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Life Coaching SD

Life Coaching and Academic Counseling
Something Different
     for Teens, Young Adults and their Families

I can’t thank Matt enough for his help over the past few years. Taking AP classes can be really challenging but Matt is able to explain the material in a way that is easy to understand and interesting! Always look forward to learning new material with him!

-Nicole M.

Thank you so much for helping H. I know your advice and guidance will see him through!

-Jennifer G.

I want to thank you for all your support with T.  I also want to thank you for the detailed updates you share with us. I know there is quite a bit of time, energy and effort that goes into it, so thank you.

-Kymberly N.

Life Coaching SD



With over 10 years of experience in education and mentoring for teens and young adults I provide  services to support your child through the difficult process of growing up. If your child exhibits concerning behavior, struggles socially, needs a strong male role model or guidance in their life, or if your family needs academic support, allow me to provide my services and expertise.


What is Life Coaching?

Life Coaching is not therapy, it is the process of working with teens and young adults to help them realize their full personal potential by setting goals and strategizing ways to best achieve them. Life Coaching can focus on a variety of topics including social challenges, healthy relationships, positive lifestyle choices, academic and career goals, life skills and much more. 

How does the process work?

My approach to Life Coaching is based on a sense of strong mutual trust between coach and client. I am always open and honest with the teens and young adults I work with and I encourage them to be completely open and honest with me. My goal is to have them see me as a mentor  they can speak to, trust and confide in. From there our work can begin as we collaboratively strategize, problem-solve and tackle the challenges they face in their daily life.


​What else do I need to know?

The process begins with a free 30 minute parent consultation to help determine the specific needs and goals you have for your child. My services focus on two main areas, coaching teens and young adults through the challenges of growing up and providing academic and educational support for clients and their families, including IEP/504 review, school placement assistance, career counseling and academic tutoring. Additionally, I offer links to specialized educational and mental health services nationwide, from neurological testing to education attorneys and treatment centers. For a more detailed description of the services offered, see the Services tab above. 

Each standard session with a teen or young adult lasts one hour and includes an additional 20 minute post-session follow-up with parents to review your child’s progress and discuss recommendations. For the best results weekly sessions are recommended, and longer individual sessions and parent follow-ups are available upon request. Video chat and phone sessions are available for clients across the globe.


Speaking Engagements

Interested in having me speak to your school, student-body, parents, or organization? Reach out to me on the Contact Page to find out more. 


How do I get started?

Click the Contact tab at the top of the page to send me a personal message. You can expect a response within one business day.

Curious to hear more about me and my work?

Listen to this *excellent* interview with fellow teen mentor Cai Graham, as we discuss the many challenges teens face in the modern world, from Covid to communication to mental health awareness, and what parents can do to be better equipped to help and support their teens.

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Click here to listen to my interview with Gabriele Nicolet, the founder of Speech Kids, as we discuss the challenges teens face and some helpful, practical solutions that parents and teens can try.


When Matt told me about his coaching business, I was excited, because I knew he would be great at it, and that my son could really use his help...   Matt helps him set goals and talk through how to achieve them and how to regroup when things don’t go as well as hoped. He helps him think through problems and helps keep him focused when things get cloudy. I would recommend Matt to anyone who’ll listen!

-Jane G.

We have noticed nothing but steady upward progress since Matt began mentoring our son. The transition from 8th to 9th was difficult both academically and emotionally. A friend recommended Matt to us and I’m so happy and grateful we met Matt and scheduled a meeting. Our son liked Matt immediately and began weekly sessions... His grades are up and his head is in a great place. He’s making friends and attempting to be more social... Hiring Matt has been the most successful support for our son and the family recommends him wholeheartedly!

-Brenda G.

I know you're paid to do it, but I really appreciate all your help. I know that part of it is business but you and me have known each other a long time and I know part of it is also that we have good rapport and you have an innate desire to help and teach, so thanks. I’m glad we’ve known each other this long and I’m happy for your help. 

- C. W.

I was honored to be interviewed by Wendy Vaughan for her entrepreneur-focused podcast, where we spent time exploring the work I do, my journey in getting there, and some useful tips that may help you or your family immediately. Take a listen!

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The Educator Podcast: Featuring three unique series - Perspectives in Education, How To, and Walking History - presented by Matt Douglas, longtime educator and life coach for teens and young adults.

Listen, share and subscribe!

It is never too early to get the assistance your child and family need. Initial consultations are always free of charge. I look forward to hearing from you!

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