Executive function coaching

Is It Difficult To Keep Up With Routines In Your Household?

Do you have trouble setting a morning routine or making it to work on time? Is it hard just to get started on college assignments or meet deadlines at work?

Perhaps you have a child struggling with similar issues. For example, your child or teen might resist doing their homework, and it may be a challenge just to get them out the door for school in the morning. You might worry that your child lacks the motivation to take age-appropriate responsibilities seriously.

self awareness

Self-awareness

evaluating one's own feelings, thoughts, behaviors & decisions.

planning

Planning & prioritizing

determining long and short term goals, as well as workable action steps to meet those goals.

organization

Organization

using strategies to keep track of belongings, assignments & responsibilities.

emotion regulation

Emotion regulation

recognizing and managing big emotions the way you tell your story can make all the difference.

self awareness

Self-awareness

evaluating one's own feelings, thoughts, behaviors & decisions.

planning

Planning & prioritizing

determining long and short term goals, as well as workable action steps to meet those goals.

organization

Organization

using strategies to keep track of belongings, assignments & responsibilities.

emotion regulation

Emotion regulation

recognizing and managing big emotions the way you tell your story can make all the difference.

cognitive flexibility

Cognitive flexibility

fostering successful transitions and appropriate responses to unexpected changes.

task initiation

Task initiation

getting started and maximizing productivity

impulse control

Impulse control

utilizing the stop and think moment before acting

working memory

Working memory

strategies to keep key. information in mind.

cognitive flexibility

Cognitive flexibility

fostering successful transitions and appropriate responses to unexpected changes.

task initiation

Task initiation

getting started and maximizing productivity

impulse control

Impulse control

utilizing the stop and think moment before acting

working memory

Working memory

strategies to keep key. information in mind.

Lots Of Young People Struggle With Organization

You might feel embarrassed or frustrated about your lack of organizational skills, especially when you receive grades or go to performance reviews. But no matter how hard you try, staying on top of all of your responsibilities feels impossible.


Maybe you’ve noticed these traits in your child. Perhaps they’re fully capable of completing certain tasks, but say it’s too hard, so they avoid attempting it. They may get “stuck” in how they view different tasks, which causes them to neglect responsibilities. For example, a difficult math assignment can discourage them from completing or even starting their math homework.

You may be concerned that these issues will become more pronounced as your child gets older, or you may be worried about your own future success in school or at work. With guidance from an executive function coach, your child can easily learn strategies to help them follow morning routines, complete their homework on their own, and improve their academic performance. And if you’re concerned about your own executive functioning skills, a coach can help you start your days on the right foot and stay on track with routines. 

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Many People Have Trouble Managing Their Schedules

Lots of students and young adults face academic challenges, whether they’re in elementary or high school. Today, young people are constantly exposed to potential distractions like social media and video games, which only make it harder to focus on schoolwork and other responsibilities. Young people with perfectionist tendencies might hesitate to start tasks if they don’t feel confident about their abilities. Some students don’t initiate tasks independently because they need positive reinforcement from others to feel motivated. 

Why Is Time Management Difficult For Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

It takes time for young people to master the social-emotional skills that enable them to complete tasks in an organized fashion. While all students have trouble in these areas from time to time, some children deal with particularly intense struggles that hold them back from reaching their full potential. 

Impaired executive function is more prevalent amongst people with a diagnosis of ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. While neurotypical children tend to naturally develop executive functioning skills like emotional regulation and cognitive flexibility, those who are dealing with another medical condition may face obstacles. However, plenty of students and young adults without these diagnoses also need some assistance with essential study skills such as organization and task initiation. These skills are more important than ever as we transition back to attending school and work in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many parents don’t seek support for their children because it seems like these issues are part of a phase. They might try to “bribe” their children into doing chores and finishing their homework by giving them rewards like candy or screen time—but their child’s reluctance might indicate a larger problem. 

Executive function issues don’t just disappear with age. A lack of support in this area can leave teens grappling with these problems well into their twenties, which affects their performance in college or at their first jobs.

Through executive function coaching, your child can master lifelong transferable skills that will serve them well in school and at home. Young adults who struggle with executive function can also benefit from working with an executive function coach.

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Executive Function Coaching Can Help Young People Stay On Track

You might be concerned that your child won’t respond well to coaching. However, kids, teens, and young adults often find coaching sessions fun and engaging, and with one-on-one attention from an executive functioning tutor, they can make progress after only a few sessions.

At Mindful Mental Health Counseling & Wellness, we provide a relaxed, open environment where your child can share their struggles and explore how these problems affect their life. An executive function coach can give them emotional support and help them navigate challenging parts of their day. Through coaching, students with executive function skills deficits can come to understand why their behavioral patterns have led to setbacks. With their coach’s support, they’ll be able to overcome these challenges with long-term solutions. 

We also welcome young adult clients who are having trouble with executive functioning skills. If you want to sharpen your executive functioning skills to improve your academic performance, professional development, or personal relationships, we’re here to support you.

What to Can Expect In Executive Function Coaching

Before starting coaching with a new client, we send clients intake questionnaires so that they can share information about the problems they’re dealing with as well as strategies that have helped or hindered their progress. If you’re scheduling a coaching session for your child, you will also receive an intake questionnaire with questions about the skills they are struggling with.

If the client is a minor, the coach will meet with your child or teen during the first session to build rapport before hosting a brief meeting with you to gain additional perspective and discuss your concerns. Only your child will attend future sessions, but the coach will check in with you as needed.

Throughout sessions, we will work collaboratively to improve executive functioning skills like time management, organization, and impulse control. Your coach will assign “experiments” between sessions to help clients work on these skills and discuss the results with them during subsequent appointments. 

For instance, a client in elementary school might try setting out their clothes and packing their backpack in the evening before a school day to see how this can speed up their morning routine. In future sessions, your child will talk about any improvements they saw after the experiment, and their coach will help them build on these strategies to address other goals. We will regularly recap strategies that we’ve gone over in previous sessions to ensure that your child retains these skills, and if your child is not making progress in a particular area, we’ll try to identify possible new solutions. We can work on similar, age-appropriate experiments for teen and young adult clients.

The Pressure To Reach Milestones Can Cause Anxiety

Executive function coaching incorporates several therapeutic techniques. Motivational Interviewing will help you or your child envision how their lives can improve if they commit to beneficial changes. We also integrate principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to educate clients on how their thoughts affect their emotions and behavior. 

Through executive function coaching, clients will learn to manage their to-do list independently. They will be able to take care of their responsibilities on time and get ready for school or work with little to no assistance. And with better emotion regulation and impulse control, they will also have an easier time communicating with others and building lasting friendships. 

What To Expect In Therapy Sessions

Before your first session, you’ll fill out an intake questionnaire with details about why you’ve chosen to seek counseling.  During our first session, we’ll have an open-ended discussion about the challenges you’re currently facing and your goals for therapy. Initial sessions typically last about one hour, while subsequent sessions will be about 45 minutes. 

When working with young adults, we apply a solution-focused approach to therapy that emphasizes your unique strengths and past successes. We’ll go over coping methods that may not be serving you well and explore how you can replace these behaviors with more effective habits. Furthermore, we’ll map out concrete steps that will help you work towards your personal and professional goals. Through therapy, you’ll learn to identify stressors that exacerbate your anxiety or depression as well as behavioral patterns that hinder your healing progress.

But You May Still Have Questions About Executive Function Coaching…

What if my child doesn’t want to attend coaching?

We understand that your child might initially be averse to executive function coaching. That’s why we spend our first sessions building rapport and gaining genuine buy-in. Once your child understands how time management strategies and emotional regulation skills can drastically improve their lives, they will probably be eager to come back for future sessions. In our experience, we find that most students love their experience here and want to keep coming!

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Executive function coaching

When can I expect to see improvements in my child’s organizational skills?

Every student’s timeline is personal and their progress will depend on their individual needs and motivation. We generally spend the first session or two identifying areas where your child can improve and begin focusing on skill-building during our third session. This is when parents generally start to notice positive changes. Sometimes, students begin making significant progress after just one session!

Young People Can Gain The Skills They Need To Succeed

If you want to help your child become more self-motivated, you can learn more about executive function coaching by emailing us to request a free 15-minute phone consultation. You can book a session by scheduling an appointment through our contact page.

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