College, Teen & Child Coaching & Purposeful Companionship

The Unique Benefits of Youth Coaching & Purposeful Companionship

None of us want our children and young adults to face life’s difficulties. When challenges arise, however, Youth Coaching and Purposeful Relationships offers not only unconditional support from a highly-trained adult ally, but also the opportunity for them to develop knowledge and skills that will benefit them throughout their entire lives. Whether their challenges are social, emotional, physical, or situational, Youth-Clients will receive consistent encouragement and reinforcement; they will be seen and heard in an environment where it is safe to express any thought or idea. They will also be provided tools, the right questions, and action planning to move towards overarching well-being and, if appropriate, achieve goals.

  • *Coaching is not counseling (please see below)
  • **For Career-Related Challenges for College Students, Please Also See Adult Coaching and Resume Services for more information (rates below).

Youth-Coaching Can Help Children and Young Adults to:

  • Manage challenging situations
  • Identify and mitigate triggers and false beliefs
  • Generate healthy habits
  • Build relationships
  • Handle anxiety and stress, and develop coping mechanisms
  • Acknowledge and work through difficult emotions
  • Establish and obtain goals
  • Defining what they can and can’t control
  • Expand sense of security
  • Explore thoughts and circumstances
  • Access new perspectives and understanding
  • Increase resiliency
  • Consider a variety of choices and actions, and enact them
  • Design and choose paths to pursue 
  • Develop a positive, healthy self-esteem and identity

This is Especially Helpful During Periods Of/With:

  • Family Challenge (separation, divorce, loss, death, moving, transition, etc.)
  • Social Challenge (loneliness, bullying, feeling different, peer pressure, etc.)
  • School Challenge (learning challenges, stress, work challenges, high self-expectations, experiences of failure, etc.)
  • Big Goals (school, work, project, career, etc.)
  • Self-Image Development (self-esteem, self-knowledge, etc.)
  • Direction Defining (career direction, interests, etc.)

The skills and support they receive can also be applied across their lives to many different situations and for general well being.

No matter what challenge a child or young adult is facing, our underlying focus will always be on helping them to develop a positive and healthy self-esteem. As a coach with fourteen years experience, I have seen over and over that no matter one’s age, this is the common vein that drives my clients towards fulfillment, resiliency, and achieving the lives that they desire (I can say this from my own life experiences as well). Therefore, helping children and youth learn how to develop and maintain a positive sense of self at such a young age is of critical importance, and a very real gift.” – Kerri K. Yates, CPCC

Coaching VS. Counseling

Coaching is not counseling. Coaches help their Youth-Clients to develop their strengths and overcome challenges in the present and to become equipped for the future; they do not address healing methods for past traumas (although healing can be a side-effect of coaching), handle diagnosed pathologies (mental health disorders), or “fix” them. Instead, the Coach addresses her Youth-Client as a whole and capable person and provides the companionship and tools for him or her to be affirmed, explore, plan, act and be his or her best self.

Coaching, however, can coincide with therapy (and does so well). If a Coach believes therapy is required instead of coaching or in addition to coaching, the Coach will inform the Youth-Client and the parent. With permission, the Coach and Therapist can interact on behalf of the Youth-Client.

Confidentiality & Parents/Guardians

The Coach-Youth Client relationship will remain confidential unless the Youth-Client presents information that indicates any form of risk (sexual, physical, emotional) or actions that should be taken by the parent (for example, in the case of bullying). The Coach is also available to speak to schools, counselors, and teachers if appropriate. This will be explained to the Youth-Client by the Coach and discussed in an ongoing manner. The Coach will confer with psychological experts on any topics/issues that are questionable as to whether a break in confidentiality is required. In cases of significant immediate risk, the Coach maintains the right to contact the police and appropriate social and health services.

Generally, the Coach will express to Parents/Guardians his or her general sense of how our coaching is proceeding and encourage the Youth-Client to do so as well. If agreed upon with the Youth-Client and Parent/Guardian, the Coach can provide more specific observations via telephone or in person (see F.A.Q.s below). With Kid-Clients, this is more expected. With Teens and College-Aged Clients, this kind of reporting usually generates a breach of confidentiality and trust.

