The relationship between parent and child has a major influence in the child's development. Yet, knowing how or what to do in a particular situation is not always clear. Parent coaching helps you discover practical and effective strategies to better support your child's development.
Parent coaching focuses on helping you become the parent you want to be. Some parents seek parent coaching for a specific challenge or coping support, such as bedtime battles, defiant behavior, communication barriers, coping with a traumatic event, or strengthening the parent-adolescent relationship.
The focus of parent coaching is to facilitate the tools and individualized solutions that will help you achieve your parenting goals.
Student coaching focuses on the process of developing knowledge, skills, and confidence to cope with common life challenges such as setting goals, developing effective study skills, and sustaining healthy relationships. Likewise, there can be unexpected events that may be difficult to navigate such as a family break up or loss.
A student coach facilitates:
The goal of student coaching is to heighten awareness and anchor this knowledge with new strategies, personal accountability, and a network of support.
COACHING VS. COUNSELING
There is great value in finding a professional life coach that helps you or your child move forward from a specific situation or event. An experienced life coach increases your awareness, listens and guides you towards solutions that work for you. As a student and/or guiding adult, your participation and action in the coaching process is key.
The main difference between a coaching session and a therapy session is that coaching meets you where you are and help you move forward, whereas therapy typically involves exploring your past and deep underlying issues. Coaches guide and facilitate learning. Therapists treat and diagnose mental health issues. Typically, life coaching is short-term, requiring one to six sessions. Therapy, on the other hand, generally involves a longer time span.
Coaches empower you to implement changes now and create a better future for you and those around you. The ideal coach is an engaged listener that can help you explore your present issues and facilitate the discovery of logical solutions.
When choosing a life coach, here are some questions you may want to consider:
Did the coach complete graduate coursework in counseling, psychology and/or related field?
Does the environment and professional-relationship reflect the ethical and professional standard that you would expect in coaching services?
Does the coach demonstrate an understanding of the issues and offers solutions aligned to your goals?
Don't hesitate to ask questions that help support a sound decision for coaching services. If you are interested in psychotherapy services, we will be happy to refer you to established partners in our community. Finding the right match should feel like finding a shoe that fits just right!