Val's In-Person Services

If you live in the Central Vancouver Island area and would like to learn more about in-person services for children and adults, visit our Contact page and send us an email. Please include your telephone number and best time(s) to reach you for your free 30 minute consultation. 

Parent Coaching (for parents of anxious or struggling children)

You are your child’s most influential coach. But, kids with special circumstances need a special parenting approach. It’s often hard to know what to do when your child is having a melt down, is withdrawn, or acting out in puzzling ways. Learn and practice vital parenting skills for managing anxiety and leading your child to improved coping behaviours.

Child and Family Skill Development

Anxious and struggling kids discover (or rediscover) self-management and self-soothing strategies in our weekly 1-1 sessions. Parents receive weekly telephone or Skype coaching in valuable parenting skills to learn, support, encourage, and model these key skills.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for adults

Feeling anxious yourself? Want to address a long-held issue, troubling memory, fear or phobia? Are you ready to quit smoking? These are just a few of the many areas clinical hypnosis can assist you in overcoming. Perhaps you have a goal you would like to achieve or something that you wish to manifest in your life. Hypnosis will help you draw on the power of your mighty subconscious mind for significant results. 

Set your desired goals in motion. 

More about Valerie Ostara: Closet Monster Battle Coach


I am a special education teacher, child & youth care counsellor, life management skills coach, and clinical hypnotherapist.

I have worked and played with children for over twenty years, bringing social and coping skills programs to students from preschool to high school, in schools, outreach and community programs, alternative education settings, and in private practice. My vision is to be a trusted provider of online anxiety reducing programs and products that are creative, effective, and that will enhance the well-being of families by driving out those pesky monsters and bringing peace into their homes. 

Do you remember the monsters that used to live in your closet… or under your bed?

Imagine the difference it would have made if you’d had the weapons to defeat them in your hands.  While the swords, shields and spells I use are neither dangerous or magical, they are practical and effective. I know because I have successfully used them myself…and so have many others I have taught.

How I arrived here springs from my own experiences of abandonment, loneliness, and anxiety as a child. The death of my adored father when I was four years old, and subsequent emotional collapse of my mother, left me confused and terrified. I had no answers and no strategies for survival or emotional fitness. I fumbled my way through childhood afraid, depressed, and withdrawn. I learned the lessons of anxiety very well.

Anxiety hurts us, limits us, and prevents us from living fully and joyfully. It is my purpose and passion to assist families in defeating the anxiety monsters that hide under the beds and in the closets of their children’s minds. I aid children in nurturing themselves by teaching and coaching self-management skills and anxiety reduction techniques. I support and guide parents by giving them the knowledge and support they need to become strong, solid coaches for their children.

We are a team.

Between us, we’ve got everything we need to defeat anxiety monsters and lead our children into their own place of strength and peace. I can show you how.