Language of Listening® Team


Sandra Blackard, Founder, Master Coach

Sandy Blackard, master coach and founder of Language of Listening®, offers private coaching for coaches and coaches training for parents and professionals who want to join our Language of Listening® Coaches Network and teach our coaching skills to parents, teachers, and others. Her three simple steps for bringing out the greatness in children are introduced in a handbook that has changed thousands of lives: SAY WHAT YOU SEE® for Parents and Teachers: More hugs. More respect. Elegantly simple.

Sandy Blackard

Sandy Blackard

Sandy and her husband Patrick have two grown daughters, Colleen and Betsy, who brought wonder, delight, and lots of personal growth into their lives.

When Colleen was 4, a sudden shift in her behavior from confident to frightened and clingy led Sandy to Dr. Garry Landreth, founder of the Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas, who taught her the skills play therapist use and a new way to see children. Within a few months, Colleen skipped off to Kindergarten without looking back. Sandy changed her interactions with 3-year-old Betsy at the same time and saw her go from rebellious to cooperative in a matter of weeks 

Stunned at the rapid transformation in her daughters and herself, "Every parent should know this!" became her vow. Her drive to get an easy-to-use version of these skills into the hands of parents worldwide led to the development of the unique and powerful transformational coaching approach she teaches today.

Along the way, she co-authored Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, 1st Ed. (2006) with Drs. Landreth, Bratton, and Kellam. Both SAY WHAT YOU SEE and CPRT Treatment Manual have won awards.


Eva Sim-Zabka, Co-founder, Master Coach

Eva Sim-Zabka

Eva Sim-Zabka

Ewa "Eva" Sim-Zabka, master life coach, inspires clients with her enthusiasm for life. Around Eva, anything is possible! She brings her life-changing clarity to our workshops and coaching with a colorful style all her own.

Eva is an accomplished professional with many years of experience in personal development training, workshop presentations, and group facilitation, content creation for classroom and online training materials, management, and client support. She is a dynamic speaker, visionary, and original thinker regarding business and lifestyle choices that result in happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Eva is an inspirational leader known for creating transformational insights for audiences of all sizes.

Eva is responsible for the rapid expansion of Language of Listening® beyond parenting into the field of personal growth. Her revolutionary self-coaching For YOU (Art of No Compromise) class provides astonishing breakthroughs in happiness and self-confidence with lasting results.

Eva earned her Master's Degree in Psychology in her native Poland. She is also an artist, musician, dance instructor, world-traveler, and mother of two delightful children—a son in EMT training and a daughter who is an artist and world traveler.

Coaches Network

Betsy Blackard, Authorized Parent & Relationship Coach

Betsy Blackard

Raised in a Language of Listening® household, Betsy is a second-generation Parent and Relationship Coach based in California. She naturally uses our simple tools in her coaching interactions with parents, children, and anyone seeking to improve their relationships with themselves and others.

Betsy has twenty years of experience working with children in family, preschool, and research settings and loves the way that kids invite her to see the world, and herself, in new ways. She also loves the way that Language of Listening® enables her to connect with people of all ages with ease.

She has an MA in Positive Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and is currently completing her Ph.D. She is fascinated by language and passionate about joyful self-expression, healthy dating relationships, and effective communication between parents and children. She is available for private coaching.


Rose Clark, Authorized Parent Coach

Rosemary Clark

Rose is a mom of 2 based in Nova Scotia, Canada. After a difficult childhood, she ached to learn how to parent in a way that comes from the heart and honors children as separate individuals with their own unique thoughts and feelings. "I knew what kind of a mom I wanted to be but didn't know if those tools existed, and then I found Language of Listening®"

Driven by a deep desire to help moms LOVE the way they parent, Rose started her coaching business and online community. Rose connects with clients helping them: solve the issues behind their children's behavior, get their kids to listen without having to yell or "be mean," and feel in control so they are free to choose the best results for their kids --> all of this so these moms can finally LOVE the way they parent and TRULY ENJOY motherhood! Join Rose's Facebook Community, follow her on Instagram, and check out her blog and services.


Tracy Cutchlow, Parent Coach & Author, Authorized Speaker

Tracy Cutchlow is the author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science and an Authorized Language of Listening® Coach. She is also the editor of the bestselling books Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. Her writing on parenting appears in publications from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post. She reaches thousands of parents and professionals through her parenting tips on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.


Ruxandra Golea, Authorized Parent & Life Balance Coach

Ruxi Golea

Ruxi is the mother of two children, based in Switzerland, and a children's yoga instructor. She has served on our Advisory Board and worked closely with Sandy and Eva since 2009 when she took her first Language of Listening® class. She completed our 2-year Instructor Training Program (predecessor to our current Coaches Training Program), has co-led the Language of Listening® Mastery Class with Sandy, and currently assists with coaches training.

Ruxi brings a holistic perspective to her coaching. She is committed to helping parents find balance and flow in their parenting and all areas of their lives. She is available for private coaching.


Camilla Miller, Authorized Parent Coach

Camilla Miller, Authorized Parent Coach

Camilla Miller

Camilla is the mother of two based in West Sussex U.K. As a qualified primary school teacher, she didn’t think much about her parenting skills until her second child was born…then BAM! This child was more reactive, impulsive and threw epic tantrums. Camilla knew there had to be a way to raise kids that didn’t include constant struggles, naughty steps or reward charts, and she was right. When she discovered Language of Listening® her first thought was, “Why did no one tell me this before?!!”

