Frequently Asked Questions
LifeTutors is a team of committed and tenured professionals, to include real-time coach mentors, clinical staff, operations, admission and placement specialists, vocational specialists and parent coaches. Collectively, we represent several decades of experience in supporting young adults and their families.
LifeTutors was founded in 2018 by long-term education consultant, Louise Slater, as she continually noticed a significant gap in services for young adults seeking to transition to true autonomy and adult independence. Even after successful work in a young adult transitional program, many young adults were still struggling with everyday tasks. Young adults often felt they no longer needed an intensive therapeutic environment with phases and therapy, but still needed informal, one on one mentorship. LifeTutors was founded on the belief that daily, in-person support is required in many cases for young adults to thrive independently and reach their short- and long-term goals, inner-dependence and bright futures ahead.
LifeTutors is a clinically informed, integrated coaching and mentoring program for young adults who are transitioning to independent living; whether exiting treatment settings, moving away from home, entering collegiate or other situations. LifeTutors supports young adults in
- Finding good fitting jobs
- Apartments and independent living situations
- Enrolling in and/or maintaining successful ongoing education
- Budgeting and finance mastery
- Building healthy relationships
- Maintaining appointments with ancillary providers, such as medical doctors, psychiatrist or therapists
- Reaching overall goals in successful and sustainable adult independence
Our highly qualified coaches and mentors provide one-on-one, real time support in the areas that matter most when it comes to young adult independence. Individuals are paired with best matched coach teams for relationship building, identifying and reaching goals and teaching through partnering. After a thorough intake with our Clinical Director, we create a plan consisting of short- and long-term goals and how to reach them together. We work closely with families, ancillary providers and other natural supports, keeping all informed of progress and/ or area for focus with a commitment to accountability and transparency.
We identified a significant gap in services and supports for young adults outside of treatment walls or provider’s offices. We saw families struggling to connect in cohesive and meaningful ways. We paid attention to the need for support that exists in the young adult homes and communities, where real life happens- where life gets messy! LifeTutors was founded to fill these gaps and to serve as a foundational step to successfully transition to successful young adult independence. We love our work!
Our persons of service (LifeClients) are typically 18-30 years old and have been in treatment for primary mental health concerns and/or co-occurring substance use issues. Many of our clients have struggled with anxiety, depression, ADHD, disordered eating, trauma, substance use, or are on the autism spectrum.
Our persons of service are young adults seeking to live independently in their own homes, enroll or re-enroll in school, explore trades and/or vocational skills, learn how to budget well, build strong natural supports and meaningful relationships, discover their own personal passions and interests, and truly experience young adult autonomy. Our clients often seek support in tasks such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, driving, employment, dating, ongoing education, and social skills.
Persons of service who are a good fit for LifeTutors are open and willing to engage in the process of identifying and reaching their personal goals.
A comprehensive clinical assessment is performed prior to admission to determine if there are any significant barriers to good service and care through our program. If clinically indicated that our services are not a good match, we will provide recommendations for alternate services as desired or needed. We look at each LifeClient on a case by case basis. We can work with a person with a history of problematic substance use or mental health issues if they have a desire to change some negative patterns, are open to coaching, and desire to build more effective coping and resiliency skills.
Our program has a strong clinical underpinning, based on evidence-based practice and best outcomes, yet we do not provide therapy or psychiatric services. Rather, we provide basis day to day life skill mentoring and coaching services. We work closely with family members, ancillary providers- such as therapist and psychiatrist- yet we keep our focus on “life”- when and where it’s happening. We partner with our LifeClients in ways that are meaningful and deliver lasting effects. Our services are in-person, face-to-face, and in the client community, home, or school.
LifeClients are carefully paired with coach ‘teams’, based on client preferences, coach strengths and best fit. Our clinical director oversees all services delivered, yet our coaches are what make our services so unique in modeling successful daily living skills.
LifeTutors differentiates from other coaching companies with its Triad Team Model and our coach matching process.
All potential LifeClients complete an in-depth clinical intake with our Clinical Director, who serves as the first point in our Triad Team. Together, they create a plan consisting of short- and long-term goals and determine what actionable items can be worked on with the support of our coaches.
Our Clinical Director provides an update each week to the family and operates in transparency with the coaches and person of service. The Clinical Director guides the coaches and supervises the work being done and is available should a crisis situation emerge to ensure the best quality of care.
Coach matching is the most critical piece of our programming. LifeTutors creates large coaching pools in the cities we serve, composed of professionals with education and experience in the mental health field. Each person of service is matched with two coaches to provide two unique supports, perspectives, and sets of skills. Coaches are paired with persons of service based on their experience, specialties, dispositions, and interests. At LifeTutors, your young adult is not paired with whoever is available- they are matched with coaches who will form a strong therapeutic relationship with them and help move their life in a positive direction. Our coaches meet on a weekly basis to coordinate and discuss progress and obstacles and create a plan for the upcoming week.
Coaching sessions are 60-90 minutes each, unless we decide a more customized approach is needed. Coaches not only meet with our LifeClients, they also summarize each session and send that information to our Clinical Director, who provides the weekly report to the parents.
We feel it is very important that we start all LifeClients at the Intensive level so that we can get a more clear “real time” assessment of a person’s level of functioning, social skills and challenges. We also want to build solid, trusting client-coach relationships right from the beginning. We step down in service over time at the direction of the Clinical Director.
We do not bill insurance for our coaching and mentoring services. We accept direct payment on a monthly basis for as long as services are useful and appropriate. We also partner with therapists, psychiatrists and other professionals who do accept insurance and provide those referrals as indicated.
Our thorough intake process with our Clinical Director is included in your application fee.
Together, we will determine if LifeTutors is a good fit for your young adult and move forward with beginning services immediately or refer to a trusted professional or suitable alternate services.
Length of stay is entirely up to the client and their family. We have several clients who have been with us over one year, and some motivated clients stay with us as short as 6-9 months. As LifeClients progress in skills and demonstrate successful “adulting” behaviors, they are typically stepping down in levels of care.
We measure outcomes and successes based on the goals that were set during our intake and goals that have been added along the way. We update goals with our young adults and communicate progress weekly to parents. Since every young adult has unique challenges and issues, we do not have a standard set of outcome measures. We are happy to provide samples of some of our LifePlans.
LifeTutors works in tandem with the professionals in your young adults' life to create a circle of care.
LifeTutors encourages our LifeClients to obtain their own therapist, psychiatrists, and general practitioners if they do not currently have those in place. We request releases for these professionals, and connect and update them as requested by the family.
Absolutely! LifeTutors encourages all our families to continue with the strong relationships they have built with their providers. LifeTutors will never attempt to change or end relationships you currently have. In fact, LifeTutors prefers to partner with your family's preferred professionals to create an inclusive circle of care.
We offer family coaching, neurofeedback, comprehensive psychological assessments in addition to our young adult independence coaching and mentoring program.
We offer packages for young adult parent coaching as well as parents of adolescents.
We are committed to excellence in service, integrity, transparency and open communication. From our administrative team to our front-line coach mentors, we are available to your family in the ways that matter to you most. We pledge to listen and work diligently in meeting your young adult’s needs for full life autonomy and effective personal agency.
Call our Admissions Specialist at 828-417-7122 or email directly here