Empowering youth with tools, skills and self-knowledge

I work with teens and young adults in a range of topics and capacities. From helping a high school student make a deliberate choice about college to helping a young adult determine their career or educational path, the possibilities are powerful.


Program Details

High School Juniors & Seniors

You University

Know yourself before you show yourself – the art and science of selecting and applying to colleges based on strong self-knowledge.

In today’s challenging college application scene, it’s critical to know what you want and who you are so you can direct your search with intention.

The clearer you are about what you want in a college or university and what’s important to you, the easier it will be to go after it. Identify the qualities that are essential for your academic and personal satisfaction, then look for a school which can offer you those qualities.

The clearer you are about who you are, the better you will be able to articulate what you have to offer each school. You’ll know your brand of uniqueness and will be able to articulate that uniqueness in your essays and interviews.

With this coaching approach to the college selection and application process, you’ll be majoring in YOU. You’ve spent many years learning about subjects outside of yourself. Let’s invest the time NOW to learn more about you.

Working one-on-one with Gina, you’ll understand the following:

  • Your Strengths
  • Your Aptitudes
  • Your Interests
  • Your Values
  • Your Mission
  • Your fabulous uniqueness

Once you “graduate” from You U,

You’ll know EXACTLY what to look for in your ideal school or program

And you’ll stand out from the crowd as your essays and interviews have richness and depth!

From Fitting-in to Standing Out
Since middle school, many high school students have worked very hard to fit in. Suddenly, on their college applications, they need to stand out. Recognizing and articulating who they are
and what makes them unique can be challenging for a teen.

You University is designed to address that challenge.

Part 1 – Self Knowledge – moving from “What I like” to “Who I am”

The first part of the program helps students understand themselves.

What’s important to them, what makes them tick, their strengths, aptitudes, interests and passions, what they stand for and what they believe in.

The self-knowledge helps students identify schools that are a match for their values, learning styles and interests.

This self-awareness also helps students make their unique presence felt in their college essays and interviews.

Bringing it all together
The final step is to help your teen take their new self-knowledge and develop their “story” – an articulation of what makes them interesting and unique. We can also add sessions to bring that “Story” to life in their college essays and interviews.

Part 2 – Managing the application process

The second part of this program introduces your teen to essential tools and techniques to make the application process manageable.
Junior and Senior year can be a stressful time. There are an immense number of tasks that need to be accomplished – and each task is huge in itself. From preparing and taking the board tests, keeping grades up, involvement in extracurricular activities and college visits – it’s a busy time. Friends and classmates will be absorbed, maybe even obsessed, with talking about it all. It is easy to become sucked into the emotions and drama. Competitive natures can bristle – even among the best of friends. My objective is to give your teen the tools and skills to manage that pressure.

The skills learned through this portion of the program will serve your child for life.

We’ll cover topics such as:

Setting Goals and Motivation

  • College App Wheel of Life: A useful tool to evaluate your level of satisfaction with several aspects of the college application process and the foundation for exercises ahead.
  • Setting non-stressful goals
  • Mechanics of Motivation: Learn how to use your motivation style to your advantage to keep moving forward and effectively manage stress.

Busting Limiting Beliefs and Recipe for Success

  • Limiting Beliefs: Discover beliefs that you have about yourself or a task that are holding you back as you apply to schools.
  • Recipe for Success: Learn how to apply the pattern of success from one area of your life to the subject of the college application.

Assumptions and Perspectives

  • Assumptions: Learn tools to more effectively replace negative assumptions with useful and helpful assumptions.
  • Perspectives: The ability to choose a helpful mindset is one of the most powerful and useful skills a person can have.

Inner Critic and Future-Self

  • Inner Critic: The inner-critic is negative self-talk. You will learn how to identify an inner-critic and use tools to overcome its negative message.
  • Future Self: A powerful exercise that leads to more clarity and motivation.

Step 3 – Preparing for College Fairs, Visits and Interviews

I can also work with your teen to help them make the most of college fairs and college visits. Schools market themselves very well. Helping your teen be a detective and look for clues about the “fit” for each school is the focus of this work.

