Services for Your Teen’s Success


At Academy For Independence, our dedicated team provides three service options that can help you find the perfect strategy to facilitate your son or daughter’s success! We begin with an initial evaluation to identify your teen’s strengths and challenges to gain more insight into developing goals specifically tailored to your teen’s needs. Academy For Independence offers the following approaches to transform a struggling student into a thriving student:

    • Private Strategy Sessions – Our staff is dedicated to helping your son or daughter become a confident, self-directed, and successful learner. Individual sessions encompasses academics in addition to social and emotional issues that may be impacting your teen’s life and consequently, hindering self-esteem and academic results. We provide a safe and respectful environment so your teen may feel open with taking the necessary risks to accomplish goals. We address executive functioning challenges, such as planning, organizing, prioritizing, working memory, and time management. We also offer study strategies to improve test performance and stress management techniques to reduce test anxiety. Click here for more information.
    • Teen Workshops – Self-esteem is imperative to accelerating academic performance for your teen. Our workshops combine personal development skills and academic strategies in an intensive three-part workshop series. We emphasize your teen’s specific strengths to improve self-esteem, passions to inspire your teen, and values to encourage your teen’s integrity. Your teen will also learn academic strategies to improve performance including study and memory tips. Your teen will learn about self-respect by setting boundaries, self-acceptance by learning to minimize critical judgments, and accountability by owning his choices. Workshops meet for two hours per session once a week for three weeks. Click here for more information.
    •  Parent Support – Parental support is an essential component for you and your teen. Sessions for parents are available with Kimberly Schehrer, MA in person, by phone, or by using Skype. Often parents are overwhelmed or anxious about their teen’s declining school performance. Many parents struggle with communicating with their teen or with their teen’s transition from childhood into adulthood. In 1:1 sessions with Kimberly, you have a safe and confidential place to express your feelings and explore different options to restore balance in your relationship. Techniques and tips are offered to support you with the challenge(s) you encounter with your teen, whatever those challenges may be. We  also offer free, local support groups to share and receive information and feedback on what is working or not working in your relationship with your teen. The groups are an hour in length once a month. Kimberly Schehrer, MA leads the parent groups and she also speaks at various venues free of charge. We believe that parents benefit from encouragement and information in addition to their teens. Click here for more information.
    • Access Bars® for Parents and Teens – Access Bars® is an energetic process and the quickest way to stop mind chatter.  Thousands of people around the world have experienced Bars®. Many parents have said that Bars® has helped their children with test anxiety and homework. The Bars® are 32 points on the head which correspond to different areas of your life including sleep, health, relationships, money, anxiety, stress, depression, and much more! When these points are lightly touched, your body begins to relax and let go of beliefs and thoughts that have kept you in limitation. Sessions last about an hour and for teens, about a half-hour. Rates are adjusted accordingly. Bars® sessions are in person only and facilitated by Kimberly – Access Bars® Facilitator. Click here for more information.

We are able to offer you a comprehensive approach to facilitate effective learning and independence. If you are interested in speaking with a specialist about our services or for a free evaluation for your teen, please contact us today at (831) 239-2788. Sessions are available with Kimberly in person, by phone, and Skype.


Guarantee: We have the confidence to make a noticeable difference in your teen upon the completion of  any of our services.  If you’re not satisfied, we will refund your investment up to 60 days from the start of services.