Prepare your teen for a life of success and fulfillment
with Ultimate Resilience.
Will your teen be ready for the ‘real’ world?
The transition into young adulthood is an exciting but challenging time of life, especially for teens dealing with depression and anxiety. These challenges can be debilitating with real consequences. It is not uncommon for even the brightest teens to feel lost or overwhelmed during this phase, which can lead them to feel like their emotions are out of control, struggle to connect with their friends and family, lose focus and motivation, withdraw into their rooms, social media or video games, and feel as if no one understands them. For some teens, even the smallest challenge can be a trigger. But whatever difficulty your teen may be experiencing, there is hope.
Give them the best chance of flourishing by investing in their resilience.
It’s the peak age when most mental health disorders arise. It’s also one of the most important times to begin building resilience.
“Mental health is the biggest threat in 2021” – SA Society of Psychiatrists
• 75% of mental health conditions start by age 20, most undetected and untreated.
• 9% of all teen deaths are caused by suicide. It’s the third leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-olds globally.
• Since our first Covid-19 lockdown, 52% of South Africans have reported being depressed.
• 20% of teens aged 13–18 years live with a mental health condition.
“Now is the most important time to focus on teen mental health.” – Discovery SA
The teen years are an important time for achieving human potential and Covid-19 has made the challenges these already difficult years carry, even harder. Our teens need more support and guidance to help them grow through the obstacles they face, instead of being stunted by them.
Resilience is our ability to rise above life’s obstacles and to bounce forward from adversity. The more resilient your teen is, the more they’re protected against stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction – even (and especially) if it’s genetic. The best part? Resilience is not just something we’re born with. It can be learnt.
According to research, the benefits of resilience are impactful
Clearer sense of purpose and meaning in life
Improved learning and academic performance
Improved immunity and vitality
Less anxiety & depression
Better stress management
More confidence and higher self-esteem
Greater satisfaction with life
Does this sound like your teen?
What Parents Have To Say About Us...
Flourish & Thrive's Ultimate Resilience Coaching Program For Teens
Rest easy knowing you’ve given your child the best head start to a secure and happy future
How does it work?
Our program draws on several techniques and exciting fields of psychology, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tools; evidence-based exercises from Dr Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology (the science of wellbeing); and the latest research in neuroscience to bolster your teen’s resilience and enhance their wellbeing. But perhaps the most important aspect is the quality of support, rapport and trust we work to cultivate with our young clients as we explore both their strengths and struggles. Acceptance and compassion are at the core of the work we do as we guide and encourage teens to step out of their comfort zones and develop coping mechanisms.
We focus on these core areas to help your teen:
1. 14 x 1.5 hour sessions
Our sessions are engaging and your teen will explore their inner world in a safe and confidential environment. Sessions are conducted via Zoom or in-person at our Wynberg office.
2. Ongoing support and mentorship
Throughout the duration of the program, we're here to help your teen overcome their challenges and step out of their comfort zone.
3. 14 x Parent emails delivered weekly
These accompany the sessions so that you can stay up to date with the concepts and language your teen is processing. We’ve had great feedback from other parents about these and we've seen client’s relationships with their parents really strengthen! See more about these below.
4. A power-packed workbook
Filled with evidence-based tools and strategies your teen can keep forever, delivered to your door.
5. A personalised resilience plan
And easy-to-implement daily practices going forward so that your teen can become unstoppable in their pursuit to live their best life.
6. 14 x Session summaries and weekly exercises or ‘Mission Objectives’
To help your teen apply their insights to their daily life so they can begin experiencing the benefits right away and setting themselves up for long-term, sustainable change.
7. 14 x Personalized motivational messages delivered weekly
Reminders to keep your teen focused, following up on their goals and overcoming any obstacles in their way.
8. Flourish & Thrive’s Weekly Design System
That will help your teen craft winning weeks to supercharge their studying productivity, fuel their focus and protect them from distractions so they can create the shortest path between where they are now and where they want to be.
