Psychotherapeutic Academic Coaching

Do you want to improve your child’s process of learning by addressing obstacles that impede achievement?

Optimal Learning

Psychotherapeutic academic coaching addresses both the cognitive and psychological obstacles to optimal learning. These obstacles can involve academic anxiety, poor metacognitive skills (“thinking about thinking”), and low academic motivation.

Academic anxiety can include:

Academic metacognitive skills can include:

Academic motivation can be affected by:

  • Overwhelming worry about scholastic performance outcome
  • Apprehension about specific skills or content deficits
  • Poor academic self-concept
  • Physical symptoms of anxiety (e.g., rapid heartbeat, dry mouth) during an academic task

  • Regulation of cognition: planning, monitoring, and evaluating
  • Organizational strategies
  • Note-taking strategies
  • Test preparation and test-taking strategies
  • Memory and recall strategies

  • Intrinsic motives (e.g., learning for the joy of learning)
  • Extrinsic motives (e.g., completing assignments for fear of punishment)
  • Failure-avoidance (e.g., not completing homework for fear of failing)
  • Social relationships (e.g., peer attitudes toward school)


Compounding Obstacles

These obstacles may affect children classified with learning disabilities as well as those who perform in the average or gifted range.  General anxiety, decreased self-esteem, depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues often compound the problem.

Our Treatment

Our psychotherapeutic academic coaching process involves a comprehensive consultation regarding academic difficulties (often within the context of a psychotherapy session or following a psychoeducational evaluation), determining goals and objectives for improvement, individual coaching and counseling sessions, and progress monitoring.

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