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1. What are the differences between coaching and therapy and/or counseling?

People in need of therapy or counseling are dysfunctional, in pain and require a professional diagnosis. They need an expert who can fix the mental issues that prevent them from living their normal lives. The patient does not have the tools to solve their own difficulties and need to follow the therapist advice and guidance that will lead them to overcome their psychological problems. Additionally, therapy and counseling are focused in the past (situation that originated the problems) and the present (consequences of the past situation).

However, people seek coaching when they are fully functional and deal well with every day tasks. So, what they need is someone who accompanies them through the process of self-improvement and personal growth. The clients are capable of setting their own goals, find their resources and design their strategies to achieve those self-chosen objectives. Therefore, a coach does not offer guidance, advice or solutions. Additionally, coaching is focused on the present (where they are) and the future (where they want to be).

2. What are the differences between teen coaching and mentoring and/or tutoring?

There are a lot of similarities between teen coaching, mentoring and tutoring. But whilst teen coaching is based in accompany the clients towards their own path and work with the clients as a whole, teen mentoring and tutoring provides guidance to the clients that follow a defined path, which is based on the mentor’s expertise. Therefore, from a mentoring and tutoring approach, the mentor and tutor are the experts and they will provide advising and counseling. However, from the coaching perspective, the clients are the experts and the coach does not offer comments or solutions.

3. My teen is dealing with a lot of work right now. Will joining a coaching program entail much extra effort?

Self-knowledge and growth implies additional work for your teen. But since your teen is in charge of the process, he or she will establish the goals and design action plans that better suits their needs. So, at the end of each session your teen will define which steps to follow until the next session in order to keep achieving his or her objectives.

4. Does hiring a teen coach mean that something is wrong with my teen?

Absolutely not. As I explained in the first question, coaching is not therapy. A lot of successful people such as athletes, artists, and business executives, work with coaches to improve their performances and establish their objectives to become the professionals they really want to be.

5. How should I introduce coaching to my teen?

As a parent you might find difficult to talk to your teen about enrolling in a coaching process. But relax, here you have some tips:

  • Choose a time when you know your teen will be open to new ideas, when the atmosphere is calm.
  • Start asking about your teen’s needs, and arise the talking about the benefits of coaching, offering it as an opportunity to explore new perspectives.
  • Show your teen my website, which he or she would like to explore alone.
  • Explain your teen about the difference between a coach and a therapist, and make sure he or she knows there is nothing wrong.