What Can I Expect From My Coach?
ConfidentialityFirst and foremost, your teen should know that all coaching sessions, and all of the information shared in those sessions are completely confidential. Of course, I make every effort to keep parents and guardians in the loop where their teen is concerned. I will also urge your teen to share his or her thoughts and ideas with you at every turn. Open lines of communication are very important in relationships. However, if there is something your teen does not wish to communicate to you at this point, his or her wishes will be respected.
Self-knowledgeYour teen will begin to know and understand themselves in a new and deeper way. He or she will learn to see their best self and explore ways to ensure they are working toward that self every day. This is a discovery process, and something that will come naturally. The amount of time it takes a teen to go through this process is never the same from one person to another, and your teen should not feel rushed. You may both discover, though, that he or she may find new parts of themselves, or their goals may change as coaching goes on. This is perfectly normal.
DedicationYour teen will also learn how to dedicate his/her time and energy to improving their life. They should come to their sessions on time and be fully prepared to do some problem solving and reflecting as well as celebrating how far they have come and their achievements. They will receive the same dedication they exhibit. Your teen should make sure he or she is in a quiet area and turn off the TV, stay off the internet and even turn off his or her cell phone if it isn’t being used for the session. Your teen should have a special notebook dedicated solely to coaching sessions and maybe even a folder for other materials. This should be brought to every coaching session.