If you are here it is likely because you are as tired and mentally exhausted (and lost!) as we were. We are honored that you are taking your time to browse our website. We hope that you get something out of it - whether it be some helpful sleep tips, the comfort of knowing you aren't alone in this journey or the inspiration to take the first step towards one-on-one support!
What do we do?
INFANT AND TODDLER SLEEP COACHING
POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Sleep is essential to physical and mental health, happiness and quality of life – for both you and your baby!
Sleep is just as important as eating and drinking, but yet it often gets placed on the back burner as we are usually in survival mode, just trying to get through another day and night. Sleep deprivation makes us even more vulnerable to mental health struggles such as postpartum depression and anxiety, which can effect our ability to be the best parent that we want to be! And as we know from personal experience it can start to break down our relationships and heighten loneliness and isolation.
Sleep is equally important for your little one. Babies, toddlers and children need quality sleep to thrive. Infants are capable of being good sleepers at a young age, but sometimes they need some extra help learning these important life skills. Enter West Coast Sleep Consulting...
Does your baby need to be fed, held, bounced or rocked to sleep?
Is your baby only taking short naps? 30-45 minutes?
Is your baby waking multiple times in the night?
Is your baby going to bed late? And waking up early?
Has your bed been taken over? (and not by your spouse!)
Is your own lack of sleep starting to take a toll on your family and your relationship?
What does this mean? Well, it likely means that your mental and physical health is suffering because of it. Or maybe that you aren't enjoying this time like you should be (which is a devastating, but common feeling). When we deprive our body from sleep, we increase the chance of postpartum depression and anxiety, lower immune system functioning, irritability (especially with our partners), poor nutrition and exercise, memory loss (and overall fuzziness) - the list goes on!
Good News: These are all common problems and they can be fixed! With our help, your baby will learn how to go to sleep independently, take long and rejuvenating naps and be all around a happier baby! And then we can work on supporting your own overall health and improving your ability to be the best parent that you can be!
Or maybe yours is a little older...
Do you need to lay with your toddler/child to get him/her to sleep?
Are you playing games for hours before your toddler/child goes to sleep?
Is your toddler/child getting out of bed 100x at bedtime? or throughout the night? or up at 5am to start the day?
Do you need help successfully transitioning your toddler to a big bed?
Do you dread bedtime because of behavioral issues?
What does this mean? I'm going to guess that your patience is low (with your little one AND your partner) and there is a lot more raising your voice (or ripping out your hair!) then you'd like. Once you get your little one down you're likely really feeling the guilt from that and wishing you had a do-over. You probably aren't getting any "me" time when you're spending the whole evening fighting with your toddler and that can take a huge toll on your mental and physical health.
Good News: These are all common problems and they can be fixed! With our help, your toddler/child will learn how to go to sleep independently, respect the bedtime boundaries and have a happier bedtime and good night sleep!
What other parents have said...
We were in desperate need of help. Our little one co-slept with us, which resulted in very little sleep for everyone. Further, he would only take 30 minute naps if we slept beside him, making it impossible to complete any chores or have breaks during the day when my husband was at work. With Natasha's help our little one now sleeps in his crib for 11 to 12 hours at night and takes naps longer than 30 minutes. The service that Natasha provided us has immensely improved our quality of life. My husband and I are very grateful for Natasha's help...
-Amy Pistone, Victoria BC
For months my husband and I debated whether to hire a sleep consultant as our 7 month old son had been continuously waking throughout the night for the past 3 months. After our first phone consult with Kelsey, we felt confident in our choice and we knew we were in good hands. With each night that passed our sons sleep(and ours) improved greatly. Now after the first week our son is consistently sleeping through the night and napping twice a day. We cannot thank Kelsey enough for her continued support, knowledge, and encouraging words along the way.
-Laura & Evan Huber, Richmond BC
We had been struggling with sleep since he hit the 4 month regression and I decided we needed help. I felt completely lost like I had no idea how to make him sleep better; and since Kelsey started helping us, we have turned a major corner. She really instilled that confidence in both my husband and I that we needed to get through this. It gets easier every time he goes down because I keep sticking to that plan that Kelsey drafted to OUR lifestyle. NIGHT 2 OF SLEEP TRAINING AND MY 8 MONTH OLD SON SLEPT FOR 12 HOURS!!!
-Meaghan Wilson, Victoria BC
The Dream Team
PATRICIA NORMAN, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Sleep Specialist.
I am born and raised on the West Coast in Victoria, BC where I’ve been lucky enough to continue to live and raise my own children. I have always had a strong desire to support children and families which is why I chose to become a Social Worker. I have been working with children, youth and families in a variety of capacities for many years now and I continue to advance my education and knowledge on a regular basis.
Although I am a Registered Social Worker, I am also a mom of two. I completely understand the importance of sleep and have been that sleep deprived, mentally and physically exhausted mom who would do anything for a good night’s sleep! After implementing healthy sleep habits with both of my daughters early on and becoming a much more rested and better functioning mom, I decided I would love to support other families on their journey towards more restful nights.
I KNOW how important sleep is to families and the effects that sleep deprivation can have on the relationships and day to day functioning within a household. I am here to offer my experience and to support you as you move towards your sleep goals!
As a Registered Social Worker supporting children and families with their sleep habits, Patricia’s services may be covered under your extended benefits package. Be sure to check with your provider!
SARAH LAWRENCE, RSW, RCC
Registered Social Worker, Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC Association of Clinical Counsellors), Sleep Specialist.
**Sarah is currently on maternity leave and not taking new clients at this time**
Come as you are.
Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, currently living in the Comox Valley with my husband and two beautiful little girls.
