Looking for a youth life coach? We have two options. Sign up through YCI directly and work with a highly qualified coach currently supervised by Dr. Leah B. Mazzola or connect with an external coach from our directory. Either way, you’re working with a coach trained and certified by YCI to apply evidence-based coaching for youth.
For coaching directly through YCI, click the Life Coaching option from the top menu.
Here’s a handful of our certified coaches for outside support. Just click the link in their profile for a redirect to their coaching website for more about their services. All offer services virtually, internationally. Some offer in-person sessions for those local to their areas.
This directory is a work in progress. We’re currently in the process of compiling and adding our alumni coaches with availability for new clients. We appreciate your patience as we expand it.
Davida I. Arnold, BCC
As a life coach, I help youth and adults to achieve the goals, solve the problems, and make the changes they have not been able to do on their own. I am a Board Certified Coach (BCC), and I also have a Master of Science degree in pastoral counseling. In addition to being a coach, I am a wife and a mother of four children. My home base is in Ohio, but I coach clients virtually worldwide. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Jennifer Watson, EdD
I help teens and young adults overcome their struggles by giving them the tools and strategies to dig deep and discover who they are, what they love and where they want to go. Together, we identify and nurture their sparks – those skills, talents, pursuits, and interests that they find deeply motivating and enjoyable – and turn those sparks into a meaningful, fulfilling life path. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Cyndy Etler, MEd, ACC
I use evidence-based strategies to help young people figure out what they most want, what’s blocking them, and how they can slay the blocks and create their dream life.
Many adults want to help teens, but don’t know how. With my teen coaching, kids feel heard and understood…and excited about creating positive change. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Richelle B. White, PhD
Richelle is the founder of Cutting Edge Conversations, LLC, a coaching, mentoring, writing, consulting and teaching services company that helps, supports, equips and empowers people in their journey toward human flourishing. For more than 30 years, Richelle has served and walked alongside youth and young adults as an educator and minister. She is passionate about helping others discover their identity and purpose and become the best version of themselves.
Phil Black is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, and the Founder of The Manhood Project (TMP). The Manhood Project is a coaching and personal development program designed to maximize the positive qualities of young men, while minimizing their temptations to engage in at-risk behavior. The program focuses on character building, development of communication skills, and personal exploration. Learn more about Phil’s work here.
Erin M. Gallagher, PhD
I am a certified Youth Life Coach and the founder of The Mettle Workshop, a space for young people and emerging adults to build resilience, positive coping mechanisms, academic management skills and a deeper sense of self. I am also a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Coach, so we can work on stress and anxiety reduction. A former teacher, I have worked with young people for over 18 years. I am excited to connect with you and get started. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Margrita van der Hoek, ACC
I offer in-person sessions at my practice in Ajijic, Mexico and virtual sessions through Zoom.
I am a trilingual (Spanish, English and Dutch) life coach for adults and teens. I also apply tests and offer career choice coaching for high school students.
As an ICF certified coach, I am excited to embark on an evidence-based coaching adventure with my clients. It makes me happy to support people in finding their uniqueness and in experiencing plenitude in what they do and in the life they live. One little step at a time. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Liezel Lane, MS, ACC
I specialize in coaching teens, millennials and parents in life, school and careers. My professional experience includes 15 years in corporate organizations in Learning & Development, Executive Coaching and Human Resources and 10 years as the founder and Executive Director
of a 501(c)3 non-profit called Atlanta S.E.E.Ds Inc. (Self-Esteem Empowerment and Education through Dance) where I mentor, coach and help youth expand into their future in a safe and judgment free after school program. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Coach and founder of Rap City Group; a private coaching and consulting practice along with a youth services nonprofit. Davina has spent the last 12 years in retail, finding success in managing customer relations, training and coaching employees within diverse industries to enhance comprehensive, quality services. She now helps clients gain awareness and clarification around specific obstacles in order to set impactful goals and act. She specializes in life, career and academic coaching. Learn more at my coaching website here.
