Life is filled with ups and downs. Arizona Family Counseling Family Coaching is here to help your family thrive in every season of life.
Parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. We all have times when caring for our children can be especially difficult. The best parenting response may not be as obvious as we wish it were during those challenging times.
When your family experiences a tricky situation Arizona Family Counseling Family Coaches are here for you. Our Family Coach team draws on our expert understanding of attachment, child development, family systems theory, birth order theory, trauma-informed care, behavior modification, and foundational Biblical principles.
Our coaches have experience applying our clinical understanding to help families with children of all ages and backgrounds. We have significant expertise in supporting families that are currently in the process of providing foster care or pursuing adoption.
What is Family Coaching?
Family coaching sessions are typically 75 minutes long with one or multiple caregivers meeting with the family coach without their children present. This creates a supportive space where you, the parent or caregiver, can speak openly about the issues or concerns you have going on in your home environment.
After learning about you and your parenting style, your family, and the external factors that are influencing your family our family coaches begin to work with you in understanding key psychoeducational principles that would help you in your parenting. Then we work with you, the parent, to implement those principles to help your children thrive during those challenging situations.
Our families love Family Coaching services because they find that the family coach creates a warm, non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere where they can be open and honest about their challenges as a parent and be encouraged to grow.
I am seeking help for my child, what is the difference between family coaching and counseling?
Family coaching is often used by parents that are not quite ready for their children to have counseling services but they know they need a little help. Many of our parents that use family coaching tend to have an “I want to be able to fix this myself” attitude.
Although most family coaching is to help a child, the parents are the individual participating in the services. Family coaching differs from counseling/therapy in that it is less intense support. Instead of providing therapy where the client processes their thoughts, feelings, and body sensation, family coaches provide a sort of assessment and consultation for the caregivers.
We take the same clinical understanding of attachment, emotion regulation, child development, etc that a therapist might have and we share that information in an easy-to-understand manner. Then we provide coaching on how to apply that understanding to your specific situation as you work to empower your family to greater success.
Family coaching does not help clients do any sort of processing of current or past difficulties. We do not consider family coaching counseling. Instead, we focus on ensuring you have the most important information to empower your parenting decisions. Then we work with you to formulate a specific plan of action to address the needs of your family. Some think of it as their taking a training that is tailored specifically for their family situation
What type of issues does family coaching address?
Most of our clients are seeking help with problems having to do with their children. Some of the most common issues we help families address are:
· Child behavioral difficulties (tantrums, disrespect, lying, disobedience, anxiety, etc)
· Sibling fighting
· Parenting in a trauma-informed manner
· Parenting adopted children
· Developmental challenges (infant/newborn sleep schedules, balancing structure and trust with teens, etc)
· Caregiver parenting styles
· Strengthening attachment
· Blending families
· Improving family communication
· Balancing a nurturing and structured parenting approach
· Caregiver burnout/self-care
· How to lead your family through grief and loss
· How to thrive in parenting when going through a stressful season
Are family coaches counselors?
Family coaches are not all licensed counselors, social workers, or marriage and family therapists. Family coaches most often have the experience of parenting their own children or foster children, and they also are educated in the most relevant clinical topics for better understanding your children’s unique needs. Many parent clients enjoy family coaching services because they felt like they had someone specifically to support them in parenting their children.
Is family coaching only for fixing problems with my children?
No. Some families have requested family coaching proactively to help them prepare for an upcoming stressful situation (move, adoption, deployment, job change etc). Some caregivers have also sought out family coaching to help them with their resolution for growth in their skills as a parent.
What types of interventions do your family coaches use?
We use parenting interventions from Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), Integrative Parenting, Circle of Security®, Bryan Post, Dan Siegel, and other leaders in the field. If you would like to get an introduction to the style and types of training our family coaches provide, please check out our online trainings at Family Care Learning. Below are examples of training from our family coach team: