An over-dependence on cell phones, texting, video-games or social media start to replace personal relationships and healthy activities, while teens are exposed to bullying, sex or violence resulting in confusion, anxiety, depression and anger. Teens can begin deviate from family values and “escape” and cope in unhealthy ways (drugs, alcohol, cutting, isolation, etc) complicating their successful transition to responsible adulthood.
For teens, follow-through is difficult. There are so many distractions – things that quickly consume their attention and delay or prevent them from making progress with therapeutic goals. From excuses, avoidance and outright defiance, teens often are difficult to engage in therapy, and even more so with “homework” – follow through with tasks or activities to support the therapeutic process. Add in hurdles such as depression, anxiety or substance use, teens often don’t see “the point” of therapy, and become frustrated, not seeing the practical application to their every day lives.
Coach-Mentors helps make those connections for teens – by coaching, guiding and mentoring teens in a natural environment, speaking their own language and providing the right amount of structure and encouragement to get things done and orient them back into alignment with their family and family’s values.
More than ever young adults are lacking necessary skills needed to function independently on their own away from home. While causes are complex and debated, failure to navigate college, challenges in the workforce and struggles with healthy adult relationships result in frustration and tension with family and loved ones. Some young adults find themselves still at home or back home while others are floundering trying to make it on their own.
Sometimes drinking and drug use, depression, anxiety or other clinical issues are present further adding to the challenge of achieving healthy independence.
Our Coach-Mentors help young adults learn practical skills to support their developing independence and how to navigate the obstacles that have interfered with their progress. Having a Coach-mentor who can “walk the walk” with a young adult, providing guidance and support in each situation, can make all the difference in the world. It can make the difference between giving up and the willingness to try again.
Age alone does not define when we need help and support. Coach-Mentors is able to help adults with their own unique recovery or therapeutic goals – whether that is helping to establish a more healthy lifestyle, strengthening family relationships, accompanying them to support groups or appointments, or being a sober companion when they are facing triggers. Having someone to help guide and support you between sessions with your therapist can make a significant difference in moving forward with achieving personal goals.