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FAQ Coaching/Counseling/Consultation

Jill Lam Ph.D., LPCC-S - 1/1/2016

Coaching is action and movement oriented. It focuses on helping clients identify and reach their goals. The strategies, tools, and techniques that are used are unique to the client and assist the client to be successful in all areas of life. For example, a parent may receive coaching to help learn how to parent a child with a learning disability or an adult with ADD/ADHD may receive coaching to learn how to set and achieve career goals or a student with Aspergerís may receive coaching to develop communication skills and achieve relationship goals.

A disability impacts all aspects of a personís life (learning, social, emotional, and behavioral). Counseling is a way to bring awareness of past or current feelings and events to the surface so they can be acknowledged and alleviated. Specific strategies, tools, and techniques are used that are unique to the client based specifically on the clientís disability. Counseling helps the client gain perspective and insight into his/her own emotions and behaviors. For example, a parent may experience guilt over having a child with a disability and this may impede the parent/child relationship or an adult with dyslexia may experience anxiety based on negative academic experiences or a student may have low self-esteem and experience bullying at school due to a learning disability.

Forest Alliance Coaching provides consultation services to parents, caregivers, individuals, agencies, and schools. Consultation involves; shared investigation, collaborative problem solving and decision making, cooperative planning and intervention, and mutual evaluations and reviews. All participants in the consultation process are viewed as equal in status and in sharing expertise. Here is an example of consultation with parents: Parents are concerned about the appropriateness of their childís IEP and have an initial consultation with me. A meeting is scheduled with the school so that a full consultation can occur and the concerns can be addressed. Sometimes the school initiates the consultation. For example, there may be a number of students who are experiencing similar problems and the school initiates the consultation to help in the problem solving process. Often high school students or their parents are concerned about their future after high school. A meeting is held to discuss these concerns and review possible options based on the studentís unique strengths and weaknesses. I also will review other diagnostic reports and meet with parents to explain these results so they understand their childís strengths and weaknesses better.

All of these services are related to some degree. Some people contacting me know exactly what they are looking for, such as a school wanting a consultation regarding a type of learning disability. Sometimes a parent is looking for coaching services regarding their childís disability and in the process discovers that they have some past issues related to their own educational experiences. No matter which service is the primary focus the other services are integrated as needed.

Since I have an expertise in the area of disabilities, I recognize the whole person. I understand how the disability is impacting a person or families life. For example, parenting a child with Aspergerís is different than parenting a child without Aspergerís. Furthermore, it is not helpful to advise an adult with ADD/ADHD that they would be more productive if they could just become more organized. Also, a counselor may not understand that a childís behavior problems at school are a SYMPTOM of his/her learning disability and behavior management plans will not get to the heart of the problem.

The time involved depends on the situation and commitment. Clients can be seen on a weekly, every other week, monthly, or as needed basis. The more time and energy put into coaching and counseling the sooner goals can be achieved and results will occur.

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