11-15-2017 08:22 PM
@Sophi-RO I'm sure you'll answer the question about Is it counselling too, but I would say it's not counselling. We had a brief chat for the coach to get an idea about the family and where we were at and the issues we wanted help with, but we didn't really go into even my daughter's issues - it's was learning techniques for creating a better relationship with my daughter and communicating effectively. We didn't go into the psychology behind it all.
11-15-2017 08:23 PM
11-15-2017 08:24 PM
So hopefully this image might explain it a little bit too - but a coach is not a counselor: instead of focusing on the problem, they focus on the solution and the way forward. It's very practical and action/future focused.
The coach is aiming to work in partnership with you, clarify what you want, what’s working and what's getting in the way. The coach will ask the right questions that will help you come up with solutions that will work for your family, and make a plan to move forward. Along the way, the coach will provide effective parenting tools.
So essentially, the focus is not on the problem, but on the solution.
11-15-2017 08:26 PM
11-15-2017 08:29 PM
So the next most common question I get is regarding the teenager being willing to engage. Does that need to happen for the coaching to continue?
If My teenager wants nothing to do with this, does that matter?
11-15-2017 08:33 PM
Thank you for kind welcome, I have 15yr old daughter who has just been diagnosed with high anxiety and a 17yr old son who loathes school and dropped out a couple weeks ago and lacks motivation and we think he too has anxiety but won't admit it even though he has seen counsellor a few times. Just looking for ideas to be able to help them both.
11-15-2017 08:34 PM
So the question is, If my teenager wants nothing to do with this, does that matter?
So no, that doesn't matter! In fact that's kinda how the program is designed... It focused on you, the parent. If you wanted to though, there is no harm in suggesting our youth service to your teenager (reachout.com), so they can have a look for themselvesat info, videos, podcasts, forums, apps & tools...