Collegiate Coaching Services provides therapeutic coaching, parent coaching, and independent living support in Boulder, CO, the surrounding communities and universities to young adults ages, 18-30+. We largely serve students who attend the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).
- Our clients are either enrolled in college, want to work towards becoming a college student, or are seeking a vocational path.
- Are enrolled in college and are having trouble connecting with their campus due to issues such as, social anxiety, social skill deficits, low confidence, and motivation.
- Struggle with social connection and developing a reliable social support system.
- Struggle with time management, organization, prioritizing, and executing academic tasks.
- Experience mental health challenges that impact their engagement in academics, employment, and/or relationships, anxiety, depression, mood imbalances, and more.
- We specialize in supporting Neurodiverse young adults; ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social-Communication Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities (e.g., math, reading, writing).
- Are isolated and experiencing the impacts of digital media overuse.
- Are struggling with digital media overuse and desire accountability and support to develop and engage in healthy use.
- Plan to attend college and need expert coaching and guidance to become more prepared to live independently and be prepared academically.
- Are transitioning to the community and/or college campus from a residential treatment program and are ready for independent living.
- Want to live independently from parents; their primary focus is employment, and they are ambivalent about attending college.
- Have a college degree and are having trouble transitioning successfully into the workplace.
- Are committed to sobriety from substances if they have experienced a history of substance abuse, or substance abuse is not a problem area that impacts their ability to live independently.
- Live with their parents and are seeking to engage in classes, obtain employment, gain independent living skills, and improve their overall well-being to be more prepared to leave the home.
- Are supported by their parents and their parents are wanting to receive expert guidance and coaching.
We provide in-person coaching services to young adults and students who live in or proximity to Boulder, CO. The parents we work with are paired with a parent coach who meets with them regularly to provide updates and offer support and guidance. We support students who attend local universities which includes, CU-Boulder and Naropa University. Coaches meet with their clients on these campuses and will offer to attend academic-related meetings to support them to show up, self-advocate, and develop relationships with advisors, disability coordinators, professors, and more. Coaches support their clients to actively develop and implement life management skills, focus on self-care/hygiene, engage in social skills development and support to engage in campus and community activities.
We offer a hybrid approach to young adults and students who reside along the front range, and/or attend schools along the front range such as, School of Mines, Front Range Community College, CU-Denver, Denver University (DU), Denver-based community colleges, Metro State University, and Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft. Collins, CO.
We require some level of in-person contact for our clients who live within 45 minutes of our location in central Boulder. This may look like 1-3 days of in-person coaching; however, we collaborate with our client and their parents to determine a reasonable plan that will support their identified goals and emotional, social, and developmental needs. At times, our coaches may meet with their clients in Denver and surrounding areas if possible, however this Is not guaranteed. During in-person sessions, we prioritize several key areas such as, but not limited to, academic and employment support and preparation, social skills development, and physical movement, which may include engaging in activities outdoors, such as walking, hiking, frisbee golf, and more. Many of our clients struggle with social isolation, depression, anxiety, and low levels of resiliency and motivation. One of the most effective tools to combat these areas of challenge is engaging face-to-face. The power of meeting face-to-face leads provides many positives for the young adult, such as, improved mood, increased motivation, and an improved “can-do” attitude.
For clients engaging in our hybrid services, we have important criteria that must be met for therapeutic coaching services to be initiated. Contact us for more information.
For those young adults who reside with their parents and are not local to the Boulder-Denver area, our therapeutic and parent coaching services provide a welcome level of guidance, support, and accountability to families who may not have resources like ours available where they are located.
For clients who live afar and are seeking to engage in our virtual services, we have important criteria that must be met for therapeutic coaching services to be initiated. Contact us for more information.
Our in-person, hybrid, and virtual coaching services offer the young adult and their parents a high level of expertise in areas such as guiding the young adult to engage in healthy development and individuation, improving adult-child & parent relationships which will support increased responsibility, obtaining mental health, learning how to utilize technology and digital media as a tool vs. an escape, and attaining academic and workplace stability.
The transition into adulthood, independent living, and attending college comes with their own set of unique challenges and stressors. As a result, our clients are often experiencing mental health struggles and/or compulsive behaviors, such as, digital media overuse, for the first time in their lives. Due to this, they are not equipped with the experience to know what to do or where to turn for support. We also work with young adults who engage with us after having experienced some level of outpatient therapy or intensive therapeutic program.
Our therapeutic coaching services values traditional therapy and its ability to stabilize, improve, and enhance one’s life. Yet, our clients often struggle to transfer what they learn in therapy into their day-to-day life, which leads to frustration and little to no change. Our in-person and hybrid services support our clients who have engaged in psychotherapy and/or treatment programs to successfully transfer the skills and insights they have acquired by meeting with them in their environment and intentionally coaching them to remember and utilize the skills needed to achieve their goals.