Camilla’s passion is to support parents to really understand their child, especially the more challenging, reactive kids, and give parents the tools they need to transform family life. Camilla shares Language of Listening tools on her blog and coaches parents privately and through her courses, workshops, and Facebook group. Contact her at Keeping Your Cool Parenting on Facebook or on her website.


Rachel Norman, Authorized Parent Coach

Rachel Norman

Rachel is a mom of five and the author of A Mother Far from Home blog where she shares Language of Listening® tips and insights and writes on developing mindsets, routines, and habits that take the chaos out of parenting. Connect with her on her website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


Rena Rišianová, Authorized Parent Coach

Rena Rišianová

Rena Rišianová

Rena is the mother of two and is based in Slovakia. She is fluent in English and Slovak. She is a former preschool teacher and has a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She discovered Language of Listening® while organizing an online parenting summit and has been passionate about it ever since. She loves helping parents connect with their children and bring out their strengths in Power Playtime.

Rena currently owns an Early Learning Center where she works weekly with 75 children. She specializes in early childhood development and has found adding Language of Listening® to be an exciting bonus. You can connect with her on Facebook.


Simali Suthar, Authorized Parent Coach, Presenter and Speaker

Simali Suthar

Based in Austin, Texas, Simali is the mother of twin daughters and has been an educator in Texas public schools for more than 15 years.

Her passion is to learn and share globally with parents and educators the importance of social-emotional well-being in a child's life and how we as a society can have a positive impact with the right words, tools, and support. She believes that our childhood experiences shape us as adults and help us create our own unique stories.

During her professional career as an educator, she was trained in Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning strategies. She knew those tools and strategies could be learned at any age and stage of life, which was why she was especially delighted to find them embodied and simplified in the Language of Listening® coaching model which she shares with parents and educators today in her work as an authorized Language of Listening® coach, presenter, and speaker.


Lauren Tamm, Authorized Parent Coach

Lauren Tamm, Authorized Parent Coach

Lauren Tamm

Lauren is the author of The Military Wife and Mom blog where she writes on practical parenting, enjoying motherhood, and thriving through the ups and downs of military life. She offers her licensed Language of Listening® parent class, Raising Little Listeners, several times a year. Contact her on Facebook, Pinterest, or her website.


Zuzana Macková, Parent Coach

Zuzana Macková, Trained Parent Coach

Zuzana Macková

Zuzana is the author of blog and is fluent in English and Czech. She has always been interested in human development. When she first learned that she was going to become a mother, she started researching information to support the development of children from birth onward. In her search, she discovered the Montessori method and Language of Listening® coaching which she explores with Slavic readers on her blog. 


Julia Kurskaya, Parent Coach

Julia Kurskaya, Trained Parent Coach

Julia Kurskaya

Julia is the mother of two, a psychology graduate student, and choir conductor. Fluent in Russian and English, she has translated parenting articles into Russian for parenting blog including one about SAY WHAT YOU SEE®.

She has this to say about our Coaches Training program:

"Taking part in the Coaches Training program was a life-changing experience! It was so good to feel heard and understood! I saw such deep changes in the relationship with my kids as we went through the Mastery I & II class (Playtime and Play Patterns)! The YOU  class and working with likes, wants and rules has led to some huge aha moments for me. Now I am much more aware of who I am and what I believe. I have gained a new look at my life, and I am fascinated to see so many possibilities in front of me!"


Advisory Board

Theresa Kellam, PhD

Dr. Theresa Kellam

Dr. Theresa Kellam

Advisory board member, Dr. Theresa Kellam, is a licensed psychologist, author, and parent devoted to the well-being of children and families. She has extensive experience in helping adults, children, couples, and families work through a wide variety of problems.

Dr. Kellam enjoys public speaking and has spoken at many community organizations and at the University of North Texas Play Therapy Institute. She offers workshops and training for parents, teachers and therapists. She has several publications on relationship enhancement. Her most current is entitled The Parent Survival Guide: From Chaos to Harmony in 10 weeks or Less. She is also co-author of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual with Dr. Garry Landreth, Dr. Sue Bratton, and our own Sandra Blackard.

Dr. Kellam has been a visiting supervisor for graduate students at the University of North Texas and has taught psychology classes at Dallas area colleges. She has written and secured grants for non-profit organizations and has developed treatment programs for organizations that serve children and families. Follow her blog and learn more about The Parent Survival Guide at


Adrian Ionescu

Adrian Ionescu

Adrian Ionescu

High energy and passionate about personal development, our previous instructor Adrian is committed to raising his level of consciousness and not taking himself too seriously.

In his first Language of Listening® Mastery Class, he quickly recognized the global potential of Language of Listening® parenting and self-coaching, immediately joined the Language of Listening® Advisory Board, and completed our two-year instructor training program (predecessor to our current Coaches Training Program).

Adrian is a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher and sees Language of Listening® as the perfect complement to meditation. 

A force for good in his family and community and for you, Adrian is committed to making a difference in the world.