Religion & Family Cultures

The Coach will always respect the religious and cultural identity of each Youth-Client. The Coach will request information about each client and his or her family in a pre-coaching questionnaire.

If appropriate, requested, and accepted by the Youth-Client, religious and cultural views can be included in the sessions. The Coach, however, will not force the Youth-Client in this area.

Sessions (How it Works):

Pre-First Session: For all clients excluding college students, a parent/guardian questionnaire and a client questionnaire will be requested before the first meeting.

  • Kids: we suggest a 55-minute family session where the coach will meet with the parents/guardian, the family as a whole, and then the child. Alternatively, a telephone session can be arranged with the parents/guardian.
  • Teens: a family meeting is negotiable.
  • College-Age: We do not do initial family sessions.

Sessions:

  • Coaching: Sessions will have a focus (goal set with the client) and utilize self-discovery, tool-building, action plans, and follow through (accountability).
  • Purposeful Companionship: Sessions will be about being present, with an underlying focus on developing safety, feeling seen and known, self-expression and, as a side-result, life skills. The coach will include activities such as: active listening, question asking, mirroring, identifying (calling out), discovering, and visioning.

Parent Reports:

  • Kids: Parents may arrange to have post-session telephone calls or in-person discussions about the coaches’ observations. This will be decided in a manner that protects the child’s sense of freedom with the coach.
  • Teens & College: See “Confidentiality & Parents” above.

Specific Ages & Corresponding Coaching Topic/Goal Examples (scroll down for your child’s age)

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FACING POST-COLLEGE LIFE:

We have a three-session (extendable) program to help students define and negotiate their life direction post-college. This package or general coaching can include:

  • Identifying values, interests, passions & talents
  • Exploring paths
  • Creating a plan
  • Generating a resume and job pursuit skills (depending on chosen path)
  • Application & decision support (depending on chosen path)
  • Interviewing & self-presentation support
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COLLEGE LIFE:

  • Questions about life direction
  • Goal achievement
  • Self-esteem challenges & expansion (resilience)
  • Understanding & celebrating his or her unique personality, interests & gifts
  • Stress (workload, social, loneliness, etc.)
  • Periods of hardship (divorce, bullying, etc.)
  • Motivation
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TEENS:

  • Understanding & celebrating his or her unique personality, interests & gifts
  • Needing a consistent, “got-your-back,” safe & consistent mentor
  • Goal achievement
  • Self-esteem challenges & expansion (resilience)
  • Feeling “not-understood”
  • Stress (workload, social, loneliness, etc.)
  • Periods of hardship (divorce, bullying, etc.)
  • Motivation
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KIDS:

  • A mentor/adult who provides consistent listening, companionship & affirmation
  • Identifying & celebrating unique personality traits and abilities
  • Self-esteem challenges & expansion (resilience)
  • Social challenges (loneliness, not fitting in)
  • Periods of hardship (divorce, bullying, etc.)
  • Stress
  • Needing a sense of security

F.A.Q.s

  • Scheduling: Sessions can be scheduled on a weekly basis (suggested). For special periods or if more regular meetings meet the needs of the client, twice-weekly or thrice-weekly schedules can be arranged.
  • Location: Our office is in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., five minutes from downtown Charleston.
  • Telephone/Skype Coaching: This is only suggested as an option only for teen and college-aged clients.

Pricing:

CAREER SERVICES for COLLEGE STUDENTS:

  • Career/Direction Package: $300.00 (one 90-minute discover sessions and two 50-minute sessions)
  • Undergraduate Student Resumes & Cover Letters: $160.00 – Resume (up to two pages); $60.00 Cover Letter (one page); Package (one version of each) – $200.00

YOUTH COACHING

  • Introductory Package: One 90-minute and two 55-minute sessions. $300.00
  • Single Coaching Session: 55-minute session. $100.00/session
  • Single Power Session: 90-minute session. $135.00/session

The above assumes one session per week. If there is a reason for greater frequency, please contact me to discuss options and rates.

Insurance & Scholarships

We do not take insurance and instead hold a number of reduced-rate scholarship slots. If you would like to pursue one of these slots, please indicate this in your communications and we will either provide it or put you on the waiting list for the next available opening.

