What Does It Mean to Work with a Theracoach?
When working with a Theracoach you are working with someone who is dedicated to a very specialized set of services in a practice that uses typical adult tools to practice guided strategies, methods and techniques enabling clients to move beyond self-limiting behaviors. This unique approach is a problem-centered solutions-based system using goals they have developed with the Theracoach and then putting them into action.
The Theracoach is a unique professional who can approach and connect with their client in a real time relationship that is separate and distinct from traditional, clinical therapy. Theracoaching helps clients feel that they are more than a condition, a problem to be managed or under examination. In other words, we work with the client, not on them!
What Does the Theracoach Do?
The Theracoach uses an innovative, process developed by Founder Veronica Lieb-Crawford to uncover and develop personal competence by using the Five I’s as part of developing a plan with the client. The Five I’s consist of: Insight, Intuition, Ingenuity, Innovation, and Introspection, of which any one or more of them serve as building blocks for the client to recognize and the Theracoach to aid in viewing themselves as a stronger, more capable person. The Theracoaching approach empowers the client to make informed decisions through the plan they develop with their Theracoach. Some common areas of focus for the Theracoach is to assist the client in:
- processing through lost opportunities
- work, school and relationship frustrations
- having a clearer understanding of personal strengths
- accepting functional limitations
- developing healthy coping skills
- learning how to smoothly transition out of crisis through personal competency
This plan is set up to address pressing, immediate goals through practice with the client, establishing short and long-term goals, and putting them into action. Practice means going out of the meeting room and into authentic, community-based settings on their own, in groups, with their Theracoach, or even with one of P.A.R.T’s assigned practitioners. Clients are provided the how to’s of learning and at their own pace taken to the next step in the plan developed. Continued experience and practice usually results in the Client’s ability to independently apply their plans and decision-making strategies specifically created with them and the Theracoach.
What Are Some of the Typical Issues and Profile of a PART Client?
- 17 years and older
- Average to Above Average Functional Intellectual Skills
- Average to Above Average Tested Intellectual Skills (might test lower, with strengths as an analyzer/observer)
- Does well on homework, but does not test well in school.
- Does well on tests in school, but does not complete or do well on homework.
- Tested skills do not match performance demonstrated.
- Very expressive verbally, but can?t write well.
- Has advanced writing skills, but prefers not to be or struggles verbally.
- Shy with others in a group, but better one-on-one
- Gets along better with adults than peers
- Interested in adult-related activities, more than peer-related activities.
- Seems to understand others, almost intuitive, insightful, and even introspective; but struggles or self-isolates with relationships in general.
- Talented with gifts in music, art, poetry, writing, understanding nature, is a critical thinker, but struggles with social nuances.
- Changes their mind frequently- is not argumentative, but is confused about their future.
- Gets perplexed and over-analyzes all the choices and options needed to make successful life choices.
- Can be overly concerned with starting new things, filling out forms, change in routine.
- Doing simple things creates anxiety, but more complex things are not as much of an issue.
- Compares self to others frequently in a negative, self-limiting manner.
- Might or has been diagnosed as twice exceptional
Has been diagnosed or considered as having:
- ADHD or ADD
- Level I Autism or may be regarded as having high functioning autism
- Specific Learning Disabilities with average to gifted IQ
- NVLD (Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities), with average to above average IQ
- Could have co-occurring Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or any related condition affecting learning, processing, sequencing, or socializing.
The diagnosis is utilized for the purpose of legal accommodations needs for work or school. PART is a strength-based model, whose Theracoaches work on moving past life setbacks and limitations through strategies and practices building personal resilience so that one can become a fully functional adult!