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Executive Functioning Training
& Coaching

Our offices are excited to offer executive functioning training & coaching classes for adults as well as children & adolescents.



Executive Function is an umbrella term that refers to brain functions that activate, organize, integrate, and manage other functions. Furthermore, it allows individuals to make real time evaluations of their actions while considering short and long term consequences, planning and modifying their behavior as necessary if outcomes are not desirable. The proper function of this process insures academic and subsequent occupational success while deficits of these skills can result in disorganization, difficulties in getting starting and finishing work, remembering homework, memorizing facts, writings essays or reports, solving complex math problems, reading comprehension, long-term products, being on time, controlling emotions, and generally planning for future events. A useful metaphor to understand this concept is by comparing executive function to the role of a conductor in an orchestra according to an expert in the area of Executive Function, Dr. Tom Brown. Dr. Russell Barkley, a noted authority on ADHD, reported that 89-98 percent of children with ADHD have deficits in executive skills. Dr. Barkley believes that evaluating and understanding a person’s executive function and breaking it down across several domains is a better predictor of real world functioning than merely reporting they have a deficit.

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Executive Function can be broken down into six different clusters:

  1. Activation: Organizing, Prioritizing, and Getting Started on Tasks (getting started; paying attention; organizing time, projects, materials, and possessions; finishing work)

  2. Focus: Focusing, Maintaining, and Shifting Attention (changing activities, stopping existing activity, stopping and thinking before acting or speaking)

  3. Effort: Regulating Alertness, Sustaining Effort, Processing Speed (complex problem solving).

  4. Emotion: Managing Frustrations and Regulating Emotions (ability to tolerate frustration; thinking before acting or speaking)

  5. Memory: Using Working Memory and Accessing Recall (holding facts in mind while manipulating information; accessing facts stored in long-term memory.)

  6. Action: Monitoring and Self-Regulating Action (self-monitoring and prompting, using “self-talk” to control one’s behavior and direct future actions)

Understanding which area(s) of executive function are impaired allows recommendations for accommodations and support to be the most successful in helping an individual in their daily life.

Executive Coaching For Adults 

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  • What is Executive Coaching:

    • Executive coaching is a learning approach that creates self-awareness, provides critical challenge & support and drives transformational change. Our executive coaching services build a collaborative relationship between the coach and the leader and are customized to fit the needs of every individual client.

    • For Adults executive coaching will focus on dealing with times of uncertainty and making strategic decisions necessary to deal with said uncertainties. This can be vital in both everyday life as well as for larger business and organizations. Coaching aims at providing a laser-focused approach for key members of any business.

  • Research has proven that the results of executive coaching include:

    • Improvement in team leadership performance

    • Sustainable organizational change

    • Increased emotional intelligence and self-awareness so leaders can use their strengths more effectively

    • Higher levels of leader resilience

    • Development of strategic thinking skills

Executive Coaching For Adolescent & Young Adults

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Styles:

Executive coaching for adolescents and young adults focuses on enabling individuals to plan and organize activities, sustain attention, and persist and complete tasks. These skills are critical not just for school success but also needed to manage everyday living. Here at the La Jolla Psychology Center, we work as a team between clinicians and patients in order to shape the youth into strong and capable future leaders. Our particular approach focuses on tackling the specific needs of the adolescent and young adult while also building their strengths.

Furthermore, we are proud to offer career aptitude testing for high school students. Our holistic approach focuses on analyzing the best career path which would best match the sudents personality and a deep discussion on narrowing down their jobs of interest in order to elevate the stress of post-high school career related decision making.

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Career Personality Aptitude Assessment

For this generation of young adults, the pressures of knowing who they are and what they want to be is coming upon them earlier than ever. From choosing the right high school electives to the perfect college major that can lead them to the best-fitted career, it can all seem stressful and overwhelming. Parents and educators have always been on the front lines attempting to aid, help, nurture, & grow the potential of their children and students. To help mitigate the stress of students, parents, and educators, a career aptitude and personality testing can find the "best fit" for a student's career choice and can help them focus on their goals. The latest addition to the already comprehensive group of evaluations presented to help children and adolescents and their families and educators includes this form of testing offered at La Jolla Psychology Center. This comprehensive assessment helps to provide both a blueprint and a map of career potential in a prospective student. This can save unneeded anxiety and inspire ideas regarding previously unknown potentials. 


Services we offer:

  • Cognitive Appraisal

  • Personality Testing

  • Career Personality Aptitude Assessment

  • Leadership style & values

  • Motivation Appraisal

  • Temperament Aptitude Testing

  • Emotional Intelligence Assessment

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