Sometimes a teen or young adult needs support that falls outside the bounds of tutoring, To meet that need we offer life coaching that is tailored to teens and young adults. Alan has very limited availability for this coaching.
The teens and young adults he coaches include high school students struggling with academic, social, or emotional challenges, as considering gap years, or are already in the midst of one.
They are in need of change, growth, or inspiration, but don’t yet have the tools to achieve those things. He also works with young adults taking time off from college, have recently completed college, or have decided that college may not be the path for them.
Many of these teens and young adults:
- Want to feel inspired
- Keep doing the same things and hoping for different results
- Experience a general sense of being stuck
- Need tools to manage stress
- Desire change, but are unsure how to make it happen
- Need to create a healthier school/work/physical/social balance
- Want to feel better about school, a job, or relationships
Some common questions about coaching:
What does a coaching session look like? Each session has a flow all it’s own, as Alan believes that coaching is an organic process. That being said, there is always:
- A great deal of listening on his part
- Direct and thoughtful questions that help move people into new territory
- Time spent reviewing what was done since the last meeting, what was challenging or productive
- Things to work on in between meetings
How long does someone engage in coaching? This is tough to be definitive with, as everyone has different goals and needs. Some find that a month is sufficient, and then schedule tune-ups as needed. Others engage coaching for six months or longer. The average of the teens and young adults Alan works with is in the three to six-month range, as this provides the time to explore values, obstacles, and co-create a plan that can have long-lasting results.
Is coaching like therapy? Many coaches go to great lengths to warn that coaching is not therapy. While that is certainly true, there are many similarities, as well as some differences:
- Both help to identify obstacles
- Both provide a safe and confidential place to explore moving past those obstacles
- Both require a trusting relationship being developed
- A difference is that therapy has traditionally been more focussed on looking at the past, and sorting that past out. In coaching, while we will explore the past at times, our focus tends to be on the present and future and taking action.
- It’s important to note that Alan is not a therapist, and in his coaching he does not diagnose conditions or work with those dealing with acute mental challenges.