Life coaching for teenagers
Jakob offers life coaching and mindfulness training to young people 12 years and older through his home visiting service (Byron Bay, NSW and surrounds) and online via Zoom.
Adolescence is often a challenging time when young people begin to decide what type of person they want to be and how they want to interact with their world. It’s at this time that they begin to develop a broader sense of world view, uncover their passions and strengths and begin to use their newfound freedom in new ways.
There are so many factors that influence young people whilst making these decisions. It’s normal and natural for them to feel confused with a range of existential dilemmas that often conflict. These conflicts often centre around the competing demands of what is cool among peers and what their teachers, parents, sports coaches expect of them. What they should be doing, who they should be, versus what they truly want to be doing or who they authentically want to be.
This is an especially risky period for the rise mental health issues, due to vastly changing environment issues, genetic factors and for some experimentation with drugs and alcohol. All at a time when the brain is going through a delicate growth period.
Although genetic factors are difficult to distinguish, environmental and behavioural factors can be addressed early through life coaching and personal development training.
Coaching is usually well received by young people. They enjoy learning more about themselves as unique and worthy individuals. For parents who feel their young adult could do with to get some extra support, coaching is an option without the stigma associated with seeing a counsellor or psychologist. Coaching can be sold to young people as support for them to step into their authenticity, learn new skills and a space for confidential conversations.
Jakob’s approach assists young people to learn about themselves and why they are unique, develop a clearer sense of self, increase self confidence, develop awareness of thoughts and feelings that may trigger behaviours, learn to relax and improve concentration.
Jakob uses a range of life coaching and psychological approaches, to read about these in more detail click here. The five core, underlying concepts that are involved in the Jakob’s approach and their associated goals are:
Conversation – Aim: To support young adults to talk freely about their lives, what is challenging them, how they are feeling, what is good in their lives and what they want from our time together. To give them a space to safely speak their minds, make sense of difficult situations and have a say in their learning.
Mindfulness – Aim: To support young adults to improve their ability to handle challenging thoughts and feelings, lower stress and anxiety levels and improve concentration and focus.
Values– Aim: To support young adults to clarify their personal values and how they can use these to choose appropriate behaviour and plans of action that create a life where they will flourish.
Strengths – Aim: To support young adults to discover their innate personal strengths and use this new insight to develop a stronger sense of self, and begin thinking about possible career paths that draw on their unique character strengths.
Goals – Aim: To support young adults to set goals, devise action plans and celebrate their success.
Jakob has worked with adolescents and young adults in both a one on one and group environment. He is a degree qualified and internationally accredited coach, adheres to the ethics of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and holds a current working with children check. Jakob is also an accredited youth mental health first aider.
The scope of coaching is limited and although Jakob is trained to support young people experiencing mental health issues, a referral to appropriate services including GP, psychiatrist and specialised services will be advised if required. Jakob is happy to support families and young adults in discussing relevant services and making appropriate referrals.
If you are a parent and would like to discuss wether coaching would be helpful for your son or daughter, please feel free to give Jakob a call on 0403 810 873 or send him an email at Jakob@themindfulcoach.com.au