Youth Wellbeing Coaching CIC​

Supporting the​ development of positive mental health

Why use a coach?

"Coaching is neither a quick fix nor an easy solution, neither is it a poor relation to other forms of therapy or counselling.” Nikki Grant, author of Life coaching for kids

Although a fairly new form of support, coaching is a well recognised and practical model to support peopl​e to make tangible changes in their lives. Positive, practical and interactive; the solution focused approach of coaching can help young people to develop tools and awareness to help them maintain good mental health and to stay in charge of their wellbeing.

These practical tools address and help break down a range of issues young people face, from lack of confidence, to bullying, peer pressure, friendship dramas or exam stresses. By creating an environment of safety, trust, empathy and active listening we will help young people with specific issues of concern to feel confident and supported to begin to explore and address their problems.

Coaches are able to support young people who are at a high risk of dropping out of education or employment, to develop the positive mental attitude and the self-efficacy they need to succeed in the transition from high school to further education or employment. By empowering them to take control of their decisions, we place their progress firmly in their hands and help shape their capacity and self awareness to ensure they can maintain their own progress and own their successes. We work collaboratively; signposting, referring to and liaising with other service providers that can also support the young person to overcome barriers to their success.

During transitional points in our lives, we can lose a sense of who we are, what we are worth and where we are heading. The transition between childhood and adulthood is fuelled by hormone imbalances, mood swings and heart break. For young people who are feeling overwhelmed and under a lot of pressure, a youth wellbeing coach can give them the chance to recognise and voice their worries and provide a safe space for them to discover what is most important to them, what they really want to do and where they want to be. 

The transition from high school to further education or employment can be equally as tumultuous.​Young people can feel powerless to change much of their lives; some aspects will be predetermined or fixed. However, helping them to acknowledge that they can change how they respond to these situations will create a shift in outlook. Although some life events and problems may be permanent or unchanging coaching can help young people to change their response to the situation.

Coaching is generally viewed as a less intensive, short term and more practically focused form of support than counselling or psychotherapy, although coaching can be therapeutic and can be used to complement other forms of therapy. Some people choose coaching over other forms of therapy because of its goal orientated nature and tangible tools and results.