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Coaching can be great for teens, especially if a parent is involved and supportive of the process.

Coaching can be a wonderful tool to help your teen or young adult focus on moving forward in life and finding direction. A coach is an unbiased observer offering to help provide insight and guidance. Many times as parents we try to guide our teens and offer suggestions and they just won't listen. We can talk until we are blue in the face, however, an outsider can make the same exact suggestion you made and the teen thinks it's the greatest idea in the world! Why not work with someone you can trust that can help you keep your teen balanced and focused. You've spent a lifetime instilling a solid foundation for your teen and it only takes one bad choice on their part to make a life altering decision. Let's face it, teens will find someone to talk to and get advice. Do you want it to be another teen that may or may not share the values that are important to you? A teen that does not yet have those life experiences that a coach will have? Let a coach help you offer your teen that outside guidance and support that they really need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching?
How is coaching done?
How long does coaching take?
Who do we coach?
Is coaching the same as therapy?
What if my teen refuses?
What about confidentiality?
What if my teen discloses inappropriate or illegal behavior?
How can I help my teen?

 

What is coaching?

Coaching started out as a way to help executives deal with the stress of managing their personal lives while they were running a major corporation.  Now coaching is becoming a hot new trend, not only among athletes and adults in all industries and areas of life, but also among teens and young adults.

Coaching is quickly becoming a popular way for people to get ahead in this fast-paced world.  With coaching you can get faster, easier results; identify better, more rewarding goals; achieve meaningful accomplishments; make the choices that are right for you - not someone else; and live a balanced, happier, more fulfilling life.  Start living the life you really want to live.

Many people are familiar with the term "coach" in regard to sports.  Professional coaching is similar in that a coach will help to guide you, support you and push you to be your very best.  You as the client are just like the athlete.  You establish the goals you want to achieve and you actually do the work to reach those goals.   Your coach is your biggest fan, knowing you can achieve great strides in getting to the place you want to be. 

Coaching is a confidential professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual or team working towards reaching extraordinary results from the goals the individual or team establishes.  Coaching accelerates the individuals' progress by providing greater focus and awareness of possibilities leading to more effective choices.

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How is coaching done?

Coaching teens is done in a face-to-face format.  Teens are more focused and actively participate better in person.  If a teen has a question or concern in between sessions then phone calls work well as do e-mail or texting. 

Coaching young adults or parents can be done via telephone (or in person if you are local). 

The coaching process is all done through discussions, questioning and helping people to make effective choices.  Most people have the answers, they just need help in finding them and that's what we do.  Once your goals are established, we then put action steps in place to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.  A coach can help you not only reach your goals but exceed your goals in a balanced and healthy way.  For our work to be productive, accountability should be taken very seriously by all involved (parent and teen).

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How long does coaching take?

Coaching arrangements can vary in length depending on the goals of the individual.  However, when working with teens we suggest meeting 2 or 3 times a month for 30 or 45 minutes.  Meeting over the course of 2-3 months is a good timeframe to achieve some basic goals.  Young adults would meet 2-3 times a month for 45 minutes also for 2-3 months.  Adults can often gauge their progress but starting with a goal of meeting 2-3 times a month for a minimum of 2 months is a great plan.

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Who do we coach?

We can coach anyone that has a sincere desire to move forward in life.

Teens (ages 12-17)
We enjoy coaching teens whether it is in the area of feeling more comfortable with others, doing better in school, improving self esteem, communicating better, and more.  Overall setting goals, putting a plan and action steps in place to achieve those goals.

Young Adults (ages 18+)
Coaching young adults is exciting and rewarding.  Helping young adults to determine the direction they would like to go whether in life or career, where their natural strengths will help them in life, feeling more comfortable with others, improving self esteem, communicating better with others, and more.  Overall setting goals, putting a plan and action steps in place to achieve those goals.

Parents
Coaching parents helps the parent see things in a way they may not have seen before.  Parent coaching can lead to improved relationships, not only with your child/children but in all aspects of life. 

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Is coaching the same as therapy?

No, coaching is not therapy.  It is important to remember that coaching is NOT a substitute for mental health services.  Therapy works on healing pain from past events and is more long-term.  Coaching is about personal growth and empowering teens with tools they can use throughout life to be successful, whether it is dealing with stress, better organization, stronger self-esteem, etc.

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What if my teen refuses?

Oftentimes parents ask the teens to participate in a coaching session or program and teens push back a little at first.  It's important to let your teen know that this is NOT therapy or counseling (although there is absolutely nothing wrong with therapy or counseling).  Let them know that there is nothing wrong with them and that successful executives and athletes all have personal coaches.

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What about confidentiality?

What is discussed with your coach remains between just the two of you.  However, there are limits and if someone discloses one of the following situations, a coach is required to report it to the appropriate authorities:  suicidal or homicidal behavior/thoughts or someone is or has hurt or abused you.

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What if my teen discloses inappropriate or illegal behavior?

In these cases, the coach will encourage the teen to tell a supportive adult they trust.  The teen may also give the coach permission to talk to the adult.  Please know that the coach will work with the teen to involve the parent or another trusted adult for support.

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How can I help my teen?

Encourage your teen to use coaching services if you feel the stress of daily life is impacting their academic or social abilities.  Talk to your teen about the importance of setting limits around the number of activities they participate in.  Listen to your teen if they tell you they are overwhelmed, and let them know it's okay not to be perfect.

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Call today for information on how you can help your teen or young adult make better choices so they live a successful life!

 

 

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