Our Coaches

  • Kerri Yates, CPCC
    Kerri Yates, CPCC

Since 2004, Kerri K. Yates, CPCC has been utilizing her exceptionally personal style of coaching to work with a variety of clients across all ages and stages of life. She is:

  • Certified by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in Co-Active Coaching
  • A Mother (two boys)
  • The Founder of 7 Nightingales
  • An Educational Event Coordinator (child-focused, family and adult events)
  • A Graduate of Wellesley College (Anthropology)

Kerri works successfully with Youth-Clients on a variety of goals. She is intuitive, sensitive, and warm, while also direct. She is also unfailingly encouraging. When her clients need an advocate who can see their gifts and wonders, Kerri places those in front of them. When they need to just be heard and known, she listens. When they need to be pushed, she calls them forward towards their best actions. She is their cheerleader, tactical partner, and ‘safe space’ to explore what is possible, make it happen, or just be their best and true selves.

Testimonials:

  • I really liked your approach of encouraging me to look inside myself, to get in touch with feelings that I already have about a new career and who I am in this sense. The coaching session left me feeling like I had connected with something “truer” to myself, and our exchange felt much more “emotional” than “mental”. I also appreciated your follow-up e-mail, especially the summary of values I had mentioned during the session – it made me feel really listened to!

    S.M.
  • Kerri has the gift that transforms lives from just living to living your dreams.  Her soft, passionate, and straightforward demeanor embraces her clients to open up their hearts and minds to know they can achieve…My Life has been transformed to living my dreams, and Kerri’s coaching allowed me to achieve them!

    S. Glash
  • Kerri has been my coach for almost five months now and she has made a marvelous difference in my life. She is a joy as well as an excellent coach. I’ve had other coaches in the past, but never have I felt such kinship, aliveness and genuine championing of my ideas as I have with Kerri. Kerri was recommended to me and I can genuinely recommend her if you are seeking a coach with sensitivity, insight and passion who loves to laugh. I recommend her both for the results I have achieved though her coaching and from my heart because she is also a warm and lovely person.

    R. Arian
  • I have to thank you for another great session. Each session really energizes me more and more and makes me realize that I am really someone that has skills and abilities …I feel really good about myself and know that I wouldn’t be feeling this way if I hadn’t started coaching with you. I still can’t believe how I discovered you were coaching and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you.

    K. Such
  • I have coached with Kerri for almost a year now.  I have found her to be a compassionate, sensitive person, who hears beyond the words I am saying and has helped me get to the heart of the matters that I have been dealing with.   She has the ability to gently point out issues that need to be dealt with, and has helped me take ownership and management of issues in my life that have needed to be resolved.  She is my biggest cheerleader, and I look forward to each of our coaching sessions so that we can celebrate together the progress I am making.  I feel very safe with her and know that I can say what I am thinking and she will never judge or reject me.  I …feel blessed to have her in my life as both a coach and now a friend.

    S.C.
  • Kerri started out as my coach, and I now count her as a close friend too. I am so grateful that I have had the privilege to work with her. She has been an encouragement, confidant and supportive mentor and friend. She is an inspiration to me and I have grown and moved forward in my life thanks to her support and coaching.

    S. Chittenden
  • She [Kerri Yates] is fully present, energetic, invested in her clients, a great listener and distiller. She is fully qualified to draw information out and weave it into something powerful.

    A. Beach
  • Wow, I always feel so balanced when I get off the phone with you, like things are more positive and accessible. Thanks. Really, it changes my outlook on my future.

    L.Y.
  • Kerri has built a successful private coaching practice and has also been a featured speaker at several public events.  She is a savvy business woman, and radiates grace and elegance in all that she does…Kerri has frequently mentored and coached me, specifically on how to grow my business.  She has the ability to get right to the heart of the matter each and every time.  She is curious and probably makes me laugh more than anyone else in my life!  What strikes me most about Kerri is her ability to connect in an intuitive way with others, her heartfelt kindness, her depth of character, her wisdom beyond her years.

