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About Tina Feigal
I help adults deal with intense children so they can act from their values of compassion and kindness, without giving in to unreasonable requests. I offer an approach that deeply honors the child while holding firm limits, giving both adults and children a secure framework in which to thrive.

Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed. is a former school psychologist who offers coaching in Present Moment Parenting, featuring the Nurtured Heart Approach. Tina considers herself a purveyor of hope … even for kids with extreme behaviors! She specializes in placing the healing of behavior directly into the hands of adults who care for the children. Empowerment of parents, teachers, and child care providers is Tina’s passion ... she brings out the best in adults, so they can bring out the best in children.

Tina is the founder of the Center for the Challenging Child, LLC, where she shares highly successful techniques to transform challenging behavior in children of all ages. Her book, The Pocket Coach for Parents: Your Two-Week Guide to a Dramatically Improved Life with Your Intense Child which includes the CD, “60 Minutes with Parent Coach Tina Feigal” has earned five-star reviews on

Tina has been featured as NBC affiliate KARE 11 TV’s resident parent coach in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She has also been featured on WCCO TV and WCCO radio in the Twin Cities, along with FM107 radio. Tina has appeared on Sioux Falls, SD’s KELO TV and on Twin Cities metro cable TV stations. She speaks regularly for a wide variety of conferences, school, community education, church, and service organizations, including Sylvan Learning Center, Prevent Child Abuse America, Miracle Distribution Center, MN School Counselors’ Association, Prevent Child Abuse in Missouri, and MN Association for Children’s Mental Health. She also schedules independent trainings which are open to the public throughout the U.S. Tina is a faculty member at Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN, where she trains future parent coaches. Tina’s web site is

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Tina Feigal

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The Best Treatment for Child Behaviors Comes from the Child's Own Parents

Coaches Parents to Apply Techniques That Really Work

Minneapolis, MN, August 13, 2007
Noted parent coach and trainer Tina Feigal believes that the best treatment for child behavior issues comes from the child’s own parents. In her new book, The Pocket Coach for Parents, Feigal offers parenting tips and teaches “therapeutic parenting” techniques (featured in the New York Times article: “Parenting as Therapy for Child's Mental Disorders” by Benedict Carey). Feigal’s book is a two-week, step-by-step guide that leads parents through the process of becoming the healers of their own children. By learning specific methods for stopping children's difficult behavior, parents gain new skills, new self-esteem, and often unimagined success. Feigal, founder of The Center for the Challenging Child, taps her experience as a school psychologist, as a parent of three sons, and as a parent coach, to bring a wealth of knowledge and intuition to her work. She helps parents experience great relief at home, by ending the nagging, arguing, and conflict.

In her book, Feigal illustrates these keys to addressing the needs of children with challenging behaviors:
• See the child as an organism, reacting for its own protective reasons. Once those reasons are understood, the problems can be resolved without undue emotion.
• Hold regular family meetings to discuss the issues that need attention. Plan ahead with the children’s input, so there are no surprises in the parents’ response to unwanted behavior.
• Rehearse infractions and consequences in advance, so the child has a map in his or her brain for what’s expected and what to expect.
• Avoid triggering opposition by learning the language to use that prevents setting the child off.
• Understand the physiological “energy matching” mechanism in the child’s brain. The intense brain is seeking an intensity match, which is highly rewarding.
• Give substantial emotional energy to desired behaviors, and scrupulously deprive unwanted behaviors of emotional energy. (This is a simple concept, but also where the coaching is needed, as it’s not automatic, by any means.)

Parents seek Feigal’s help when they have exhausted their efforts by lecturing and yelling, lost their faith in medication, and have nowhere else to turn. Over a year after a “Supernanny” segment featuring Tina’s work aired on TV, the mother of the family says,
“Thanks for the tips! They worked wonderfully. I wish I had a camera this weekend. It was so perfect. I would nicely tell the girls how much I like it when they cooperated with each other, and it worked. My Mom was flabbergasted. I could have picked her jaw off the floor. As a parent, I feel so much calmer and in control. I have more energy since I am not wasting it on being angry or frustrated with the negative behavior.”

“It's rewarding to see the light bulbs go off in parents’ heads when they realize that they have the power to bring about remarkable change in their children’s behavior,” says Feigal. “And it often happens the very first week of coaching. The results are frequently so stunning, I find I have to put two and two together for parents, as it slowly dawns on them that their actions are causing the improvements. When I act as their objective observer, pointing out the cause and effect, they say, ‘Oooohhhh, yeah.’ It’s just wonderful to watch their faces. Parents get ‘hooked’ by their own success, and a new habit of positivity with the children is established. Everybody wins.”

Feigal has been featured as the resident parent coach for Minneapolis/St. Paul's NBC affiliate, KARE 11 TV. She has been featured on their KARE 11 Extra segment as “the Twin Cities' own Supernanny” ( Her work has been featured in Adoption Today Magazine, Experience Life Magazine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and The Phoenix, a recovery newspaper. Feigal also trains parents and professionals on her own “Present Moment Parenting and Teaching” in seminars, workshops, and at conferences. In addition, she trains parent coaches at the Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN, and privately. Tina sees clients at River City Clinic in St. Paul, MN.

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