Our coaching services help guide young adults seeking independence to develop a strong foundation from which to build on. This foundation is comprised of three critical elements: Academics, Community Connection, and Recovery. Each element is supported by practical skills coaching. Practical skills, such as effective communication and the ability to organize and budget are imperative for our clients to learn and become competent doing, for them to stay on track with their goals.
In partnership with our clients, a coaching agreement is developed and implemented based on their goals, strengths, and areas that need improvement. We value and encourage input from parents, other family members, and those professionals who have had a positive influence on their lives.
Our supervised independent living services (SILS) is offered to young adults, ages 18 and older who enroll in our college preparatory intensive program that begins in mid-end of May and ends in early August. Some of our clients will transfer to their college campus after completion of the summer program or they may continue with us through the fall months for ongoing support.
This service is ideal for young adults who are prepared for and seeking support to live independently to be better prepared to live on their campus or local community where they are attending college. Their team of coaches meet them regularly at their apartment, near our central location, to support time management, morning routine, life management skills, and evening routine.
SILS is indicated for young adults who live near our location, or are willing to relocate to Boulder, Colorado which allows for a short walk to our location, shopping areas, hiking trails, and social and entertainment opportunities.
Young adults with the following difficulties/diagnoses often enroll in our summer intensive, SILS program:
- Social anxiety and/or performance anxiety issues with avoidance, especially social & academic avoidance
- Low self-confidence
- Autism spectrum disorder/Social communication disorder
- Slow processing speed
- Digital Media Overuse issues that interfered in their ability to manage college requirements or prevents them from enrolling in college, maintain social connection, and more.
- Have had a successful completion of intensive/residential treatment and they are seeking an aftercare program to prepare them to return to their college campus.
Our clients engage, and follow through with an individualized health and wellness plan, which includes, but is not limited to,
- Regular movement outdoors and indoors (e.g., hiking, walking, rock climbing, gym, etc.)
- They prepare and engage in college courses which include the college preparatory course included in the summer intensive program, Psychology 101. If indicated, they may also attend a course at CU-Boulder during the time they are at CCS.
- For some, obtaining employment or engaging in volunteer work is important to their core structure and improving a sense of competence and confidence.
- Taking driving lessons and earning the necessary practice and hours to obtain a driver’s license.
- Social support is a critical part of our services, which includes regular group activities and connection with interests in the community.
All young adults engaging in our SILS program receive an average of 15-20 hours per week of face-to-face coaching. The number of coaching hours for the initial month of services is determined after the assessment process is complete.
Activities and goals include:
- Executive function & academic coaching
- In-home life management & coaching support
- Transportation for grocery shopping, job searching, school-related functions, and social engagements (if needed).
- Summer social series & community connection activities
- Parent coaching support provided to the young adult’s parents
- Improved emotional regulation and coping, including reducing the use of escapist and avoidant behaviors, such as digital media and technology overuse, impulsive spending, or other areas of concern. *This program is not ideal for young adults who are in early recovery from substance abuse or are not interested in sobriety.
- A core aspect of our services is to support the young adult’s understanding of their limitations and diagnoses. This includes their executive function limitations, where they will learn and implement effective tools and resources and receive consistent coaching to reinforce the practice of using the tools and resources.
- Our team of coaches excels in the areas of connecting the young adult with immediate support at their school, which promotes academic and life management success.
- We provide regular feedback to the young adult and their parent(s) regarding their progress, areas of challenge, and their ability to engage in independent college life.
- Ongoing team collaboration to provide the best services possible for our clients. This includes regular team and individual supervision for team, collaboration meetings, ongoing communication with Educational
Consultant (if needed), and regular communication with clients’ psychiatrist and therapist to ensure the best service for our clients.
- For those clients who engage with us beyond the summer program, we guide and empower them to develop the important skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment if indicated. Our clients typically obtain employment within 45-60 days.
Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Testing. These assessments, provided by Dr. Nicole Hipp, evaluate underlying mental processes impacting educational, workplace achievement and life management abilities. To understand why a person achieves at a certain level, it is critical to measure various aspects of cognition using the tools of psychological measurement.
Note: This is an additional fee to the SILS/therapeutic coaching monthly cost.
Specialized Psychotherapy Services. Our affiliate companies, Strive Psychotherapy (general outpatient mental health) and Digital Media Treatment & Education Center (specialized treatment for digital media overuse and co-occurring factors) can be included during the course of the summer supported independent living program if indicated.
Note: Engage in these services is an additional fee to the SILS/therapeutic coaching monthly cost.