~ Dragonfly Coaching Academy ~

Personalized Coaching for YOUth (ages 5-17) 

 PLEASE NOTE ~ personal coaching is on hold while I focus on our new membership program for kids (JOIN US! Check out Mindful Explorers), and prepare for our school programs coming in August 2020. 

Coaching is offered in Dee DiGioia’s home studio in Los Osos, CA  
Is your child struggling with stress or other strong emotions? relationships/social skills?

Dragonfly Coaching Academy: Personalized coaching for ages 5-17 to address specific areas of challenges, including, but not limited to anxiety, stress, anger, bullying or other social challenges by exploring the inner world of thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors!  Your child/teen will become empowered with the confidence for facing the challenges and stresses in life today by cultivating positive, healthy life skills and habits of mind to feel more in control of challenging emotions and relationships at home and school.

*Individual coaching sessions for Youth

*Option for group coaching sessions for families to learn together

Who else might benefit? Does your child have high “always on the move” energy? Challenges with self-regulation and impulse control? Obsessed with video gaming*? Your child may also be a great candidate for personal coaching to address these challenges.

*DID YOU KNOW? Video game addiction is officially a mental health disorder

Life Coaching * Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction * Cognitive Behavioral Therapy * and more!

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! “Medication is often prescribed for children with anxiety, as it is for adults. Antidepressants often helps reduce anxiety. But what many people don’t know is that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very effective for kids who are anxious. In fact, research over more than 20 years has shown that CBT is the most effective treatment for reducing symptoms of severe anxiety. And unlike taking medication, the therapy gives children the tools to manage the anxiety themselves, now and in the future.” (1)

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!

“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.

The science and research is confirming

the powerful and transformational benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and social-emotional learning for youth!

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

In our studio at Mindful Kindful YOUniversity


45 minute sessions, scheduled at your convenience!

  • There is an initial commitment of 8 sessions ~ meeting weekly or every other week.
  • “On Your Own” practices will be assigned in between sessions
  • Schedule at your convenience using our booking link below.
  • 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.

For an 8 week program the investment is $400 (when paid in full in advance of start date). The fees include the additional time spent creating individualized weekly plans and sending follow-up practice assignments (sent via email). 

  • Weekly payments will be accepted (one week in advance of each session) in the amount of $60 x 8 weeks for a total of $480.
  • Programs may be renewed in full or on a “maintenance” plan (less frequency) as agreed upon.

Pay via Paypal https://www.paypal.me/deedigioia


Please let me know if you need help with registration process.
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Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (my home studio) ~ 1520 4th Street, Los Osos, CA 93402

BOOK your appointment

 PLEASE NOTE ~ personal coaching is on hold while I focus on our new membership program for kids, and prepare for our school programs coming in August 2020.

“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

“Dee is wise, thoughtful, and her insights are empowering. I was impressed not only with the affordable pricing structure, but by the genuine caring attitude. I can tell she is in this to make a real difference for her clients, instead of just punching the clock. That’s the kind of coaching I was looking for. I’m going to refer my teen-aged students to her programs as well. With a free consultation, it’s easy to see if this kind of counseling is a fit for you.” ~Bonnie T.

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 bullying intervention mindfulness programs in schools in Northern CA before moving here to the Central Coast of CA.  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!

Dee DiGioia, Your LIfe Skills Coach

CERTIFIED: Mindfulness Educator, Meditation Teacher, Transformational Life Coach, including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, Quantum Process Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, and more.  >> About Dee DiGioia <<

Questions? Email or text/call 805-270-5523

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 



(1) Behavioral Treatment for Kids With Anxiety

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!