By Dr. Kim Dwyer
Coaching is designed for people who are looking for personal growth and assistance in reaching their goals. Similar to a sports coach, an organizational or academic coach offers a measure of accountability, helps keep people on track, and assists in assessing progress towards goals. Organizational and academic coaching is not psychotherapy. While it may be helpful for children and adults with learning issues or AD/HD, it is not designed to assess or treat these conditions. Coaching is optimally suited for people without significant mental health symptoms, or for whom symptoms are well controlled through a successful course of psychotherapy or psychopharmacology. For some individuals with organizational or academic coaching needs and mental health needs, coaching can be incorporated into therapeutic appointments.
Organizational and Academic Coaching may be for you or your child if:
- You are impeded in reaching your goals or experiencing academic success because of disorganization in your planning and possession of “stuff” (messy backpacks, lockers, desks, files, etc)
- You have difficulty reliably keeping track of appointments, assignments, due dates, resulting in being late or missing obligations
- Working in small “chunks” towards a long term goal or project is difficult for you, resulting in late nights spent the night before a major test, assignment, or presentation
- Time management is difficult for you, and you often misjudge the amount of time necessary to devote to a project, or find yourself wasting time on the less important details
- Stress related to your disorganization has taken on a life of it’s own, and impedes your progress
In addition to academic and organizational coaching, RMCD is excited to provide skills targeted behavior therapy for individuals who could benefit from a combination of therapeutic intervention and coaching skills. Working with students, and often their parents, we will work with you to address symptoms of inattention or other executive function difficulties by structuring behavior plans and developing individualized behavior strategies for optimal success at school, in the workplace, and in life.