Teenagers often inhabit a precarious world where they are not yet adult but too old to be children. As parents we all bring out own 'stuff' to our relationship with our children - our judgements, values, expectations, worries and fears, which, as our children develop their own independence and assert themselves more, may clash with how they want to show in their world. Our world is often no longer their world.
Added to that is the current emphasis in our culture of exam results and academic performance as a measure of personal success. It's no wonder that young adults are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress, exacerbated by lockdowns, isolation and the pressures they can feel on social media. They are left asking themselves Who am I? and following society's narrative of If I don't get the grades, my life will be ruined or My success as a person depends on my academic achievements.
In my work with young adults, I see the same worries coming up time and time again - self identity, bullying, relationship problems, not having a boyfriend/girlfriend, popularity, academic and exam stress, not fitting in, not knowing what the future holds.
It's my belief that young adults need to be encouraged and supported in becoming well-rounded, happy human beings For me, this means guiding them to shift their focus from what they have, whether that be grades, money, sporting trophies, beauty or anything else that is outside of themselves, to who they are, allowing them to flourish in life.
True happiness, inner peace and freedom comes from knowing and understanding ourselves.
My role as a coach is to provide your child with a confidential, safe and neutral space where they will be listened to without judgement, and given the space to reflect on what's going on in their lives and address any challenges. It is a holistic approach, encouraging them to look at their own lives with curiosity, in order to gain a clarity and self-awareness that will empower them to face life's inevitable challenges with increased confidence, and a stronger sense of self.
In a nutshell, coaching helps people fulfill their personal and social goals and find purpose in life.
I also coach university students who are feeling lost and uncertain about what direction to go in after graduation.
Every client is different but the kind of things I might explore with your child are
★ Core Values - what motivates them and lights them up inside
★ World view - how they interpret their world, the filter through which they see their circumstances
★ Limiting beliefs - what's holding them back and how they can reframe this
★ Hopes and dreams - what would they like to do with their lives, what would be the best scenario
★ Goal setting - planning for the future, step by step, to avoid overwhelm and demotivation
★ The power of journalling or writing a diary and the power of gratitude
Cost £400 for six sessions of 50 minutes
(13-18 year olds)
For an informal, no obligation chat about your child, please email me and we can book a phonecall or Zoom call.