Hi there! I'm Patsy Holbrook, and I'd like to welcome you to Confidence Caffe
If you’d told me 34 years ago, that I’d not only be running my own business, but empowering children and young people, I’d have laughed at you! I’ve not always been the confident and assertive person that I am today.
Like many children and young people, as a teenager I suffered with a crippling lack of self-confidence and poor self-esteem. Much of this was due to poor self-image, including buck teeth, blue rimmed National Health glasses and being well developed for my age. All of which made me a target for unkind comments and bullying.
I regularly feigned illness, in an attempt to skip school and avoid more hurt. My poor mum was forever making appointments for me to see the GP. They didn’t know what was wrong, but I did- I was scared and felt alone.
Fast forward to getting married and having 3 children. One of my sons struggled throughout his school career and I felt that nobody listened to my concerns as a parent and- more importantly- were able to meet his needs. I was where parents and schools find themselves today, wondering whether any positive action would come out of the many multi-agency assessments being made.
It never did, and I worried how my child would manage without the support he desperately needed to progress. Thankfully, he has, but he is where he is today due to his strength of character and stubbornness! The education system failed him miserably and this kick-started my determination and passion to ensure that no other child fell foul of the education system like we did.
This is what I do today- I am the piece of the jigsaw that was missing for both myself and my son when we were younger. I am a child's advocate and voice; a bridge between a family and the education authority; I empower children and their families to find every educational opportunity and support they need.
It is the best job in the world.
What I offer...
1:1 Targeted Support
Every child is unique and so are their support needs! Each of my targeted support programs are carefully tailored to meet your child’s individual needs.
If your child is struggling emotionally, in any area of their lives, even if they can't express what's troubling them- I can help!
Emotional Regulation & Collaborative Problem-solving Programmes
If your child finds it difficult to communicate their needs effectively, make and maintain friendships, struggles to work with others and would like to feel a sense of belonging with opportunities to make friends, our co-operative games clubs and personal problem-solving groups, will support your child with all of the above, in a discreet way!
Concerned about your child's social and emotional difficulties? Perhaps you're worried about how they will cope with transitioning from one school to another?
Whatever your concern, contact me to arrange a free, ‘Discovery’ session.
Supporting Schools and Alternative Provision
Are you struggling to re-engage struggling or disaffected learners?
Maybe your learners are struggling to recognise, name and regulate their emotions?
Perhaps your School Development Plan identifies the need for pupils to become independent problem-solvers and collaborators?
For 1:1 and/or small group sessions, that will make a real difference to your school community, contact me to see how I can help.
Training and Workshops
Workshops for support staff, who strive to support learners with ASD /traits.
Parent Workshops, to empower and support parents, to support their children.
These will be advertised via Facebook. Click on my Facebook link, to keep abreast of new developments.
What's being said...
I first met Patsy when my 12 year old grandson was going through a particularly tough time.. The whole family was at crisis point but with Patsy’s input we are now all in a better place. My grandson was a very anxious and unhappy boy who could not interact with his peers although he was desperate to. Patsy has given him the tools to help overcome his problems and he is now a much calmer and more importantly, happier child.
Patsy is professional and extremely understanding and I would highly recommend her.
Thank you for everything you have done for her. You have given her confidence at school and at home. The sessions are fun and educational which makes learning a breeze. Patsy is so passionate about what she does, I would 100% recommend her services.
She seems so much more relaxed and happy. I’ve no doubt it’s down to your friendship, guidance and warmth; a safe and kind person she can turn to for advice and support.
Patsy is a superb practitioner. As a former colleague, I can say from experience that she has had and still has, the most profound and positive influence on the confidence of many young people.
Patsy has been incredible, not only in supporting my son who has a diagnosis of Aspergers & a language delay, but also being there for me as a parent whilst going through the process of getting an EHC plan for my son. I can honestly say she is one of the most passionate people I have met when it comes to making a difference to a child & helping them achieve what they are truly capable of. My son has made huge steps not only with his literacy, but with his social communication which, he struggled greatly with. One year on from support with Patsy and I have a child that is more confident, that can use coping strategies to help him work through problems rather than having a meltdown and he has progressed academically too. I would whole heartedly recommend Patsy, and I know she is out there to make a difference to those children that need it!
Patsy came into our lives and with her positivity, encouragement and understanding. She has given my son the tools to help manage his anxiety and we are now on the road to recovery.
We have been dismissed from CAMHS as they were unable to engage with our daughter. Patsy was able to engage her in one session. Without Patsy, we really don’t know what we would of done. I’m sure she has her wonder women costume underneath.
H’s second session with Patsy was a revelation… within minutes we could hear 2 voices in conversation… It was almost as if Patsy had unlocked his voice, and H suddenly felt as if he had permission to speak freely.
Patsy put my anxious daughter at ease within minutes of their first session together and quickly developed a bond with her. My daughter has grown in confidence so much already, using the Confidence Caffe’s techniques, and I can see a real difference in her.
My support has changed me as a person. I didn’t think I’d ever fit in or have friends. Patsy fixed that and now I’m much more confident.
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