Using a score of 1-10 (1 is low, 10 is high), how would you rate the following
Overall experience of Coaching?
10. Loved the accessibility of coaching via FaceTime. She was in her own bedroom, and comfortable even if the topic being discussed was outside of her comfort zone.
Relevancy of themes/topics covered in the coaching sessions?
10. They were focussed on the worries and issues that she had and the examples used (e.g. cheerleading) meant that G could relate to what was being said. She was also able to talk more openly about the issues that she was having because she was speaking to someone impartial who was able to explain what she was feeling; understood what she was experiencing; and had positive steps to helping deal with these issues.
Supporting materials to continue the practice and positive momentum in between the sessions?
10. These were very helpful reminders of what had been discussed and had helpful tips. It was also useful for the parents to see what had been discussed.
Overall opinion of CHAMPS Academy as a proactive and solution-based coaching organisation for young people? 10 We would highly recommend CHAMPS. This is coaching and not counselling. The word ‘coaching’ is positive and made it much easier for us to discuss this as an option for helping G with the problems that she was facing.
The sessions were accessible – not through School or having to visit someone – being able to do them from home was a massive bonus and all the sessions were at convenient times. Annette was very easy to talk to, plus, reassuring and supporting for us as parents to be able to discuss G’s progress with her. We would highly recommend CHAMPS Academy.
Was there an example of a specific improvement you’ve noticed so far either during or shortly after the coaching?
One of the big successes is G went on a school trip to France, and had a great time! Since changing schools, she has always turned down the opportunity to do any extracurricular trips or excursions. In a brave moment before we started the coaching she decided she would go on this trip, which was surprising. Any other ‘social’ event such as a birthday meal out with her friendship group, has always been very challenging for her.
She would be consumed by worries about possible awkward moments, the thought of being left on the periphery with nothing to say, in the lead up to the event. We were expecting the same in the lead up to her trip to Paris, but we noticed a significant difference in how she managed her thoughts and panic. I don’t think we had a single ‘meltdown’ moment, she managed to deal with the fear of sharing a room with 2 girls, one whom she knew, but another who she had never spoken to before.
I knew she was particularly concerned about this, before the coaching she would have found her worrying thoughts uncontrollable, but this time she seemed to be able to manage them better without letting them spill out.
We didn’t have to work hard to keep her calm and focussed on a positive outcome, she managed to do this herself.
This was a really big step for her. She also had an amazing time, and for the first time was able to relax with her friends and let them get to know her a little more. The whole year in this new school she has been holding back, not letting people get to know her and being so cautious, it was thrilling for us as parents to greet her back from her trip seeing a happy and confident girl.
What has this meant to you as a family?
Reducing the panic and meltdown moments is a big deal for us as a family. We still have a long way to go, especially with her siblings and reacting to each other. Even small improvements make a big difference with less tension or shouting at home.
Do you have advice or guidance for other parents?
We have no ground-breaking advice for others in similar situations other than to contact CHAMPS Academy.
We considered both counselling and coaching and chose to go with coaching as a more pro-active and positive approach. Our main goal was for G to be able to manage her emotions, and to have the confidence at school to let people get to know her and for her to be able to talk more to her friends. We still have a way to go, but with positive re-enforcement of the techniques she has learnt we are able to bring her back on track when a situation arises that could have derailed her.
I would also say that this isn’t a miracle cure, we had reached a point with G where she desperately wanted to change herself, and without her desire to change I’m not sure we would have had the positive result we did? A lot of the topics and advice given were variations of things we had tried as parents but had been unable to get G to take on board either because we are her parents and she didn’t listen to us, or that we were viewed as biased so what we said wasn’t taken seriously.
Having someone new to help her and explain that how she was feeling was how lots of people do, and the tips and techniques given were sound and easy to follow, was a definite turning point.
We’d highly recommend the positive coaching; accessibility of the sessions, but most of all the help and improvements that the sessions have given G, and the basis that it has given her to push on and improve her life and expand her horizons but not being so trapped in her mind.
Read G’s parents independent Trustpilot review here>>
Th majority of young people do not need to see a counsellor or therapist, they need practical tools and strategies they can use in real-life! Not delving into their past, filling in tick-sheets or doing endless talking-therapies. Plus they need help NOW, not in a few months (or longer), for example being stuck on the CAMHS waiting list.
To continue the positive momentum of the coaching many parents choose to continue the 1:1 coaching with CHAMPS Academy as they are offered the option to join Annette’s monthly mentoring program, which create more positive repetition and deeper fulfilment in the child/teens life and ignites unstoppable momentum.