I help young people with ongoing health problems transition into college, the workplace, and adult life. Through coaching, my clients develop strategies to find answers to their health mysteries, manage flare-ups with less suffering, finish school, find and keep a job, live more independently, make friends and date with confidence, and actually enjoy life. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Tiffany McGahee, MSW
As a Teen Coach, Tiffany is authentic and comes from a place of compassion in her approach with Teens. She provides a warm and safe space where partnering with your teen to identify their own strength, set & achieve goals, learn new tools to eliminate negative thinking, improve communication, and above all acceptance in order to reach their full potential. Tiffany received her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of South Florida. After moving to Atlanta, she earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Learn more at my coaching website here.
In my practice, Wild Spirit Coaching, I support young adults age 18-30 move toward thriving in independence. We tackle topics like managing anxiety and strong emotions, identifying core values, creating a life vision, gaining essential life skills, and job/education exploration, among others. Sessions take place online or in-person in the Portland, Oregon area. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Jeremy Wilson, MS, ACC
As a certified coach (MS, BA, CYLC, CYMC) I help people who would like to transform their lives. I work with youth (16+) and adults, specializing in helping those with Asperger’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). As a parent of a young man with Asperger’s I am aware of the challenges that go with non-neurotypical brain chemistry, but also know the benefits, and there are many. Not only a path to success, my coaching leads to self-acceptance and understanding — and enables you to leverage past experiences to your benefit. Learn more here.
Cat Smith, MA Ed, BCC
In a world full of competing pressures and expectations, it can be difficult to know who you are, what you want, and what’s getting in the way of your success. As a Board Certified Coach, I utilize an evidence-based approach that illuminates individual strengths and resources and is action-based. We are all capable of overcoming limiting beliefs and self-defeating behavior. Sometimes we just need a little help envisioning the path forward and then taking the necessary steps. Learn more here.
Amy Lombardo, MS Ed
As a certified life coach, I specialize in working with teenagers and young adults facing a wide range of challenges spanning from everyday life to sensitive topics. Everyone should be able to follow their dreams and be able to express themselves.
I hold a Master’s Degree in School Counseling, with more than ten years of experience working with a diverse, high school student population. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. Learn more about my coaching website here.
Linda Conway Hensley, MEd
I am a practicing school psychologist and coach with over 20 years in the education and mental wellness fields. My passion is working with teens and young adults (16+) as they strive towards the life they dream of as well as supporting parents in their parenting journey. I am uniquely qualified to provide youth and young adult coaching, academic coaching, parent coaching and educational advocacy support. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Lillian Powell, MA, ACC
I am a certified life coach and human behaviorist who is at a stage in life to be able to give back to the next generations by providing the tools, strategy & unconditional support to help people create meaningful changes within their lives.
In the corporate world for many decades and the past 5-6 years as a substitute teacher & school counselor, I have plenty of insight into the many struggles adolescents, young adults & seniors face in trying to navigate life, school and careers. Learn more here.
Crystal Drayton, MA
Coach Crystal is a passionate and innovative Youth Life Coach who is dedicated to partnering with youths and young adults (ages 14-24). I am committed to helping them gain the clarity, focus and direction that is needed to overcome obstacles and keep moving forward. I believe that everyone holds the answers to their own questions within them and I am eager to help my clients discover the possibilities.
I also hold a Master’s Degree in Child Advocacy and Policy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Learn more here.
Dina Scippa, MA
Dina is passionate about working with adolescent girls to develop skills to help them feel like their most confident selves. She provides a safe space for girls to own their strengths, set and achieve goals, eliminate negative self-talk, and above all, embrace the fundamental belief that they are enough.
Dina received her Bachelor’s in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC and a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the University of London. Learn more here.
I have been a trusted resource for parents to find help for their teens and young adults wanting a resource they can confide in. After being a teacher for over 32 years, I had a calling to take my passion directly to those who need it most. There are too many solutions out there that rely on over therapizing young people. I believe those individuals have the answer within and just need someone to guide them.
