~ Dragonfly Academy ~

Personalized Coaching for YOUth (ages 5-18) 

+ Family plans to learn the skills together!

Coaching is offered in Dee DiGioia’s home studio in Los Osos, CA


Is your child struggling with stress?  relationships? difficult emotions?

“Dragonfly Academy” is a personalized coaching program to address a child’s or teen’s specific areas of challenges, including, but not limited to anxiety, stress, anger, impulsive tendencies, and social challenges, while developing the essential life skills of emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” — the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!  

Personal coaching is a great alternative when the times or locations of our community classes do not work for you, or when a more individualized approach may be beneficial.

I create a safe, supportive, and accepting environment to help children/teens feel confident to try new things, discover their inner resources, and reach new heights in mental and emotional well-being grounded in science and positive psychology using mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques! Your child/teen will become empowered with the confidence for facing the challenges and stresses in life today by cultivating healthy life skills & habits for positive attitudes, behaviors, relationships, as well as resilience for well-being and success throughout all stages of life. Your child/teen will come to learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm them and they can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs. These positive experiences will transform, not only inner peace and happiness, but also social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community! These are skills for life! 

Give your child an edge to succeed academically and socially with a whole new set of life skills because “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful!

My roles have varied over the years as a speech-language therapist, preschool director, bullying prevention specialist, and Mindfulness and Life Skills Coach, to name a few. My studies have included specialized learning and training in areas including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma, anxiety, sensory challenges, life coaching, autism, bullying, and so much more. I have worked with large groups, small groups, and individuals for 35+ years serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and communication challenges. I have pioneered mindfulness programs in schools in Northern CA before moving here.  And I have created Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) for youth to meet their individual needs. “Dragonfly Academy” lesson content for one child may look quite different than for another child, based on their individual needs, personalities, and developmental levels. That’s what makes this home program so YOUnique!
“On-your-own” practices will be assigned in between our sessions and are a critical component of this program.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than providing youth with the skills I wish I learned when I was growing up! Check out my blog “I see you…” on anxiety.
See Program Options and Booking Links below!

“Dee DiGioia has a sensible, kind, and effective approach in working with children. Her manner and techniques seem tailor-made to fit the unique child she meets in her sessions. After 12 sessions with my daughter, I heard beautiful and self-affirming statements and behavior from my daughter at random moments where she was able to relax herself instead of succumbing to anxiety. It has been helpful for her to expand her toolkit for calming herself. The other day I saw her keyed up and she began tapping her fingers together in a purposeful sequence that {Dee} showed her. It worked! We recommend Dee wholeheartedly.” ~M.L.A., parent

Dragonfly Academy: Personal Coaching


Choose 30 minute OR 60 minute sessions, scheduled at your convenience!

  • A minimum of 8 sessions are recommended
  • “On Your Own” practices will be assigned in between sessions
  • Schedule at your convenience — renew as many times as needed!
Parent/Guardian will receive a follow-up email summary of the session with suggestions for “on your own” practice and carryover each week. Parent may participate in the sessions in full or in part if it does not interfere with the child’s ability to participate effectively (we will discuss a plan that will best support your child).


Complimentary initial consultation.

The consultation is for the purpose of getting information and assessing areas of need to determine a coaching plan, as well as to determine if this program is a good fit.

$30 per 30 minute session // $60 per 60 minute session 

  • 2nd sibling 50% discount (when seen together)

Venmo ~ https://venmo.com/Dee-DiGioia (free app!)


Please let me know if you need help with registration process.
MK YOU is an approved Vendor for Inspire.
Jump in at these extraordinary introductory rates considering the additional time spent creating individualized weekly plans, practice assignments, answering your additional questions, and follow-up!


Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (my home studio) ~ 1520 4th Street, Los Osos, CA 93402

BOOK an appointment

Please schedule an initial consultation first. Contact Dee if you have any questions or would like help with scheduling!


“S— was having a friend over to play yesterday and she told her dad to tell her she ‘had’ to do yoga before they could play video games. She said to act like it was his requirement. So funny. I really do see an improvement in S—‘s ability to control her reactions and I really appreciate your classes.” -GR
The child mentioned above received personal coaching to manage difficult emotions and life circumstances. She found a way to interact with her friends in a way that helps her feel good!

“Concern over my daughter’s perfectionist tendencies led me to contact Dee DiGioia regarding mindfulness coaching.  While initially resistive and skeptical, my daughter has come to enjoy and benefit from the sessions.  Dee is a kind, caring, and energetic teacher who employs a variety of approaches, including discussion, music, visualization, and movement.  My daughter is learning tools and techniques to calm and quiet her mind, as well as developing self-acceptance, compassion, and gratitude.  I believe that what she is gaining from the sessions will serve her well on many levels and stages of her life.” ~C.T., parent

What is behind the name “Dragonfly Academy”?  The symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The dragonfly is often associated with transformation, wisdom, adaptability, resilience, and power. The dragonfly begins its life submerged under water as a nymph and endures many obstacles and challenges before emerging as the revered and beautiful dragonfly. As we shed any negative or unskillful patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors, and habits, then we are growing our “wings” and are empowered to experience a whole new way of living in happiness, health, wisdom, and well-being. This is our true nature. May you be Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful * Skillful!


Be sure to check out our other informational pages:

What is MindfulnessResearch and Benefits, Why Mindfulness, and What students are saying about mindfulness 


Questions? Email Dee DiGioia

or text/call 805-270-5523

Learn more about Dee DiGioiaCertified Mindfulness, Yoga, & Life Skills Coach

Photos of my home studio in Los Osos, CA (below):

I rarely take photos during our personalized sessions. These were staged to show my home studio and the kinds of things we do!