Stay up-to-date every step of the way!
One of the key features that further separates us from other practitioners is our specially crafted Parent Gems.
Because we know that parents need support too, following each session, you will receive an in-depth PDF document packed with the key bits of knowledge, wisdom, strategies and exercises your child is learning about and implementing – whilst respecting their privacy.
It also contains research-backed ways in which you can support them on their resilience journey and better connect with them so you can both enjoy a healthier, more loving and stable relationship.
Why Flourish & Thrive?
Jessica Sjouerman & Matthew Furlonger
With us, your child is not just another client. We’ve struggled with many of the issues we see in our young clients so, for us, it’s personal. It’s taken us 10 long years of studying, discovering and testing different tools and strategies. Now, we want to provide our support and guidance and share everything we’ve learnt about building inner strength and resilience so your teen can go from struggle to strength.
Get in touch for more information
Frequently Asked Questions
In life, we’re all bound to face storms along the way. We can’t avoid these challenges and we can’t predict them all either. We can prepare for them though! And when it comes to our mental health and that of our loved ones, we’re all about prevention being better than cure. Research shows that as we develop in resilience some of the benefits we can expect include:
- Improved learning and academic performance
- Greater chance at leading a successful life
- Better stress management
- Improved immunity and longevity
- Lower rates of anxiety & depression
- Greater satisfaction with life
- More confidence and higher self-esteem
- Healthier relationships
- Increased motivation
- Sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Book a free Curiosity Call and begin the journey of setting your teen up for a thriving life of success and fulfillment!
We know that 13 weeks is a big time investment but we want you to get the absolute most from your investment and for your teen to take away every bit of goodness this program offers. After all, old stifling habits aren’t broken overnight and new empowering ones picked up the next day.
Over the duration of the course we’ll be walking alongside your teen while they integrate the tools, habits and lessons in each of the six pillars that make up Ultimate Resilience: self awareness, meaning and purpose, energy management, inner drive, flexible thinking and positive relationships. We coach them to put what they’ve learnt into practice and convert it into lived or experiential knowledge – a.k.a. wisdom.
Please note that we conduct a strict vetting process to ensure this program is suited for your teen.
- Ultimate Resilience requires active participation and full commitment. If your teen refuses to be a willing participant in the process, it will not work.
- We cannot work with teens who are not coachable. It doesn’t work when holding sessions online.
- Ultimate Resilience is not a substitute for clinical treatment. If your child is in serious need of proper treatment e.g. untreated eating disorder or drug addiction, recent suicide attempts and active self-harming, or shows serious defiance and opposition towards “authority” figures; we will not work with them without them first receiving the necessary professional care.
- This program is best suited for people above the age of 16 unless special arrangements are made. This will depend on your teen’s levels of interest, willingness and maturity. We’ve worked with tweens as young as 12 and seen some phenomenal results!
If you’re still not sure, book a free 30 min Curiosity Call with us, bring your teen along and we can discuss their challenges and frustrations and what it is they most want for themselves. From there you will know whether we’re a good fit for your teen or not.
The Curiosity Call is a friendly, no-strings-attached call so just get in touch with us. Otherwise, feel free to message us.
Our sessions are a safe space for your loved one. So, unless we believe there’s any cause for harm, our meetings are 100% confidential.
Because of COVID-19, the Ultimate Resilience Coaching Program is best conducted online. However, if you’d like to have face-to-face sessions we can make an arrangement.
Our intention to provide as much value as possible and honour the process of change in your teen is unquestionable. We put our all in ensuring they achieve the results they’re looking for but we unfortunately cannot guarantee them 100%.
This is a simple case of if they do the work; it will definitely work for them. However, we have no control over what they do outside our sessions, whether they show up to our sessions on time and whether they choose to do the work or not.
Building resilience is an active process and requires consistent long-term participation. If you are both committed to the process, you can expect to see tremendous results that will help them lead more successful, happier lives and benefit them all the way into their old age!