Coaching Children, Youth & Teens

sheshinespicLet’s face it; kids are amazing.  They are curious, silly, happy and willing.  They are capable, resilient, innocent and unassuming.  Coaching is not about ‘fixing’ kids, they are wonderful already.  Coaching is not therapy, nor is it for what we might call concerns or problems.  What is it then you ask?

Coaching is a solution- focused approach that is very useful for children, as they are not fully able to understand themselves, others, or the world around them.  Children are faced with many things such as: building relationships, managing difficult emotions and situations, and decisions about what kind of self-image they will have.  As unfathomable as it may seem, they also have stress and anxiety.  Stress about friends, school, social acceptance and studies.  They are anxious about trying new things, and understanding family dynamics.

Fortunately for those children in the midst of stress and anxiety, there is support.  There are wonderful therapists, counselors and psychiatrists.  There is also coaching.  As a trained Child and Youth Counselor, and a Professional Coach, I will take from a number of methodologies to support and guide children and youth as they navigate their way through these times.

 

Why Coaching for Kids and Youth?

  • to support the child’s acknowledgement of his/her positive attributes
  • to build confidence and self-awareness
  • to be proactive (vs reactive only) with maintaining healthy well being
  • to develop a child’s attention, emotional understanding and interpersonal skills
  • to diminish anxiety, stress, hostility and struggles with conflict resolution

With compassion, direction, supportive questioning, and support, children and youth are able to gain new skills and tools to be…their best selves.  By creating a safe, welcoming space that includes mindfulness, comfort and curiosity, our children can find their own wisdom.  It’s magical, rich and empowering.

It is really wonderful to hear from the mouths of our children, “I am me, and that is pretty great!”

 

Programs for children, youth and teens:

To learn more or to discuss the possibility of coaching with your child or student, I welcome you to contact me anytime. As a Child and Youth Counselor and a Certified Coach, we have the option of looking at either one-on-one with your child/youth, or the group programs listed here.

“I will always remember his words the first time we met Jenn.I was very surprised to hear these words, especially after the negative conversation we were just having on the way over.  My son was convinced that he would only stay if I stayed with him.  I could tell he was feeling nervous and anxious about meeting Jenn. We had hardly walked into her home, sat down, and out came his very sure words: “You can go now, Mom”. That exactly how anyone would feel when you meet her. Comfort, trust, peaceful; I am so grateful to have found Jenn.  Jenn is passing along great tools for my son and tools for our whole family.  The questions she asks are ones that he can answer.  I love that he has the skills now to recognize his emotions and share them with us.  He’s teaching us! I am so proud of how far we have come in just 6 months.” (Mom of 8-year old counseling client)