EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST SERVICES
Coaching Vs. Counseling
There are many similarities between coaching and counseling. At our practice, our coaching style consists of identifying our clients’ goals and providing easy to use/implementation tools, tips and strategies for them to use. Our coaches will work with you to empower you and train you on how to help support your child. We use evidence based approaches, research, and visuals/handouts. Sessions are provided on an "as needed" basis. We recommend starting with two sessions (one initial session and a follow up). Then you and your coach will take it from there, together determining what type of support is needed. Coaching is an out of pocket expense, but coaching is usually short term and brief.
Coaching tends to be a great strategy for helping family members and those in a supportive role to learn the best ways to implement recommendations following testing. It is a very effective way for students and parents to learn very valuable psycho-educational skill sets.
Counseling/psychological services tends to be a more comprehensive process. While counseling also involves identifying goals and creating a plan to meet those goals, the counselor will also help to identify any mental health barriers that may get in the way of meeting those goals such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. At DHW, our psychologist works with the client to treat any of the identified mental health concerns. At our practice, Dr. Little-Harrison would be working directly with your child. Since psychologists are treating mental health illnesses, some insurance companies do cover the cost of the sessions. Many parents elect to schedule coaching sessions for the family members while the client is going through a counseling cycle.