Certified Family, Parent, and Teen Life Coach
Credentials and Qualifications
- Over 15 years of coaching and teaching experience
- Certified Family, Parent, and Teen Coach through Academy for Family Coach Training
- Certified Teen Wisdom Inc. Life Coach
- Master’s in Education, with special focus on Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
- Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, minor in Child Development
- Credentialed Teacher, with over ten years of experience
- Featured author in Balanced Mom Magazine, Zen Mom, and Kids Helping Kids book series.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to working with young people. From volunteering at youth shelters to teaching both locally and internationally, and now offering a unique blend of coaching and teaching to girls and parents. Helping raise wise, motivated, and empowered young people is my passion and purpose.
During my years teaching in various school settings, girls would often confide in me, sharing their struggles with self-esteem, body image, friendships, family dynamics, and school. They were afraid to turn to their parents for fear of being misunderstood and didn’t want to turn to their friends for fear of being gossiped about. They felt alone and unsure. I did my best to guide and advise, but always felt restricted by time and curriculum. I wanted to do more to help them understand themselves and feel confident in handling the unique challenges they were facing.
Shortly after writing my master’s thesis on relational aggression, which included a curriculum to teach girls about building their emotional intelligence and handling social challenges, I heard about a career called Teen Life Coaching. It was described as a field devoted to self-discovery, action, and accountability. A profession that focuses on building personal strengths, setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately moving forward with confidence and intention. I thought this is it!
In 2012, I took a risk. I left my full-time teaching job, became a certified Teen Wisdom Life Coach, and started my teen coaching practice. During my first year of coaching teens, I became acutely aware that parents were also struggling. They were exhausted, frustrated, and extremely worried that their daughter might go down the wrong path. Their parent lens clouded their ability to fully understand what their daughter was going through and reach her in a meaningful way. Similar to their daughters, parents needed new tools and fresh perspective. I added a parent coaching component to my teen coaching programs and noticed that when parents took a different approach, they experienced positive change in their relationship with their teen and supported their teen’s personal growth.
Coaching parents and girls is my calling. I am honored to be able to provide girls with a safe, judgment-free environment where they can uncover their core values, identify their unique strengths, and fulfill their greatest potential. It is an additional honor to provide parents with an outside perspective, realistic solutions, and new practices that lead to fewer battles, less frustration, better communication, deeper respect, and trust. Ultimately, creating more ease and enjoyment during the teen years.
Erica has been described as:
A coach with an uplifting, positive attitude who can make every girl feel special.
Someone with a warm and inviting energy that kids really connect to.
Very calming and sweet, and very knowledgeable.
A wonderful teacher who understand girls and how to relate to them.
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