What is Kids and Teens Behavior Coaching? Behavior Coaching is great for a child, teen, parent and/or family who wants to focus on behavioral, academic or social goals. Interventions may help to build confidence, increase effective communication skills or improve problem-solving abilities.
Coaching is Not Therapy. Coaching isn't for someone who has experienced a recent trauma or who is suffering with a diagnosable mental health condition. Find out about our therapy services here.
Increasing Confidence Unhelpful behavior can cause, or be a result of, a downward spiral of low self-esteem, negative thinking, and increasingly destructive actions. This spiral, if not treated, can lead to difficulties in school, peer relationships, and home life. Coaching can interrupt the cycle and change the direction of the lifepath.
When is Behavior Coaching Helpful? Here are some situations when Behavior Coaching can be helpful: - individuals do not have a mental health diagnosis - individuals already have a therapist and are working on personal goals - behavior is distressing and/or causing problems at home, school, or in social spaces - parents and children live in different states and cannot find a therapist who is licensed in both states
How can Behavior Coaching help? Behavior Coaching can help the child, teen, parents, and/or family by:
- addressing the meaning behind the unhelpful behavior - finding successful replacement behaviors - discovering and utilizing hidden strengths - learning and using coping skills and communication skills - planning and achieving goals - increasing feelings of self-worth and self-efficacy - making decisions that align with goals - increasing the connection and cooperation between family members
How is Behavior Coaching different from Behavior Therapy? Coaching is more future-focused and goal-directed than Therapy. In Behavior Coaching, we help children, teens, and/or family change specific behavior patterns that do not align with personal or family goals via the use of psychoeducation and targeted activities that challenge irrational thoughts, help manage difficult emotions, increase effective coping skills, and improve the ability to make healthy life choices.
Additional Services Additional services may include communication with social workers, attorneys, school personnel and/or other individuals involved with the process, and preparation of a Summary of Service for Court.
FCCS Behavior Coaches are trained in various aspects of psychology, motivation, child development, communication, personal strengths, and behavioral interventions, and are supervised by a licensed mental health provider. Coaching is not therapy.
If you think you or someone you love needs a Coach, please call.
FCCS is directed by Melinda Haynes, MA, California LMFT 102308. Oklahoma LMFT 1153. North Carolina LMFT 2143.
We provide therapy for various trauma issues including absent parent, parent in prison, violence, witnessing violence, domestic violence, tragedy, murder,, witness to murder, grief, loss,, death, friend killed, violence in neighborhood, fear, first responder, vicarious trauma, nightmares, panic.