Through Line Consulting is a new branch of Roseland Psychotherapy Associates. Here at RPA we believe it is important to treat the whole individual, not just parts. Over our 20+ years of experience we have learned that many people who struggle with emotional issues, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit, low self esteem, difficulty in self regulation, behavioral issues, to name a few, may also struggle with something that is called executive functioning skills. Executive functioning skills are the skills needed to manage every-day tasks, such as organization, problem-solving, planning, time management, task initiation, and emotion regulation. People who lack executive functioning skills may also have ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder. They can be labeled by others as “lazy” or as “difficult”, and as a result of internalizing this message, they can begin to feel like they are failures in their academic, social, and workplace settings, and in their interpersonal relationships. Resulting in mental health issues.
How do you know if you or someone you love struggles with Executive Skills?
People with significant executive skills deficits, or Executive Function Disorder, can feel overwhelmed by many or all the tasks they need to accomplish each day. Despite their best intentions or efforts, they tend to lose or forget things on a regular basis, miss important deadlines frequently, display patterns of disruptive behavior at school or work, unknowingly behave inappropriately in social settings, procrastinate excessively, arrive habitually late, and/or seem unusually forgetful or rigid in their thinking.
How can coaching help?
Coaching helps people who struggle with Executive Functioning to identify and meet their goals. Coaches work collaboratively with clients to develop routines and devise strategies that will set clients up for success in their academic, professional, and personal lives. With the assistance of a coach, clients can learn how to use work arounds to help them strengthen their executive functions, thus improving their overall quality of life.
In Person Coaching:
Sessions can be held in our Roseland office or in the privacy of your own home for an additional fee. In person coaching works best for adolescents and college students who are in need of organizational assistance, and help with academic planning, emotion regulation, task initiation and implementing and adhering to routines. During in person sessions, clients can work with their coaches to set weekly goals, establish routines, organize materials, and plan for any upcoming deadlines. Clients and coaches can also anticipate scenarios that may arise and devise strategies for dealing with a variety of situations. Adults seeking assistance with any or all of these executive skills both at home and in the workplace will also benefit from in person coaching.
For children elementary school aged and younger who struggle with executive functioning, parent coaching is available to help parents develop routines and systems that will alleviate stress and set their children up for success.
Virtual sessions are available for those who cannot meet in person because their schedule does not permit them to do so, or because they are not living in the area. These sessions can meet the needs of college students going to school out state who need some assistance with the academic transition to college, organizing their daily schedules and managing their workload, and/or the social adjustment to life away from home. Virtual sessions can also benefit adults who cannot find time during their busy work days to meet in our office and teens who may already have full schedules.
Coaching over the phone is a great way for coaches and clients to connect between in person sessions. During these sessions, clients have the opportunity to ask questions that may have arisen since their last session, and they can also work collaboratively with their coach to solve problems that may have come up. Phone sessions also allow coaches to check in with their clients around their progress toward their daily and weekly goals.
What is the difference between therapy and executive functioning skills coaching:
Therapy addresses the emotions behind thoughts and behaviors– what is going on inside the mind. Coaching focuses more on the external, helping clients to make specific changes in areas of their lives where improvement is needed.
Many times traditional therapy and coaching work beautifully together to address the emotional and executive functioning disorders as well.
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