Does Life Coaching Even Work

Proof is In the Pudding – Life Coaching Works and Here’s Why

Yes! Life coaching does work. After working with clients in the 12-25-year-old range, Positive Presence, the nation’s largest life-coaching company for teenagers & young adults, has seen dramatic results in their clients. For example,

100% of students saw personal growth within 6 months of mentor-coaching based on self-reporting surveys.

Some of the areas Positive Presence students saw growth in particular include but are not limited to:

  • Self-esteem
  • Time management
  • Goal-setting behaviors
  • Body image
  • Managing stress
  • Practicing authenticity
  • Confidence
  • Resiliency
  • Emotional awareness and understanding
  • Self-care

Additionally, 100% of students reported experiencing a better connection with themselves and 50% reported a better relationship with their friends and family.

The secret sauce of mentor-coaching is personalization, communication, and persistence. Positive Presence’s students are matched with their mentor-coaches based on specific criteria that is designed to create intimacy, connection, and empathy.

Life coaching (or mentor-coaching as we like to call it) is especially effective for younger clients. Males and females in the 12-25-year-old range often struggle to articulate their feelings, understand their emotions, and express themselves. Mentor-coaching is designed to help develop these skills in a non-threatening and low-pressure environment.

Positive Presence students routinely report feeling immediate growth in goal-setting behaviors, family relationships, and emotional intelligence upon entering into the mentor-coach program.

If you are worried your mentor-coach might not understand your loved one’s unique problems, rest assured. Positive Presence students reported growth in over 28 unique areas, from relationships to trauma to dark thoughts to confidence, mentor-coaches are trained and poised through life experience to help their mentees identify and reach their goals on their own terms.

Who is Mentor-Coaching For?

Mentor-coaching is focused on helping the next generation discover self-confidence and self-awareness while creating a plan to help them identify and reach their goals. Mentor/life coaching helps mentees unlock their potential and become a better version of themselves.

Positive Presence mentor-coaches are trained to understand, empathize, and strategize with their clients to achieve the changes and results they desire. People who become mentor-coaches have often experienced both hardships and success, making them capable of relating and empathizing with their clients. They can help with topics such as:

  • Self-confidence and self-worth
  • Authenticity
  • Growth mindset
  • Limiting beliefs
  • Self-discipline
  • Emotional awareness
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Resiliency
  • Budgeting
  • Body image
  • Health and nutrition
  • Goal-setting
  • Purposeful living

Life coaches are typically individuals who have experienced growth and success in one or more areas of life and share their personal knowledge with clients to assist them in reaching their personal and/or professional goals. The intentional nature of the life coaching experience is action and goal-oriented.

Are Mentor-Coaches Trained?

Unlike therapists and psychiatrists, life coaches do not have to attain any legal certification or standards to practice. However, this does not mean that life coaches are not qualified or do not seek out certification on their own.

In fact, many life coaches complete certifications by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) or by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). These courses require education, training, and certification – as well as training requirements and certain ethical and professional standards. Many Positive Presence mentor-coaches have stacked accreditations (including these certifications) from their personal experiences on top of their Positive Presence Certification.

Searching for a coach with ICF or CCE certifications may help you feel confident about working with a Life coach, but that is not the only consideration to make. When selecting a life coach, the person being coaches should consider the following:

  1. Do I feel comfortable with this person? Or, can I see myself becoming comfortable with this person?
  2. What past and personal experience have they had that makes them qualified to help with my concerns?
  3. Is this person available to me when I need them?
  4. Does this person have the tools and experience to help me make progress towards my goals?

Caution and curiosity are two of the best traits when making a decision for your child (we get it, you want the best for your loved one – as you should), so we understand any hesitation you may have about mentor-coaching and mental health services. It’s ok to be hesitant – we encourage you to keep an open mind as you discover more about the mental health industry and services available to you and your family.

If you think your child could benefit, like so many of the other mentees Positive Presence has helped, fill out our brief survey and we can help you figure out a path forward, whatever that looks like.

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Jessica has roughly 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, curating premier wine programs in Las Vegas and developing educational programs for the largest beverage distribution company in North America. In 2022, Jessica altered her focus and is now utilizing her educational, management, and organizational skills to positively impact others on a grander scale. She is now developing multiple modalities focused in emotional intelligence, executive functioning, meta-learning, and positive psychology for struggling teens and young adults.

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

Meditating with sound bowls!

A Fun Fact:

I was the architect for my grandmother’s house

State: Nevada

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Missy Vandenheuvel

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Missy is a revitalized mother of two teenagers who understands the resilience it takes to raise children in the midst of a global pandemic. She is a passionate mentor because she recognizes there isn’t nearly enough support for the overwhelming number of people silently struggling. Her sincere and compassionate personality is what makes her thrive as a coach and a leading member of our company. As our Sales manager she recognized that her role is to listen and learn as much about your child (or yourself) as possible. While listening, I am identifying a mentor coach that I believe your child will not only like based on their personality, but also one who has experienced and overcome similar pain points, and areas of opportunity, optimizing relatability. Ultimately, setting your child up for growth and fulfillment socially, mentally, and physically. 

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

My Favorite Mindful technique is to Shifting Thought Patterns by focusing on the Grounding Technique. Starts with a big belly breath in. Then, you tap into your 5 senses, to quickly and effortlessly shift your current focus. Choose a sense- any sense, and count down from 5 (order or senses can be altered): 5 things you see, 4 things you smell, 3 things you feel, 2 things you hear, 1 thing you taste.

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 I travel to Florida from Wisconsin 3-4 times a year, and we plan to relocate somewhere with the state in 1.5 years. I’ve been dreaming about this since I first saw the ocean at the age of 14 years old. 

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