How to Choose an Online Mentor Coach for Your Teenager

What is the best life coaching programs for teens and young adults?

When deciding to seek help for emotional and mental growth, strength, and insight, you might feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options available. After all, this is your mental health we’re talking about, not just a new t-shirt. With the growing options in the online mental wellness space, it’s become quite challenging to find the best fit for your needs.

In this article, we are going to go over some of the basic pros and cons you can expect from some of the most commonly used online mental wellness organizations available today.

Positive Presence Global

Positive Presence was one of the first (if not the) first exclusively virtual mentor-coaching organization dedicated to serving youths. Since Positive Presence’s inception in 2016, the organization has grown to offer more opportunities for tweens, teens, young adults and their families.

Positive Presence’s most notable benefit is our exclusively virtual and customized coaching offerings. Our virtual model grants us access to a vast nationwide network of certified one-on-one mentor-coaches – experts carefully curated and uniquely selected to help our mentees through any struggle.

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes, Positive Presences’ exclusively virtual presence allows us to cater to each student’s unique needs by providing them with a mentor-coach specifically trained to work with the student’s goals and concerns.

Group Coaching Available

Yes, students can choose to work in a small group setting, a large online community, or in 1:1 sessions with a private mentor-coach

Coach Certification Process

Mentor-coaches go through a rigorous 8-week training process (after successfully making it through an extremely demanding interview process). Each coach works with our training team to work through the material and expectations crafted directly by founder – Michelle Marie King. Then, each prospective mentor-coach must pass an extensive scenario-based exam. For more information on the mentor-coach certification process, see this article.

1:1 Coaching

Yes, both students and parents can work with specialized and certified mentor-coach on a 1:1 basis.

Personalized Coaching Programs

Yes, each student is given personalized attention via a network of coaches and data-driven material to help with their areas of concern.

Blog

Podcast

Age Range

All ages. Currently ranging from 10 years old all the way to 65 years old. Positive Presence has coaches that specialize in children, teenagers, young adults, and parents.

Price

Monthly coaching starts at $260 and includes complimentary 24/7 support between the mentee and THEIR coach as well as bi-weekly coaching sessions. Pricing depends on which type of coaching experience you select. CoVid and sibling discounts as well as payment assistance programs are available through our 501c3 nonprofit. To learn more about our offerings and how they can fit in your budget, click here.

Payment Options

6 month or 12 month payment plans provided

Gender of Students

All genders including LGBTQIA+ customized support

Topic Covered

Emotional Intelligence topics including Emotional Awareness, Emotional Control, and Self-Acceptance | Executive Functioning Skills including Time Management, Studying Techniques, Healthy Habits, and Future Planning | Positive Psychology Techniques including Affirmations, Positive Thinking, Strength Awareness & Mindfulness & Meta-Learning Techniques including Practicing Intention, Self-Reflection and Trigger Analysis

Dr. RJ

Dr. RJ is an orthodontist turned life-coach based out of Austin, TX who offers online coaching for students under 18 years old. One benefit of Dr. RJ’s program is that parents know exactly who their child is working with considering Dr. RJ is the only available coach for the group coaching program.

Below are some more details about what you can expect from working with Dr. RJ:

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes

Group Coaching Available

Yes consisting of a 45 min online seminar held by Dr. RJ every Sunday with an additional parent seminar following to ensure parents can speak the same language

Coach Certification Process

No

1:1 Coaching

Provided on an as-needed basis at a higher price point. Students work with coaches trained by Dr. RJ

Personalized Coaching Programs

As Needed

Blog

Yes

Podcast

Yes

Age Range

18 and under

Price

$2,700 for 8-week group course

Payment Options

$2,500 if paid upfront or two payments of $1,300

Gender of Students

All genders

Topic Covered

Teen’s hopes, ideas, wants, dreams, and desires. “investing in their skill”

Better Help

Better Help (Therapy): largest therapy platform in the world and it’s 100% online. We change the way people approach their mental health and help them tackle life’s challenges by providing accessible and affordable care. With BetterHelp, you can message a professional therapist anytime, anywhere.

Below are some more details about what you can expect from working with BetterHelp:

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes

Group Coaching Available

No

Coach Certification Process

BetterHelp offers access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC). Each potential provider needs to complete a case study exam graded by a licensed clinician and be evaluated in a video interview. The result of this rigorous process is that only about 25% of applicants who apply to work as therapists through BetterHelp are accepted to the platform.

1:1 Coaching

Yes

Personalized Coaching Programs

The client would work directly with their designated therapist.

Blog

No

Podcast

No

Age Range

Teen coaching (12 yrs) or older

Price

The cost of therapy through BetterHelp ranges from $60 to $90 per week (billed every 4 weeks) and it is based on your location, preferences, and therapist availability. You can cancel your membership at any time, for any reason.

BetterHelp accepts HSA/FSA cards and is an eligible expense under most HSA/FSA providers.

