It is important to first discuss with the young person their options and find out if they would like to consider visiting a youth coach. There will be an initial meeting, if in school or the home there needs to be a room that a confidential conversation can take place.
After attending an initial meeting, the young person will be invited to attend a series of sessions, often varying between 6 and 12 sessions. Each session will last between 30-minutes to an hour. During the sessions, then I will ask a selection of questions to get an idea of where any problems lie, establish what kind of attitudes and values the young person holds and work out what actions are needed for them to move forward.
For the young person:
This works but talking to me in person and building trust over time. The young person will get to communicate with me what they issues are and what they want to work on for themselves. Some of the issues will be simple and some will be more complex and difficult to resolve. All sessions are one to one, confidential and within relaxed surroundings.
For the Parent/Guardian
I will meet the parent/ guardian in person and describe how the sessions will work. There will be an agreement of confidentiality while I am working with the young person, unless I think there is a risk to safety.
Parents/guardians may feel that they know the issue the young person will want to work on. However the young person may present a totally different issue. Or there may be other problems/challenges that may need to be dealt with before we get to the root of the problem.
Working together we can achieve positive changes and success for your teenagers.
With my knowledge, and guidance I can help and support teenagers to be happier, healthier and enjoy these exciting years!
Youth coaching methods
I will use a variety of ways, personalised to the young person after we have met to coach them, however some common youth coaching methods include:
Interviewing / therapeutic conversations – It sounds scary but, actually, it is just an opportunity for the young person to talk and the coach to get as much information as possible. I will ask carefully phrased questions designed to get the client talking. I will consider the young person’s responses and body language to build a strong relationship and develop a richer understanding of the problem.
Journaling – Sometimes writing things down helps people to express the feelings they find difficult to put into words. Clients are encouraged to get into the habit of journaling their thoughts, feelings and worries instead of holding them in, this can also include sketching and art work.
Activities / Games – I may use light-hearted activities and exercises to build a strong, trusting relationship with the client. This method is often used to allow the young person to express their concerns on subjects they find too difficult to discuss during the interview method.
I will generally offer face-to-face sessions but can be contactable by clients via email if appropriate.
How is youth coaching different from youth counselling?
One difference between youth counselling and youth coaching is that counselling will investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems. Youth coaching focuses more so on the future, to encourage personal-development and self-improvement. The strategies used are often derived from solution- focussed counselling strategies.