    S.F.
  • Kerri was fantastic! Really opened my eyes to things I never knew about myself.

    J. McClure
  • I highly recommend my current coach, Kerri Yates …I admire her non-judgmental courage in going anywhere in the coaching that I need to go.  She also provides me with her insight in a very supportive way…  she is helping me surface what is important.

    S.F.
  • …When I lost my job due to a budget cut, I was devastated…I didn’t know if I had marketable skills or to what degree…She listened closely to my situation, immediately giving me the feeling that, as personal as my situation was, it also was something that so many people shared.  Asking the right questions, she helped me understand that I do, in fact, have a unique skill set that not only is quite marketable but is really far more valuable even than a price tag or a job title can do justice…I am enjoying myself more than I ever have…Kerri has helped me to transform my life, to be respectful of my own boundaries and needs, to clarify my values, and to continue to live with integrity.  Her tremendous ability to connect the dots, her commitment to my growth, and her keen business acumen are a potent force for making a difference in people’s lives.

    M.D.
  • As an executive, I have never worked with someone that has demonstrated so much commitment, passion, and dedication to their client’s success. Kerri surpassed all of my expectations while working on my resume. Frankly speaking, she is an artist when it comes to resume building—essentially drawing a portrait of her clients career via a resume. Out of all of the resume builders on elance, I am so thankful that I chose her to work on my resume! Thank you, Kerri!

    Ed. H.
  • Kerri laid out the resume-writing process clearly from day one, and she was readily available for questions and concerns. Her positive mindset is reflected in my resume. Kerri’s work was fast yet thorough, with close attention to detail. In addition to good work and professionalism, she is also a warm and friendly person!

    Elance Client
  • Its been an incredible experience working with Kerri. She is an expert for covering letters. She took the time to understand my key skills and matched it with the requirements for the position I was applying to. Kerri is a passionate writer and she superbly articulated my thoughts into words. I highly recommend her.

    Elance Client
  • Kerri is a master of the keyboard. ROI worth every penny. She’s also the nicest person ever. 10/10 would repeat.

    Elance Client
  • This is my second job for Kerri and I must say is that her work are light years ahead than what I tossed to her. I consider Kerri as a “miracle worker” for resumes and cover letters and she is very passionate about it. She also communicates well and is very reliable in meeting or exceeding her deadlines. I will definitely use her again in the future.

    gamecockfan1201
  • Kerri exceeded my expectations with my resume refresh. She has a very warm personality, very prompt in her responses, professional. In the end, I reviewed the finished product and was like “Wow, this looks awesome!”. I much more confident now than before. I was so satisfied with my resume, I asked her to refresh my cover letter as well. I confidently recommend her work to anyone.

    Elance Client
  • I am extremely happy with all of the work that Kerri Yates did for me in my cv (resume) and cover letter. She is thorough, detailed, and such a warm and lovely person. She researched how to make it the best cv (resume) and really stand out among the crowd. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a professionally written cv (resume) to give yourself a cut above the rest when applying for jobs. She was prompt in making any changes necessary and always had amazing communication with me.

    Elleinora
  • I gave Kerri my mid-level resume to review and she turned it from decent to great. She was professional and dedicated to creating a quality product. She answered several questions about resume formats and provided advice that demonstrated a good command of resume writing/marketing and drew on her experience as a career coach. Her rate was very competitive and I would use her services again.

    Stebrulll
  • The project of redesigning my resume was A++. A sincere and honest passion to complete my project is something that makes Kerri stand out. I could not possibly recommend her more. Thank again Kerri. Ryan

    ryandonz
  • It was great working with Kerri. From the beginning we developed a professional and personal rapport that was both fun and helpful. She successfully completed the project and embedded words of strength, encouragement, and wisdom in our communications.

    Elance Client
  • Fantastic work, well articulated. I definitely couldn’t have done this myself, thanks very much!

    smilner63
  • Kerri completely exceeded my expectations. I had previously hired someone to write my resume and Kerri took that resume to another level and wrote a cover letter that is sure to impress. The work she does is very high quality. I cannot recommend her enough! I will definitely be using her again in the future.

