Is this counselling, mentoring or coaching?

Our mental health provision is personalised to the young person. 

Depending on what programme you book with Teen Minds Matter it could be classed as counselling, mentoring or coaching depending on the skills used during the sessions. 

It is important to first discuss with the young person their options and find out if they would like to consider using Teen Minds Matter. There will be an initial meeting, if in school or the home there needs to be a room that a 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.

 

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. If, during a session with Teen Minds Matter, it is viewed there is a significant risk to a young person, or the need for a medical referral then that would be made clear instantly.

 

Methods often used during sessions

Interviewing / therapeutic conversations – It sounds scary but, actually, it is just an opportunity for the young person to talk and for us to get as much information as possible. I will ask carefully phrased questions designed to get the young person 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. Young people may be 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 – Light-hearted activities and exercises to build a strong, trusting relationship with the young person. 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.