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Supporting Children’s Well-Being and Safety

With over 20 years experience in international schools, I offer personalised counseling and workshops to students, parents, teachers and counselors to support the foundations of social and emotional well-being: emotional regulation, communication skills, community building and child protection.

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Kelli Holm

Kelli has implemented so many programs and gives so much support to our students, staff and parents alike, as well as developing relationships in our community, and offering helpful resources that make a difference. Her lessons on child protection for our students are exceptional and she has made potentially difficult discussions easy and enjoyable for our kids.

~ Teacher at BIS

Counseling for International Students

Social-emotional counseling plays a crucial role in supporting individuals' mental well-being by providing them with tools to navigate and understand their emotions, relationships and personal challenges.

By addressing issues such as anxiety, identity and self-esteem, it fosters perseverance and enhances interpersonal skills, ultimately promoting healthier and more fulfilling lives. Through tailored guidance and support, social-emotional counseling empowers individuals to cultivate self-awareness, develop coping strategies and build meaningful connections, laying a foundation for lifelong emotional resilience and personal growth.

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Child Protection

Educate your students to take action in protecting themselves and others against abuse.

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Additional Services

Communication Skills

Effective communication skills are of paramount importance for students’ academic and social-emotional well-being.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation has never been as critical in this climate of noticeable increases in anxiety, depression and alienation from others.

Community Building

A strong school community is the foundation for how students learn and flourish as they continue to grow.

Looking forward to seeing Kelli again. I thought the work Kelli did with us last week was incredibly valuable and she has such a fantastic way of presenting this information; the right mixture of knowledgeable and disarming.

~ Staff member at the Independent Bonn International School

Who I am

I’ve been in international education for 22 years, working in IB schools in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as being CASEL’s (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) first Global SEL Practise Specialist.

I was a primary classroom teacher for well over a decade, curriculum coordinator and school counselor for the last half of my career. My counseling practice has been informed by my experience as a teacher and I bring a well-rounded perspective to all my work, as someone who has worked in many countries and in varied capacities.

I understand the unique challenges that international students and their families face when transitioning to, living in and leaving various countries. I whole-heartedly bring my skills, compassion and dedication to provide support and guidance to help children thrive socially, emotionally and academically through individual and group counseling, coaching with families and workshops for school staff.

Kelli Holm
Founder of Boldenbrave 2020

As a father, I've been incredibly fortunate to have Kelli as my children's counselor. As a direct result of the work I know is happening with Kelli in the primary school, I see clear evidence at home that my kids are being equipped with the language, skills, and knowledge to lead healthy and safe lives.

~ Parent at BIS