YOUTH Coaching

Why do we need it?

Our young people are living in an ever pressurised and competitive environment. In my experience the demands on young people are far greater than they were 10 or 20 years ago. The world is ever shifting and the parameters by which we live are constantly changing. The impact of this on young people is one of increased stress and anxiety.

It can feel that young people are on a never ending hamster wheel. There are expectations that they have on themselves which are compounded by the expectations of society. The pressure to ‘fit in’, plan and know what they want to do in the immediacy and the future can cause them not to cope. There can be a sense of just ‘muddling through’ without really knowing how to motivate themselves and take control of their lives with confidence and empowerment.

I have worked with a significant number of young people during my career as a clinician in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and in my experience I believe that if some of those young people had received skilled targeted mentorship and coaching during significant changes in their life they may not have required specialist mental health input after those transitions and into young adulthood.

Skilled youth coaching is an early intervention to support the emotional and psychological strains that significant change can have on an individual.

What does it look like?

Youth coaching is about developing the life skills to manage stresses and anxieties that happen due to change and expectation. It is a bespoke package of coaching and mentorship that encourages:

  • Confidence building
  • Goal setting
  • Achievement recognition
  • Stress management
  • Acknowledgment and mindfulness of difficult issues.

It is built on my experience of systemic and solution focused practice, whilst incorporating cognitive behavioural techniques.
The individual should feel inspired by the process, motivated by the coaching and mentorship experience and empowered to progress with their lives with confidence and self-assurance.

How can I help?

My role with young people is not to take the place of you, the parent or guardian or teacher, it is one of non- judgemental, trustworthy support. I am an impartial coach and mentor where there are concerns or worries that a young person has regarding the impact of life transitions. It can be hard for young people to vocalise the impact that life has on them, and the expectations of change and development.

Adolescents are at a crucial stage of development, striving to establish their independence and separate themselves from the child they once were both within themselves and within the family dynamic. The transition from child to adolescence is fuelled by a multitude of changes; hormone imbalances, brain development, emotional development, family dynamics, peer relationships and societal influences.

The transition from child to adolescent and onwards to young adult can be daunting, stressful, fearful and filled with anxiety. Their sense of direction can be unclear and young people can feel confused about their ability to manage these changes and expectations.

Coaching during these times can be an impartial source of support for a young person, providing targeted coaching and mentorship around the challenges being faced. I provide young people with the voice to discover what is important to them during these transitions, what they want to achieve, where they want to be and provide them with the inspiration and motivation to realise their potential and to accomplish their goals.

“I came to Helen during a very difficult time in my life, and it was definitely a life-changing decision, one I’m very glad I made.


Her compassionate and down to earth approach made me feel at ease and her professional insight gave me the skills I needed to move forward and better myself. I would highly recommend Helen to anyone wishing to do the same”  Lily

Parental Benefits

If you’re a parent or guardian of a young person, a youth life coach can be of great benefit to you too. As a parent you can’t always control what your young person encounters and how they experience it. Adolescence is one of excitement, discovery and exploration and as a parent/guardian your role is to observe and allow them to learn on their own. However, what you can do is establish measures that provide them with as much support as possible.

  • How can enrolling your adolescent in a coaching programme with me help?
    I can approach and engage in subjects that the young person feels unable to talk about with others. This can range from their sexuality, body image, emotional changes, peer relationships, self confidence and self awareness. The list is not exhaustive so please do contact me for a free half hour question and answer session to discuss your concerns.
  • I have a high level of experience and skill in helping young people through significantly difficult times of their life. This translates to providing help and support for your adolescent to develop the skills in managing stress, anxiety and anger during this transitional phase of their life. The impact on family life can be immeasurable.
  • I am skilled in the assessment and therapeutic intervention of the emotional presentation of young people. Whilst coaching and mentorship is not therapy, and should not be seen as such, the skills and experience I hold allow me to better understand the emotional experiences of your adolescent. The emotional transitions that adolescents go though can be bewildering and present in different ways. I am here to help young people better understand those emotions in the context of their transition from child to adolescent and young adulthood, feel empowered to take control of their own emotions and manage them effectively for themselves and within their relationships.

Book yourself in for your free 30 minute introductory Skype call. This session will give you a taste of what coaching is like with me - we’ll get to know each other and you can ask all the questions you have about coaching and how I can help you.  






Transitions Coaching

Transformational life coaching based
around an individuals transitions and challenges

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