My life coaching centers around recognizing the true challenges being faced, validating those same challenges to help understand and then offering guidance to allow the problem to be solved. Learn more here.
I am a certified youth coach and certified teacher. As an educator, I have a student-centered approach and foster cre8tivity in learning. I love working with and supporting youth along their personal and academic journey.
As a pre-teen, teenager and young adult I went through my own set of personal and academic obstacles, challenges and failures. That journey led me to finding my own spark. I have a YOU centered approach. I am here to listen to YOU, while you are the expert in your own journey. Only you have the answer and as a coach I am here to partner up with you and support you in unfolding the spark inside of you. Learn more here.
I am an experienced entrepreneur, community volunteer, ICF certified entrepreneurship coach and community builder. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives. My role is to support their unique entrepreneurship journeys through active listening, powerful questions, brainstorming, and resource sharing. I am the Founder of Her Initiative Co. – a social enterprise dedicated to making self employment more accessible to women by providing ICF certified business coaching, funding opportunities, education and an inclusive community. Learn more here.
Derneeka Cruse, MBA
“So many years of education, yet nobody ever taught us how to love and care for ourselves and why it is so important.” Derneeka is a mother, educator, yoga and meditation teacher, life coach for mothers, daughters and educators, and an intuitive medium. Derneeka’s life journey, specifically, her mothering journey has lead her to help mothers and daughters of color. Derneeka works with mothers and daughters to help them discover their unique selves outside and within their relationship so that together, they can create a new path for all the generations that will come after them. Learn more here.
Two to four million adults in the U.S. live on the autism spectrum. Over 500,000 teens join them every decade. These individuals have some of the highest potential of any in our society. Too often, that potential is limited by challenges that can be managed with adequate support. More support is needed. I created “CReW” (Creative, Resourceful and Whole) to help teens and adults with autism live WELL on the spectrum and reach their full potential. CReW provides training, coaching and resources to teens and adults on the spectrum and their families. Learn more here.
Keisha Pettijohn, MA, CDCA
Keisha Pettijohn is all about client-centered coaching. She has an innate ability to connect with her clients and leave them feeling empowered and encouraged. The goals of coaching are very specific to the client and she is excited to watch her clients achieve success, develop resilience, and excel in all areas of their lives. She’s an experienced professional with over 10 years experience in behavioral health. She’s currently a substance abuse counselor, college professor, author, business owner, and sociologist. She offers general life coaching, academic coaching, emotional wellness coaching, and parent coaching. Learn more here.
I work with teens/preteens, families and schools from all backgrounds on different development areas relating to relationships, boundaries, peer pressure, anger management, procrastination, social and career goals. I also coach students preparing for university, applications, career decisions, internships and leadership. Learn more at my coaching website here.
Rahul Shah, MA, ACC
I support parents, teenagers, and adults through life transition, career, mindset, and leadership development coaching. My aim is to transform a state of helplessness to a state of control, a state of confusion to a state of clarity, and a state of ignorance to a state of knowledge. I have 22 years of corporate experience in coaching, facilitation, and conducting leadership interventions internationally. I have my MA in Psychology and am a certified youth coach and mentor. Learn more here.
Joy Robinson, ACC
For over ten years, Joy has worked closely with teen girls, young women, and moms to help them learn, grow, and thrive. As a certified coach, Joy combines listening and empathy with straight talk and accountability for a dynamic coaching experience that will move you forward into the life you truly want to live.
Joy lives in Los Angeles and works with clients across the globe via Zoom. Learn more here.
Since childhood I have loved listening and caring for others. It was this passion that led me to earn my AS & BS in Psychology and ultimately train with YCI to become a Certified Youth Life Coach.
As a Coach, I utilize evidence based practices to help my clients visualize their true self, define their needs and core values, and move beyond the outdated personal scripts and unhelpful thoughts that keep them from reaching their full potential. Learn more here.
