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Private Coaching for Teenagers

Dan is a Transformation and Mindfulness Coach supporting both adults and teens. We are delighted to welcome him and his brand new Teen 121 coaching to our space.

“The Covid-19 pandemic could leave a lasting “legacy of anxiety and poor mental health” among young people, children’s charity Barnardo’s has warned. Stress, depression and loneliness are among mental health challenges young people are continuing to face as the UK recovers from the health crisis, says the charity.

We caught up with Dan to find out more about his work with teens and how he strives to support young people at such a vital time.

To book a session for a teen with Dan, simply drop us an email at info@thesecretspace.org.uk and we will arrange a consultation call to get you started.

Tell us a little bit about what you do & why working with young people is so important to you?

So, I am a transformational & mindfulness coach. Until recently all of my clients have been adults but a while ago, I had some requests from parents to see their children. There was never a doubt in my mind I would love to work with young people with something to offer & I am a believer in following what the universe is telling me & after a further few requests I felt it was only right to follow the signs! I took time to study further & complete the necessary safe-guarding qualifications to offer my services safely & confidently. My own childhood was hard, I experienced a lot of confusion & although everything happens for a reason, I also believe that if this type of space were offered to me as a teenager it would of without doubt benefited me.

In your coaching process with young people, what changes do you make from working with adults?

The main difference with the process is not holding too much space in the unknown. A lot of the work I do when helping adults transform their lives can create periods of confusion & fear, specifically at times of revelation. Adults can emotionally hold this process & it is necessary. With young people, especially from the ages of 15-19 its important that the process involves constant explanation throughout & continued reflection to create a constant sense of safety in the space. As they begin to feel safe & free to be honest the work can begin.

What do you think is the main factors why our young people are struggling so much these days?

Well, it starts with not feeling safe and that doesn’t mean they don’t have the safety of a home & loving family. Its more to do with the information they are consuming & the lack of filters to what they see. Add this to the standard pressures of school, success & happiness & it is no wonder they are struggling to deal with their emotions. In addition, we have new labels for their struggles with main one being anxiety. Its not enough to just pin a diagnosis on what is in effect a bunch of different emotions that once explored & explained further can be really easy to work through.

How should parents approach the idea of their children seeing someone?

As a parent myself the first thing I had to admit is, I don’t have all the answers. Owning this fact with our children & letting them know you want to do everything you can to support them, can build parent/child relationships & make them stronger. The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” best explains this to me & the initiation into adulthood was never meant to be done by just one or two parents.

Are there any specific requirements to you accepting a young person as a client?

I would love to say all are welcome but the truth is this work cannot be forced onto young people. All my young clients come because they want to. Although there are more pitfalls to growing up happy nowadays it is also true that there are more young people looking for answers to their questions & want to experience the best life possible. My work offers them a space to explore their fears, express their emotions & offer a better outlook, while encouraging them to stay young.