Nathasha Hastings, American Olympic Athlete
The Power of Coaching for Teenagers
Learning who you are and who you are becoming is empowering work.
Coaching is not therapy.
Cultivating a safe and trusting environment between coach and teen is essential when gaining buy-in. Teens need to be genuinely heard and validated before they can trust enough to consider a new thought process or ideal to be a part of their world. Aspire’s approach to teen coaching is to give space with active listening and appropriate validation. When this is established, the structure for the coaching becomes purposeful as the work begins. Coaching is not a therapeutic practice, so the work is based on moving teens forward from wherever they are feeling stuck or lost. Some Teens set goals and use coaching as a place for brainstorming and accountability, and other teens use the space for self-exploration and confidence building. Only teens that are coaching curious or want to be coached should be scheduled for sessions.
Who benefits from Aspire's Teen Coaching?
Amy coaches students that are typical teens. Amy works with teens that are willing participants and motivated to work on themselves, on their goals. The teen client must be able to sustain 45 minutes of focusing. The work is socially and emotionally based. The most likely areas of focus are self-awareness, self-managment, decision making, relationship skills and social awareness. If your teen has difficulties sustaining focus or struggles with behavior then Amy’s coaching is not the right fit for your teen.
Each coaching relationship is individualized according to the teen’s needs. There is no one-size fits all application. Coach Amy takes time getting to know the teen, fostering understanding and safety in the coaching session. It is highly recommended to schedule or request a complimentary conversation with Coach Amy and the teen. This allows the teen client to get a feeling of what it would be like to work with Amy. Please keep in mind that the coach focuses on the teen’s agendas, and not the stakeholders (parents/caregivers). Coaching sessions can be in person or virtual.
Aspire, LLC., is all inclusive.
When there is a stakeholder in the coaching agreement, please understand that Coach Amy holds the sessions confidential between herself and the client. If the stakeholder/parent/caregiver wants to know what was said in a session they must ask their teen/YA. It is up to them if they will share or not share. The confidentiality keeps the sessions safe and provides the client to speak freely in this space.
For all clients under the age of 18, Coach Amy is required by law to report any suspicion of neglect or abuse. Understand that Coach Amy has 19 years of school counseling experience, so she is not alarmed very easily. Amy would not feel transparent if she did not disclose the mandated part of her work.