    Client From Glasgow
  • Kerri laid out the resume-writing process clearly from day one, and she was readily available for questions and concerns. Her positive mindset is reflected in my resume. Kerri's work was fast yet thorough, with close attention to detail. In addition to good work and professionalism, she is also a warm and friendly person!

    Anonymous Client (Via Upwork)
  • I was very determined to find some one good. I thought to myself what does "someone good" actually mean.  Some one who is fast? Some one who is calm, clear and understanding? Or some one who is damn good at writing? I confidently decided on the following: I wanted some one who could interpret my rough notes, understand me and what I was trying to say, more than I did. Some one who can write much better than I could. Some one who writes at a professional level, yet was inspiring, some one who knew the readers needs as well. I was looking for a person who could literally wave a magic wand over my resume and turn it into something amazing. Perhaps guided by instinct and the irrational belief that such things were possible, or maybe it was just dumb luck, but these things and more I found with Kerri. Thank you. The layout looks great! If you are in a bind and really need a caped crusader with writing skills Kerri is your woman!

    Anonymous Client (Via Upwork)
  • Kerri was great to work with. I am more confident than ever with my revised resume and cover letter.

    Upwork Client, 2017
  • Kerri completely exceeded my expectations. I had previously hired someone to write my resume and Kerri took that resume to another level and wrote a cover letter that is sure to impress. The work she does is very high quality. I cannot recommend her enough! I will definitely be using her again in the future.

    Upwork Client, 2017
  • As an executive, I have never worked with someone that has demonstrated so much commitment, passion, and dedication to their client's success. Kerri surpassed all of my expectations while working on my resume. Frankly speaking, she is an artist when it comes to resume building---essentially drawing a portrait of her client's career via a resume. Out of all of the resume builders on [Upwork], I am so thankful that I chose her to work on my resume! Thank you, Kerri!

    Ed H., 2016
  • This was the first time that I have used the Elance [now Upwork] service. I was very determined to find some one good. I thought to myself what does "someone good" actually mean. Some one who is fast? Some one who is calm, clear and understanding? Or some one who is damn good at writing? I confidently decided on the following: I wanted some one who could interpret my rough notes, understand me and what I was trying to say, more than I did. Some one who can write much better than I could. Some one who writes at a professional level, yet was inspiring, some one who knew the readers needs as well. I was looking for a person who could literally wave a magic wand over my resume and turn it into something amazing. Perhaps guided by instinct and the irrational belief that such things were possible, or maybe it was just dumb luck, but these things and more I found with Kerri. Thank you. The layout looks great! If you are in a bind and really need a caped crusader with writing skills Kerri is your woman!

    Upwork Client, 2016
  • You have no idea how wonderful it felt leaving your office, such a weight lifted and that feeling of heading in the right direction.

    Catherine W.
  • I met Kerri Yates in passing outside Mt. Pleasant and was immediately struck by her present and authentic nature. After our conversation meandered for a bit and she filled me into what she did for a living, we exchanged information and she encouraged me to reach out to start a "conversation" with her. It took me sometime to finally reach out and schedule a meeting but I am so glad I did. As a "wanderful" individual who is looking for a bit of direction with a hunch of where I want to go--Kerri provided an invaluable space in which I could lay everything out and have someone else peek in to help distill it all into a meaningful form. Kerri's insight and ability to catch onto the most subtle of cues, bringing into focus their implications, is refreshing and was --initially-- slightly unsettling. But obviously in the best way possible: she drew my attention to commonalities--linking themes and relationship between my interests, previous pursuits and passions, as well as my skill sets --while helping me overlook things I saw as roadblocks which were preventing me from seeing the bigger picture. A conversation with Kerri, as cliché as it may sound, is like talking with an old friend. The level of care and intention she brings to her clients and their growth is unparalleled. Kerri and I are still laying some of the groundwork for my own path but I am genuinely excited to see how conversations evolve and what directions I grow with Kerri's help and guidance. If you're feeling stalled out, unsure of next steps, or are staring into the big unknown after a life transition: ten out of ten would recommend Kerri as a guide, companion and adviser. She's in a class of her own and won't disappoint when it come to life perspective and ways to move forward purposefully in life.

    Ian McConnell
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