Next steps
If you’re interested in learning more, let’s set up a phone chat or schedule a time to meet at a local coffee shop. After that conversation, I will meet with your son or daughter to get to know them, answer their questions and determine if we are a good match.

Price of coaching:
If meeting in my Lincoln home office:
$150 per session or a package of 10 sessions for $1350

If I am meeting you in a location closer to your home/school in the Boston Metro West area a travel fee will apply.

Give me a call today to get started!


College Graduates

Graduate You

Finding that first (or second or third) job

Whether you are about to graduate from college or have been in the workforce for a couple of years and are thinking about your next steps, this coaching can help you understand the type of work or program that’s right for you.

We’ll inventory your strengths, skills and aptitudes
Determine the kind of environment and people you like to work with
Discover your values
Add your interests and passions

  • You will get clear on who you are at your core. We’ll identify your values, strengths, aptitudes, skills and interests.
  • We’ll identify your wants and needs for work, the environment and the type of people that you would love to be in and with.
  • You will determine what jobs are available that line up with who you are.
  • You will learn to speak about yourself in a clear and compelling way.
  • We will clear out limiting beliefs that might be holding you back.
  • You will practice for interviews so you are confident and comfortable.

Price of coaching:
If meeting in my Lincoln home office:
$150 per session or a package of 10 sessions for $1350

If I am meeting you in a location closer to your home/school in the Boston Metro West area: a travel fee will apply.

High School Students

Academic Life Coaching

Developing direction, confidence and leadership

The Academic Life Coaching Program is a unique offering providing a structured coaching approach that works well for high school and younger college students. The program consists of ten one-on-one sessions that are individually tailored for your teen. We meet weekly or every other week. Working together over 3-4 months allows old habits to be broken and newer, more empowering patterns to become more natural.

The program has three major focuses:

  • Foundation for Academic Success
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Leadership

Foundation for Academic Success
Answering the Questions:

  • How do I learn and think? (And how can I study more effectively?)
  • How am I motivated? (And how can I stay motivated?)
  • What is my relationship with failure? (And how can I get comfortable stretching myself?)


  • Understanding your student’s unique learning and thinking styles
  • Exercises and practices that can make learning and studying more effective
  • Three styles of motivation
  • Making goals non-stressful and sustainable
  • Organizational systems

Answering the Questions:

  • What do I avoid? (And what are the implications?)
  • What are my values? (And how do they help me?)
  • What is my recipe for success? (And where else in my life can I use it?)
  • What are my assumptions, beliefs and perspectives? (And how can changing them be incredibly powerful?)
  • How am I holding myself back? (And what does that cost me?)


  • Discovering values and aligning them with action
  • Identifying and changing limiting beliefs and assumptions
  • Recognizing and changing habits and patterns
  • Neutralizing the inner-critic
  • Exploring and choosing empowering perspectives

Personal Leadership
Answering the Questions:

  • How can I communicate more effectively? (And become a better listener?)
  • How can I improve my relationships? (And become more empathetic?)
  • How can I recover faster from setbacks? (And how am I resilient?)
  • What is my unique brand of leadership? (And how can I try it out?)


  • Developing empathy
  • Practicing powerful communication skills
  • Exploring a vision of the future self
  • Building effective mission statement
  • Designing a personal leadership brand and project
  • Developing resilience

Pricing of the Academic Life Coaching program:

The following is included in the package:

  • Ten one-on-one individually tailored sessions
  • Academic Life Coaching Workbook
  • Communications after and between sessions

If meeting in my Lincoln home office/SKYPE/ZOOM/phone:
$1350 or three payments of $500

If I travel to meet your student at a coffee shop or public library in the Boston MetroWest area a travel fee will apply.

Interested in coaching for your teen, but not sure if the Academic Life Coaching Program is the right fit? Please contact me to discuss further.

Let Me Help
Phone: 781.258.9085
Email: Gina@ginahalsted.com