Q. My child has had therapy over the years. How is coaching different from therapy?
A. Therapy, counseling, and related services address emotional, psychological, and/or psychiatric issues. Coaching is a different process that supports you to identify specific life goals and reach them; athletic, executive, and health coaching are examples of opportunities to benefit from coaching.
Coaching to reach transition goals begins with assessing a starting point, agreeing on a realistic and practical plan, putting you in touch with resources, and tracking progress. Instead of hour-long office sessions, a coaching format is more flexible, offering different options for ongoing contact.
Meetings can take place in the office, home, and/or other location, customized for your needs. Sometimes a coaching meeting is held in the community, as a session may involve accompanying a youth to try something for the first time.
Q. How is STAGES Transition Coaching different from other life coaching?
A. STAGES Transition Coaching benefit your child and it also benefits you and other family members involved with your child. After all, this is your transition, too.
The STAGES Transition Springboard applies hands-on approaches that take into consideration your youth/young adult’s learning styles, interests, strengths, and needs.
Simulation and other practical activities promote progress and a sense of accomplishment.
Q. Why is Simulation an important tool for Stages Transition Coaching?
A. Small focused steps along with the opportunity to practice new behaviors and decision-making can reduce anxiety and uncertainty.
You know that your child learns best by doing and simulation provides a practice opportunity that also addresses the emotional component of a new challenge or behavior.
STAGES transition coaching offers concrete, hands-on learning to practice new skills. Your youth/young adult gains experience and confidence toward embracing the new challenges.
Q. Why should I consider STAGES transition coaching now?
A. You may be putting in lots of time attempting to navigate a complex stage of your child’s life. You want your time and effort to be as effective as possible.
Or you may be pondering where to begin. Sharing the responsibility with a coach can make the process less stressful with more satisfying results.
STAGES transition coaching helps identify resources and options, supports your child to set goals and identify skills need to reach them.
Q. Do families and their child meet together for coaching?
A. They meet together from time to time. But it’s your child’s journey, and as for any of us, transitioning into adulthood also means beginning to relate differently to our family.
And—it’s YOUR transition, too. So having your own coaching time to address your needs and questions related to your changing role in supporting your child can be very helpful.