When Should a Teen be Referred for Coaching?

"Our mission is to provide evidence-based and interactive services to help kids and teens learn the skills needed for wellness and success. If they need healing, treatment or specific support, MRC is here to empower youth in our community."                                                               - Dr. Julie Hartman

What is Coaching?

  • Compassionate and confidential.

  • For people who are doing generally well, but desire to do even better.

  • Focuses on purpose, vision, and, strengths.

  • Focuses on health and well-being.

  • A coach is a sounding board, a confidante, a motivator, and a partner for developing strategies to bring out the best in you. Research shows that the most successful people require this support.

  • Coaching is more flexible than therapy, such as the use of phone calls and e-mail instead of or in addition to in-person sessions.

When coaching is for your teen:

  • When your teen needs help transitioning through a particular change.

  • When your teens seems 'in a rut' and want direction or clarity in your life.

  • When your teen needs support taking responsibility for something in his/her life (ADHD, LD, tutoring, habits).

  • When your teen needs support reaching health and fitness goals.

  • When your teen needs guidance with personal transformaion.

Our MRC Clinicians are trained to determine whether or not coaching vs therapy is rigth for your teen. You may seek coaching but it turns out that to truly benefit, he/she needs therapy first. Parents who take an honest look at their teen should trust their instincts; if you think he/she imight benefit from coaching, take action now. Contact us for an informational session to figure this out.

Behavior and mood that may require attention (one or more may apply):

  • becomes more secretive - more than a desire for greater privacy

  • regular, sudden outbursts of anger - clearly unreasonable and out of proportion to whatever has caused the anger

  • regularly misses curfew, does not show up when expected, and lies about his or her whereabouts (is not where you expected them to be if you check up on them)

  • sleeping alot, difficulty getting up in the morning or falling asleep

  • appetite erratic (eating less or more than usual)

  • social skiils issues, such as bossiness, shyness, missing other's cues

  • extreme mood swings, from depression to elation

  • eating disorder signs (worried about getting fat, over-exercise)

  • sick alot - complaining of stomach aches, headaches, allergies

  • stolen money from your purse on regular occasions

  • negative attitude "I hate school, my teacher hates me, I'm not a school person"

  • overwhelmed statements, "I am trying, but nothing gets better, it's too hard"

  • isolating statements, "leave me alone, nobody likes me"

  • risky behaviors

  • looks hazy, out of it, looks sleepy most of the time

  • fighting alot with parent(s), teacher(s), and/or others

  • doesn't follow your rules, tries to be the boss most of the time

  • worries alot, alot of 'what if' statements

  • struggles with organization, too much clutter/mess

  • cries or protests alot around separations

  • mean to siblings, pets

  • easily frustrated, gives up, asks someone to do it for him/her

  • bored

  • school grades decline

  • teacher complains about adolescent or suggests therapy

  • change in friends, clothing, habits (especially if parent/school isn't fond of them)

  • increased conflict, yelling, 'silent treatment'

  • phobia

  • for girls - excessive, distracting upset during/just prior to menstrual cycle

  • OCD - obsesses and/or engages in rituals to manage stress/fear/worry

General situations that may require extra attenion for your adolescent:

  • separation/divorce, custody issues, parent lives out of adolescent's day-to-day house

  • loss of a loved one

  • life transition - new school, new grade in school, new teacher, new sibling, new house

  • hormonal changes - may cause strain on mood/behavior/relationships

  • break-up of freindship/romantic relationship

  • trauma or abuse

  • natural distaster

  • pregnancy or pregnancy 'scare'

  • sexually transmitted disease treatment need

Contact us for an informational session to figure this out.

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