Lindsay Sealey is an Educational and Personal Development Specialist who is the founder of Bold New Girls: she is an educator, a consultant, a coach, a speaker, and the author Growing Strong Girls, published by LifeTree Media and available for pre-order on Amazon.ca. Lindsay is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail.
Lindsay is passionate about positively influencing the lives of young girls by focusing on the integration of social/emotional development with academic success, personal growth, and personal best. Lindsay has expertise in cultivating relationships with clients, emotion-focused learning, behaviour shaping, targeted interventions in cognitive skills, anxiety in learning, social skills, and helping to build positive self-efficacy.
Lindsay has more than 15 years of teaching and coaching experience working with kids of all ages and at all skill levels. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young girls through her customized learning programs, curriculum, books, workshops, and lectures and presentations. Lindsay knows the value in teaching the process of learning and understanding more than the content itself. Lindsay understands the importance of encouragement, patience, time to discuss thoughts and feelings, self-reflection, and the power of presence in the experiential process as she builds trust and safety in her relationships with girls. Lindsay is able to help girls navigate the more difficult negative emotions such as: frustration, sadness, anger, and hurt as well as help them generate positive emotions such as: hope, optimism, love, and joy as she teaches the value in effort over achievement and perfection, learning from mistakes and failing forward while maintaining a growth mindset, and learned optimism over learned helplessness.
Lindsay is adept at reading and interpreting psychoeducational assessments and she uses her knowledge and diverse experiences of the BC school curriculum to create unique integrated learning and personal development programs to help girls develop self-awareness and to improve cognitive capacities. Lindsay does so by practicing a strengths-based approach and a targeted intervention process. When working with girls, she takes a preventative stance based on the core belief that if we can start talking with young girls early, we can facilitate learning and equip young girls with the necessary tools for ongoing growth and development, love and acceptance of themselves, self-compassion, positive risk taking, and optimal health and confidence!
After earning an undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Lindsay embarked on a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University in California. Lindsay then chose a career as an Educational and Personal Development Specialist, teaching students ages 4-24 in a variety of subjects. Lindsay has created several inspirational books for young girls as well as empowerment workshops. She founded Bold New Girls as a way of combining her love of learning and education with her passion for and dedication to mental health and personal development for girls. Currently, she is writing curriculum and additional books for girls as well as speaking at various schools throughout BC. Lindsay is committed to extensive, on-going research in social/emotional development, education and learning, and the executive functioning skills and brain efficiency.
Lindsay has worked with young learners in the following areas:
- Learning difficulties
- Academic underachievement
- High anxiety
- Language delayed
- Language deficient
- Autism & Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder
- Home schooled
- Shy/ insecure/unmotivated
- Unsuccessful at school
Lindsay’s approach is one of:
- Active engagement
- Emotion-focused learning
- Explicit teaching of targeted skills
- Focus on the one-on-one relationship
- Encouragement of girls to identify their strengths, talents, hopes, & dreams
- Promoting self-awareness, self-acceptance, & self-empowerment
- Recognizing and nurturing who girls are and their core values and beliefs
- Practicing empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard
- Prevention and proactivity
Lindsay loves to:
- Run all over the city and compete in 1/2 marathon and marathon races
- Journal over coffee
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Indulge in chocolate and miniature marshmallows
- Read and study children’s books
- Create – anything and everything!
- Try to write spoken word poetry
- Bake, not cook
- Sing all kinds of music with great harmonies
- Song write
- Think about new ways to look at old ideas
- Inspirational quotations
- Reflect on what makes her most authentic and unique