The Teen Life Coach
Thoughtful podcast aims to support teens' mental health.
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The parents' guide to what's in this podcast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Teen Life Coach is a podcast about topics that generally impact teens as they navigate high school and prepare for college. Host Sami Halvorsen is a Certified Life Coach who routinely works 1:1 with clients and their families outside the show. She welcomes guests to share their experiences with and expertise in areas like stress, anxiety, depression, and more. Topics range from lighter (dating, homework, developing healthy friendships) to more serious (suicide, self-harm, etc.); some may be sensitive for young listeners depending on their circumstances and experiences. The show's website links to Halvorsen's specific services and fees.
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What’s It About?
THE TEEN LIFE COACH aims to support teens, especially teen girls, in developing self-confidence and techniques for managing anxiety. Episode topics include handling family conflict, strategies for teen dating, tools for completing homework, developing healthy friendships, understanding depression, and more. Guests are invited on to tell their personal stories. For example, Monique Hear, who's featured in the documentary Tell My Story, shares her journey as a teen who struggled with anxiety and depression, resulting in an attempted suicide.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast can be a great tool to prompt dialogue between adults and teens about challenging topics, feelings, and situations. Although the show is targeted specifically at teenage girls, many of the topics are relevant across genders, as well as possibly for older tweens.
The show includes miniseries that take deeper dives into complex subjects. For example, one focuses on social media, with episode sub-topics like rejection, self-confidence, FOMO (fear of missing out), and self-control. And many episodes have timely topics/themes, like sharing ideas to address the negative social impacts of COVID and handling stress during the holiday season.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about anxiety. What are some signs that you're experiencing anxiety? What are some strategies to help cope with it?
What are some self-care strategies that help you when you feel anxious or stressed?
How would you describe a healthy friendship?
Are the topics addressed in The Teen Life Coach relatable? What other topics might you like to see the show discuss?
- Release date: April 11, 2019
- Genre: Mental Health & Wellness
- Average Run Time: 20 minutes
- Website: https://knowingup.com/
- Host: Sami Halvorsen
- Publisher: Independent
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: High School
- Last updated: May 31, 2022
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