run, don’t walk, to Anya.

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In The Bay Area? Join The MeetUp Group!


Meet Anya and join local Bay Area parents to trade bloopers, resources, and to get some support around talking to kids about sex and relationships.

This FREE group allows parents to connect with each other and with Anya. Local workshops are also announced in the MeetUp group, so this is a great way to learn about upcoming events.

''Now my sons come to me for advice!''

As a single mom of 2 teenage boys, one of my greatest desires was to gift my sons with valuable life skills that would help them have happy and healthy relationships, both with themselves and with partners. I knew this would involve talking about sex and other “touchy” subjects, but I didn’t know how to approach these in a way that would be heard, much less welcomed.

Since working with Anya, I’ve been able to have empowering and engaging conversations about sex and other important topics with both of my sons. Now they come to me not only for advice about girls, but also about other challenges they encounter in their daily lives. I am thrilled!

Anya is warm, personable, friendly and full of great ideas about how to communicate with your children regarding difficult topics in an honest and mutually-respectful way. She had great examples and exercises to help me and my boys implement what I was learning with her. Working with Anya not only helped me give my boys a priceless gift, but it also gave ME the most beautiful gift: a closer relationship with my boys.

Dumari St. Angelo
Private Coaching Client