Working with teens

Anxiety and depression are two things I have been able to overcome with endless hours of coaching. 

I am passionate in coaching teens because they are our future and the more disconnected our world becomes, the more need there is for supporting them in the transition through adolescents. My mission is to help create a more aware, compassionate and cohesive relationship between child and parents.

My coaching method is focused on helping the teen be able to cope and communicate effectively what he/she is experiencing, specifically around feelings of anger, resentment, guilt and shame. 

Tools and tactics will be provided to help understand their thinking patterns so they can react differently in situations that cause them anxiety as well as help them understand why they are depressed and learn how to cope.

In addition to child, coaching with one or both parents intermittently is required in this process. All sessions are done virtually using Zoom.

Child objectives will determine length of partnership, examples include:

  • 12-week | 9 coaching sessions with teen | 3 coaching sessions with parent(s) | all parties present for final session

  • 9-week | 6 coaching sessions with teen | 2 coaching sessions with parent(s) | all parties present for final session

Numbers that drive my passion around this:

Anxiety comes from feeling frightened or uncertain; it causes young people to feel distressed and uneasy for no apparent reason; frequently accompanied by depression or substance abuse.

The National Institute of Mental Health recently did a study that shows lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders among U.S. teens, here’s what it showed.

  • 31.9% of teens had any anxiety disorder

  • 8.3% of those teens had severe impairment

  • 38% in females, 26.1% in males

Depression is something that is not uncommon for young people to experience; it’s an unsettling time with a many changes. Not to mention unrealistic academic, social, or family expectations creating a strong sense of rejection and can lead to deep disappointment.

In a more recent study, the National Institute of Mental Health discovered the prevalence of depression episodes among U.S. teens to be this:

  • 3.1 million (12.8%) had at least one major depressive episode

  • 13.8% reported having two or more depressive episodes

  • 19.4% in females, 6.4% in males