When I had my first daughter, becoming a new parent was an indescribable experience. It shifted my life completely and I had more joy and love than I ever thought possible. Along with the happiness came exhaustion and I quickly learned how lack of sleep could affect all parts of life. Through desperation and survival, I quickly began implementing sleep habits that became a quick fix. However, soon after those quick fixes didn’t work anymore I was left with even more sleep exhaustion and confusion. I wanted my baby to feel cared for, loved and well rested and I took the journey to discover how that can be possible. Now I truly believe helping support and teach your little one healthy sleep habits is one of the best gifts you can give them and yourself.
Working as a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Clinical Counsellor I have had the opportunity to find my passion for walking alongside individuals to reach their goals. I am here to listen to what you want for your little ones sleep and support you in achieving your goals.
As a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Clinical Counsellor, supporting children and families with their sleep habits, Sarah’s services may be covered under your extended benefits package. Be sure to check with your provider!
CRYSTAL VAUGHAN, CCC
Registered Clinical Counselor (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association), Sleep Specialist.
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, I have been fortunate to grow up in one of the most beautiful places in the world. My husband and I are lucky to raise our two children here.
I completed a Master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Victoria in 2012 and I am a Certified Clinical Counsellor. I have been working with children and youth for the last 10 years as a school counsellor and I have seen firsthand how much sleep affects children behaviorally, emotionally and mentally.
Now as a parent myself, I know how important healthy sleep is for our own mental health, relationships with our kids and with others. As a former client, I have been through the sleepless nights and I am forever grateful to West Coast Sleep for providing my family with the tools to help our children gain healthy sleep habits. I know how overwhelming it can feel as a parent trying to navigate your child’s sleep on your own. I can provide support and help you walk through the sleep journey towards healthy sleep habits.
As a Certified Clinical Counsellor supporting children and families with their sleep habits, Crystal’s services may be covered under your extended benefits package. Be sure to check with your provider!
KELSEY LECLAIR, RSW
CEO & COFOUNDER - Registered Social Worker, Maternal Mental Health Certified, Sleep Specialist.
I grew up on the West Coast. I have a passion for helping people – which led me to my career as a Registered Social Worker. I have spent a great majority of my career working with children and youth.
But most importantly, I am a mom. And I have been that mom that is an UN-functioning puddle of tears on the floor because of sleep deprivation. I have been the mom that felt like I was missing out on SO much because I wasn't mentally able to enjoy my baby due to sleep deprivation. I have also been that mom who felt like all my relationships were falling apart – yes, because of sleep deprivation!
Supporting parents through this journey is a tough, but rewarding gig! I love working with children of all ages, from newborn to school aged but I have a special place in my heart for toddlers and children with behavioral challenges. The transformation that these little people have once they're rested is incredible!
I am certified in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International and am able to support you through this journey (meeting you where ever you are at), educate you and empower you to tackle these issues head on, leaving you with nothing but confidence moving forward!
As a Registered Social Worker specializing in pediatric sleep and postpartum mental health, Kelsey's services may be covered under your extended benefits package. Be sure to check with your provider!
NATASHA VERDEL, BEd, BCom
COFOUNDER - Business Admin, Sleep Specialist, Educator
**Natasha is not taking new clients at this time**
Born and raised on the west coast in beautiful Victoria, B.C.
The first thing any parent needs to teach a child is how to sleep. This will only set you and your little one up for success in the future! I can tell you first hand I had no idea how important sleep was, to a baby or myself, until I didn’t have it after my daughter (Georgia) was born. I rarely had any more than 1-2 consecutive hours of sleep at a time for 10 months straight. As a first time mom I did what was necessary just to get through the day/night: nurse, swaddle, rock, pacifier, repeat. I soon discovered a better way to a happier, healthier life once I implemented healthy sleep habits for my daughter. I was so impressed with the approach and the success we had with it, and how life-changing it was, that I decided I wanted to be able to give the gift of sleep back to families all over the world!
Before having my daughter I attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and with that experience, I run the business end of West Coast Sleep. I do the work behind the scenes to make sure the support programs are running smoothly! I have since then also received a Bachelor of Education and spend my days teaching little ones. Every day I get to see how important sleep is in order for our children to thrive!
OUR APPROACH, BELIEFS AND VALUES
West Coast Sleep Consulting is based off the strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. When parents entrust us as their child’s “sleep guide,” they are placing a great deal of trust in us, and we want to let you know that we take this responsibility very seriously.
We place so much emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child!
Our approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
We’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits, because it truly is what’s best for your child!
We’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. We encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.
We’ll show you how to measure success. No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! But we will be right there with you along the way letting you know what to expect.
We will meet you where ever you are at in your baby's sleep journey! Do not be ashamed if you feel that you are doing all the "wrong" things! There is nothing wrong with whatever you are doing as long as it works for your family. When it no longer works for you or your little one and the family is suffering, then we will support you to make the changes needed. We assure you that we have been there and completely understand that when your little one is not sleeping you do whatever you can to get some shut eye for you and your family! This is survival! We encourage you to be open and honest with us about what does and doesn't work and rest assured that you will not be judged in return. We strive to create a safe and comfortable relationship with the families that we work with!
The most commonly asked question: will my baby cry?
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why we’re always sure to tell parents that our program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that we will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will we ask you to ignore their cries. Our method is by no means a “cry it out” approach. The reason that our techniques are so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.
If you have any questions at all about our philosophy or methods, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Postpartum Mental Health Support
PROGRAMS, GOALS & INVESTMENT
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Reach out to us!
West Coast Sleep Consulting is based out of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, but works with families all over the world!
All packages and services are available via phone, email, and/or Skype/Facetime!
Near or far - We would LOVE to hear from you!