I work with teens/preteens, and families from all backgrounds, especially in the inner-city context. I focus on different development areas relating to relationships, boundaries, peer pressure, emotional vocabulary, procrastination, social and career goals. I also specialize in the areas of managing anxiety and stress, coping skills for ADHD diagnosis, personal core values, and life vision/identity. I have experience and a deep passion to see teens succeed and have the tools they need to navigate life. I am available for online sessions or in-person in the San Francisco, Bay Area.
Brigid Howard, MS
As a counselor for many years, I have helped teens and adults of all abilities and difference work through barriers to reach their goals. I offer services to best assist the needs of individuals who want to move forward, discover themselves, and reach
I am a Certified Youth Coach, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Education. Learn more here.
I am a trauma survivor, teenage bride, recovered alcoholic, welfare recipient and I thrive with a chronic illness. That was my #Hard.
I am also a sober wife, mother, social entrepreneur, counselor, life coach, spiritual guide, author and speaker. This is my #Beauty. I’ve had my share of breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs…I did my work.
I put my life back together piece by piece and I am here to help you do your work. Learn more here.
My motto: “Do the best with what God’s given you.” I started Life Coaching because I believe every person has value and a purpose. As a Certified Youth Resilience Coach and licensed special education teacher, I specialize in coaching teens and young adults who need support with: executive dysfunction (time management and organization), ADHD/ADD, autism/ASD and social anxiety. Learn more here.
I am a Life and Social Skills coach who helps young people, ages 13-30, define their core values and build resilience to live a more confident and fulfilling life, personally and professionally. As a mother of two adult children and youth leader for over 14 years, I am passionate about helping our young people become the best version of themselves. Learn more here.
As the daughter of a psychologist, I grew up absorbing analytical guidance about improving myself and others. Taking a proactive stance in approaching life is not only a belief I hold true, but a way of life I help others manifest. I specialize in self compassion and life skills coaching for teens and young adults because empowering adolescents at this critical developmental stage opens hearts and fundamentally changes lives. Learn more here.
Benita Cleveland, MEd
As a retired high school counselor and youth mentor at my church, I have worked with disadvantaged and at-risk teens for over 20 years. I meet your teen where they are at that moment. I gain their trust by building a relationship with them. Once the relationship is established the child knows without a doubt that I care for them. I have learned that children will perform at their best potential when they know the expectation of their ‘fans’. Learn more here.
Shellie Slack, MEd
Shellie Slack is a committed educator, youth advocate, mentor, youth and parent life coach who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Shellie has conquered challenges related to losses in her childhood and struggled with abandonment issues, depression, and self-esteem issues. Now, she uses her childhood struggles as a driving force to continue writing and creating personal development books that serve as a resource and tool to help others with self-awareness, self-discovery and mastery of self-perception. Learn more here.
As a certified Youth Resilience Coach I use proven strategies and tools to help young people make good choices in their lives that have a strong impact on how they feel and act in today’s world.
As a Mom to a teen, I see first-hand the struggles that teenagers face these days and can relate to them in a way that they feel encouraged, understood and motivated to make positive changes. Learn more here.
Michelle Mckoy, coach and founder of Discovering (Me). Michelle has over 10 years of experience. Her mission through coaching is to inspire, encourage and motivate; to aid Youth and Young adults to live life to their fullest potential, by helping to identify and focus on the things that are important to them and assisting with accelerating success. Learn more here.
I provide Life Coaching for youth (14+) who may be struggling with relationships, school, decision making or any number of challenges in an unbiased environment with managed conversations that allows clients to explore their strengths and goals to develop solutions.
I have a technical background and a professional career but my passion continues with youth development and well-being. I have a Masters Certificate in Youth Development and Certification in Youth Coaching. Learn more here.
Christine Lively, MEd
I’ve worked with teens as a teacher in middle school, in high school, a high school librarian, and now as a life coach. The reason for my commitment to teens is simple – I really like them, and teens need fans. My passion for coaching comes from knowing that teens have too many people giving them advice and telling them what to do, and what they really need is someone to listen fully and without judgment while they find their way to the solutions and changes they can make to pursue their passions and goals. Learn more here.