College and Career Coach for Teens and Young Adults
College and Career Coach for Teens and Young Adults
I am a Certified Professional Coach (The Coaches Training Institute - CTI) an Associate Certified Coach (The International Coaching Federation- ICF) and an Academic Life Coach (The Academic Life Coaching Program - ALC). I also have a training in Career Orientation for teenagers and young adults (Elevatio - France)
I moved from France to San Jose (CA) with my husband and our 4 kids in 2011. They are currently 20, 18, 16 and 14 YO.
I did lots of volunteering in France for my kids' schools, my Christian Parish and Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiaque, a French Association that enables kids from all over the world,who suffer from cardiac malfomations, to get surgery in France, when it's impossible in their country for economic or technical reasons. We hosted kids from Laos, Moldavia, Algeria, Madagascar and Syria.
When I am not working, you can find me spending time with my kids or riding along with my teenagers for their endless driving hours!
I play tennis (2015 National Championships Finalist adult 40 and over 4.0 Brookside Team, Saratoga CA). I love cooking. I am a volunteer for Care a Van for kids at LPCH (Lucile Packard Children Hospital) since 2013 and the President of SFBA (San Francisco Bay Accueil - SFBA) the French Association in the bay area since 2016.
I first heard about coaching when I arrived in California. My kids were growing up and I knew that, at some point, I needed to find something for myself. I hired a coach to help me explore my choices. After a couple of months of working together, it became obvious that coaching was what I wanted to do. I took all my trainings in a short period of time and launched my company right away, in 2014.
I began to work with teenagers as well as adults in career transition or life transition.
I felt more and more connected with those teenagers who were struggling with their academics, who didn't have the tools to manage their stress, who were procrastinating, who were anxious about their future because they didn't have the grades to apply to Ivy League Colleges.
I felt more and more connected with those parents who were confused about their teens, who didn't have the resources, the tools and sometime the energy to help them navigate through this challenging time.
How to be clear on what's the best for our children, when we are scared about the future? This is what I witness every day.
I have 4 teens at home and I know from my experience that they won't listen to me! (Sigh!) because I am supposed to be wrong, because I am supposed to not understand, because I am supposed to be "So Yesterday!".
I want to help them face those challenges, discover who they are, what they want, how they can make a difference in this world, understand they are unique and valuable, give them some tools to stay motivated and organized, cope with failures, manage their stress, communicate more effectively with their parents, stop procrastinate and be excited about their future. If parents suffer from bad relationships with their teens, teens also crave for more peace at home!
Combining my own life experience with the life coaching trainings, I help students with skills that I would have loved to have learned when I was a teenager.
Q&A about Coaching
1. What is life coaching for teenagers?
It is a branch of life coaching adapted for teenagers.
The word “coach” comes from a metaphor of a bus that transports someone to someplace he wants to go. So literally a coach helps people get to their desired goal.
Life coaching for teens helps them having a better understanding of themselves and gives them tools to make empowered choices from a place of confidence.
2. Who are your typical clients and how do your work with them?
I work with teenagers and young adults.
Usually my clients think that coaching is another kind of therapy.
The therapist works on the Why, why you are who you are today. There is something to fix, there is something to heal. He digs in the past and tries to understand.
The coach works on the How, how, who you are today, can move forward and reach your goal. There is nothing to fix, there is nothing to heal. We are all different, the coach helps you find your own answers and what best works for you.
4. What are the typical reasons parents and teens seek your support?
Concerns are pretty similar:
5. How does a typical coaching relationship work?
I meet with my clients once a week for one hour, in person (in a cafe or at their home), over the phone or by Skype.
We work on 1 or 2 concepts in a session, then we take some examples from their own life and how they can apply those concepts in the next week (like action-step). They hold themselves accountable and come back to me during the week by email or text message. For example when we talk about motivation, I explain the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
Then the student takes some specific example from their own life. I use extrinsic motivation to go to the gym once a week, because I know it’s good for me, I get a material reward by staying fit and not having back issues. Believe me, while doing elbow-plank for 4 minutes I don’t really enjoy it….
On the other hand I naturally use intrinsic motivation when I play tennis. I just love it. I don’t do it for any reward, I just love playing tennis! And I am pretty good at it. It feels good! See the difference?
Helping students (who usually tell me that nothing motivates them) find what motivates them, that’s a pretty cool job!!!
6. What is your relationship with the parents?
As an ICF Certified Coach I respect and follow the ICF Code of Ethics. I have to maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all my clients. What happens in a coaching session stays between my client and I, unless I realize my client is in danger or puts someone else in danger. However, I stay in touch with the parents to keep them updated, while respecting the client's privacy. Trust is essential in our coaching relationship.
One of the ways I stay in touch with the parents would be by sending them a link to the concept we worked on (for the ALC Program) and encourage them to try it on their own as well, and then to engage the conversation with their teen.
7. In which cases would the program not work?
A coaching relationship is above all else a human relationship. We have to trust and respect each other.
8. Tell me about one success story?
I have several… one of my favorites is this 20 Year old student who dropped out from a good college, not knowing what he wanted to do. After several months at home we began to work together and after a couple of sessions, he was back to another college in a totally different field. After 2 months he had super good grades, was looking for an internship for the summer and was super excited about possible careers. I got an update during the summer. He got his AA degree with straight A’s, and was transfering to a 4 years college.
9. I am ready to know more about coaching, what can I do?
Congratulations for taking the next steps to succeed academically and professionally!
I encourage you to take a look at my 2 programs to see which one matches with your goals.
10. I still have few questions, how can I contact you?
You can always contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11. I chose my program, what is the next step?
Now it's time to schedule a discovery session with me. This session is free and without commitment!
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