ABOUT SARAH ARGENAL

As a working mom of two little boys, I’m intimiately familiar with the pressures associated with trying to juggle work, family, and life in general. I realized early on that being a working parent doesn’t need to include constant stress, overwhelm, and exhaustion. But I’ve also learned that knowing something and doing something are often two very different things… especially for exhausted working parents.

I blend twenty years of experience in areas such as psychotherapy, professional coaching, teaching, and complex project management to help ambitious but overwhelmed parents identify the unique behavior patterns that undermine their personal sense of balance, explore the root cause of those behaviors, and then implement more effective behaviors for lasting change.

QUALIFICATIONS

MASTER OF ARTS | Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, University of San Francisco

BACHELOR OF ARTS | Political Science, University of California at Davis

PROFESSIONAL COACH CERTIFICATION |  Coach Training Alliance

MEDIATION CERTIFICATION | Utah Dispute Resolution

FOUNDER | Working Parent Resource

HOST | Working Parent Resource Podcast

 

With a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development, I understand and explain in relatable terms the building blocks of human psychology, child development, behavior modification, communication techniques, conflict resolution, family systems, reasoning, and subconscious motivations to isolate the reasons why you might be doing the things you’re doing.  Understanding what holds you back from self improvement and healthy relationships, and how you can use that insight about yourself to overcome unique challenges and find fulfillment, is an important part of long-term change.

Using my natural curiosity about people, as well as my training as a certified professional coach and court mediator, I ask compelling questions so you can drill deeper into clarifying what you truly want and what’s preventing you from getting there. Together we co-create a strategic plan of action to move closer to your ultimate goals while implementing new tools and skills throughout the process. I hold you accountable and provide a safe and supportive environment for moving beyond your comfort zone to make lasting life changes in your habits and routines.

I spent nearly 20 years in the fast-paced and high-stress environment of litigation project management in international law firms. I’m skilled in zooming in and out on a project to achieve desired results. I can quickly analyze your needs as an individual, family or corporate team to help you construct a strategy that will help you accomplish your overall goals. I help you maximize whatever resources you have available, such as relationships, technology, and systems to streamline your efforts.

Understanding the transformation that people are striving for, and developing a learning plan to support that transformation, is one of my specialties. Breaking complex ideas and competencies down into manageable steps to build on each other and maximize progress is one of the things I do best.  I apply learning theory to help you gain knowledge and practice new behaviors in a way that’s most natural and effective for you. I help you manage obstacles to success and provide guidance while allowing for experimentation.

I integrate skills such as meditation and mindfulness to help you focus and be more engaged within a complex and “too busy” modern world. I help you develop a practice of discipline to increase confidence and serenity while building a foundation of internal strength that is stronger than outside influences. There’s a focus on managing mindset and emotions in an authentic and effective way.

I conduct research on a variety of topics that ambitious working parents care about the most.  Interviewing people of all walks of life to gain different perspectives allows me to see many different angles of an issue and analyze the pieces to find relationships between them.  I synthesize information quickly to identify new patterns and insights.

I’m someone who’s been there and understands the nuances of raising children in today’s world. Helping ambitious professionals blend their natural “Type A” tendencies with their parenting instincts in each moment is my specialty. Giving parents the information and guidance they need to connect to their children in a way that allows them to evolve into the human beings they’re supposed to be is incredibly important to me.  Together we can address your shifting identity that comes with becoming a parent while balancing the needs of your child with your own, your partner’s, those at work, and in other areas of your life.

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