School coaching

School coaching is a special department at the Josef-Schwarz-Schule that provides support with learning challenges, particular educational needs and social conflicts.

Our school coaches for secondary school are

Anja Mühlenberg (School Coach Secondary)

Anja Mühlenberg studied psychology (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) at the University of Groningen. During her master's degree she completed a training as a certified coach of young professionals for personal and academic development and supported students in dealing better with stress, performance pressure or anxiety, for instance, or in setting and achieving suitable goals for themselves based on their values and strengths. In her professional career, she has worked as a youth coach, counselor, and assistant teacher respectively with children and adolescents with social and cognitive challenges. She has been a School Coach at JSS since January 2021.

Gabriele Silverstein  (School Coach Secondary)

Gabriele Silverstein received an International Business B.A from University of California, Berkeley in 1990, a Counseling Psychology Masters from University of San Francisco in 2007, and her Marriage Family Therapist License (LMFT) in 2012. 
From 2006 to 2019, she worked as a school counselor in the SF Bay Area treating children with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and academic, family, and social issues. 
From 2014 to 2021, she provided individual and family therapy in her private practice and taught “Understanding Your Depression” and “Managing Your Anxiety” in the Bay Area. 
Mrs. Silverstein has a passion for supporting children with learning differences and working with educational support teams. Her methodology combines Cognitive-Behavior, Family Systems, and Strength-Based Solutions Therapy.

Our School Coaches are able to identify any need for support or counseling at an early stage due to their close proximity to educators and children.

The School Coaches have a wide range of tests at their disposal, can provide parents with targeted advice and develop individual support plans. Support needs can be identified early, allowing School Coaches to work preventively before the need becomes a problem.

Moreover, our School Coaching is available to meet with parents regarding parenting issues. In addition to students and parents, the School Coach Office is also a point of contact for staff within the Josef Schwarz School to assist with educational, social or emotional issues.

The School Coaches as an internal crisis or care team also offer support and counseling in case of loss, grief, death, separation and illness.