Emilie Leeks.

Welcome to this space

I am a parent coach, space holder, and bodyworker, supporting those on a connected, responsive, peaceful parenting path

Find out more about me and my work below...

Hi, I’m Emilie. Welcome to this space. I am a parent coach and space holder, supporting those on a peaceful parenting path. This is not an easy journey, and often we can find ourselves losing our way. It’s my role to help you find your way back. My work weaves practical, useable, respectful parenting tools, with practices and explorations in self-compassion, body connection, and a return to a deep trust in ourselves. I do not view myself as an expert, here to give you all the answers. Rather, I act as your guide and supporter, as you navigate the twists and turns in your parenting life. I help you rediscover your intuition, find clarity, and take the steps that are right for you, in your unique family situation.

Why I do this work

I have always loved working with people. As a paediatric speech and language therapist, I enjoyed getting to know children and their families, and working with them on speech, language and communication issues. But what really drew me in was finding a place in myself where I would see these children and parents for who they each were – where I could hear and honour their perspectives, and work collaboratively with them to help them find their path. And then I became a parent myself – and that has been my deepest, biggest and most challenging learning curve. I realised just how under-resourced and under-recognised parents are – and how impossible it was to parent well in such isolation, as we do in our culture. My focus shifted from speech and language therapy, to training as a parent coach and walking alongside other parents, as we all did the necessary learning and inner work to be less tied by our own conditioning and traumas, and to become more conscious and intentional on our parenting path. Finding myself on a parenting path that includes neurodiversity, anxiety and reactivity amongst my children, as well as chronic health conditions in myself, just made me more determined that the mainstream path wasn’t for us. It’s far from easy, travelling this road, and I continue to learn and grow alongside the beautiful souls I work with. I hope and imagine that it will always be this way.

My approach

As I work with each parent, I am guided by their situation, outlook and desires. It is far from a one-size-fits-all approach! I draw from my various learnings to bring an approach which blends parenting and trauma education, the inner work of deep exploration, and practices in compassion, movement and embodiment. I work online and in person, and wherever you connect with me through this work, I hold the guiding principle of bringing people home to themselves. You can expect me to bring myself fully and deeply to all of the work I do – and my expectation of the beautiful souls I work with is that they will do the same.

My work aims to be as inclusive as possible. As a white, cis, straight woman, I have a long way to go. I continue to learn and activate in my own ways, and am open to guidance and correction when it is needed. All are welcome in this space – racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression will not be tolerated here, although discomfort is held with care and gentleness as we learn on this path.

Education & trainings

Parent and home educator to 3 beautiful children

Certified Hand in Hand Parenting instructor

Somatic Movement Center® Certified Exercise Instructor

Certified Circle holder

Certified Reiki practitioner

Certified Chakradance facilitator

Salsa dance teacher

Former paediatric speech and language therapist

Former registered Halliwick Approach lecturer and swimming teacher

I am also an avid reader, and taker of relevant courses! I am constantly learning and evolving, as I dig deeper into my explorations around connection, authenticity, trauma, the nervous system, ancestral wisdom, movement, massage, and dance, amongst other things.

Whole-life living…

It is tremendously important to me to create a beautiful balance in my life – to tend to my own needs, as well as those of others, and to find joy and gratitude, alongside the challenges that life as a parent brings. Here and there, in the windows that I create or that open up to me in any given moment, I put time towards natural and conscious movement practices, dance, and rest. I am a dog lover and owner, I both frustrate myself and enjoy making a mess of the gardening, and I love to laugh with my partner, be silly with my children, and take walks with friends. I write, crochet, drink tea, and read. Around the washing up, the (occasional) cleaning, and the supporting of sibling issues (as well as all the other parenting and life ‘stuff’), I make space to do the things I enjoy. It makes all the difference.