Payment Options

Billing takes place every 4 weeks

Gender of Students

Any gender. They do have a specific department for LQBTQIA+

Topic Covered

Therapy-based interventions

The Teen Life Coach

The Teen Life Coach offers weekly 1-on-1 coaching sessions in person or virtually. She charges $200-$350 per session, plus an $8-$12 processing fee based on time selection. The only plan available is on a session-per-session basis. The owner and only coach on staff, she boasts a Master of Education and coaching certifications from International Coach Federation (ICF) and Youth Coaching Institute.

See below for additional details for what to expect if you work with The Teen Life Coach:

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes

Group Coaching Available

Not Available

Coach Certification Process

The Teen Life Coach is the owner and only coach. She is ICF Certified and has a Master’s of Education.

1:1 Coaching

Students receive a weekly 1-hour session in person or virtually

Personalized Coaching Programs

Yes

Blog

Yes

Podcast

No

Age Range

11-28 years of age

Price

$200-$350/session plus $8-$12 processing fee based on time selection

Payment Options

Payment is only available on a session by session basis

Gender of Students

All genders

Topic Covered

Academic success, anxiety reduction, social connections, self-exploration, ideal college & career

Coachbit

Coachbit is a virtual-only organization and its main offering is daily 15-minute check-ins via the Coachbit app. Students (10-22 years old) connect with their coach in the app via text or voice memos. This service costs either $199/month or $249/month based on the experience and qualifications of the coach selected.

Coachbit is more focused on behavioral changes as opposed to mental growth and wellness as a whole. They focus on organization, time management, test technique, self-discipline, and wellbeing.

Read below for more detailed information about what you can expect if you choose to work with Coachbit:

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes

Group Coaching Available

Not available

Coach Certification Process

No certification program. Each coach has a higher education or life experience and undergoes background checks and screening.

1:1 Coaching

15 min daily check-ins via Coachbit’s app between student and coach. Check-ins are done via text or voice notes.

Personalized Coaching Programs

Yes

Blog

No

Podcast

No

Age Range

Children from 10 years of age to college-aged

Price

$199/month or $249/month based on the tier of coach selected

Payment Options

Payment is accepted on a monthly basis for services

Gender of Students

All genders

Topic Covered

Organization & Time-management, Memory, Focus, Motivation, Confidence, Testing-technique, Grit & Self-discipline, Studying Methodology & Wellbeing Behaviors

Life Sketch

Life Sketch offers virtual coaching for teenagers as 1:1 50 minute sessions on a weekly basis. They require a 12 week commitment upfront, but also have maintenance check-ins and accountability follow-ups between sessions. They focus on motivation, self-confidence, anxiety, anger, and more.

One downside of Life Sketch is its lack of certification for coaches. They have no formal coach certification process other than their internal hiring practices which mandate coaches have a higher education degree.

See below for more information on Life Sketch and what to expect if you choose to work with them:

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes

Group Coaching Available

No

Coach Certification Process

All coaches have higher education in mental health or academic fields. No curated certification program by the company.

1:1 Coaching

Virtual one-on-one 50 min sessions. 8-9 sessions for the first 12 weeks. “Maintenance” check-ins and accountability follow-ups happen between sessions

Personalized Coaching Programs

Yes

Blog

No

Podcast

No

Age Range

Ages 12-19

Price

$135/session or $180/session depending on the tier of coach

Payment Options

Payment available on a session per session basis

Gender of Students

All genders

Topic Covered

Coaches can cover an array of topics. Students first identify who they are, what they want to do, and where they would like to be in life. Work backward from these bigger vision goals to identify obstacles to work through

Authentic Girl Coaching

Authentic Girl Coaching is unique in that this organization only services females aged 11 to 24. The owner, Joy Robinson is the only coach for this organization and boasts a Life Coach certification, as well as ACC, ICF, and Certified Youth Resilience certifications. She works on a very personal level with each student, offering weekly 1:1 sessions, and requires a 3-month commitment from each student.

See below for more information about what to expect working with Authentic Girl Coaching.

Virtual Coaching Available

Yes

Group Coaching Available

No

Coach Certification Process

Joy Robinson is the owner and only available coach. ACC, ICF, Certified Youth Resilience Coach, Girl Meets World Teaching Certification

1:1 Coaching

Virtual one-on-one weekly coaching. one hour sessions for 3 months

Personalized Coaching Programs

Yes

Blog

No

Podcast

No

Age Range

Ages 11-24

Price

$1,800 total ($150/hr for 3 months of weekly coaching)

Payment Options

Pay $1,800 upfront or $600/month

Gender of Students

Female students only

Topic Covered

Self-esteem, self-confidence, stress, anxiety, coping, friendships, relationships, self-identity, self-worth, depression, body image issues, negative thought patterns and behaviors, family dynamic, parent relationships, substance abuse, self-harm, gender identity, school transitions, focus, motivation, productivity, academic success, college/career prepping

What To Do With All This Information?

Now that you’ve done some research and seen what programs are available for mentorship and life coaching, hopefully, you have a better idea about what would fit your specific needs and wants. Although there are many options available, Positive Presence and its staff are dedicated to helping you and your family find long-term solutions – even if that’s not with us.

Fill out this form and one of our trained representatives can help answer any questions you have about getting started with a mentor-coach program.

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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.

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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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