Meet our Coach

Joyce Sherry, PCC

My Philosophy of Coaching

Coaching helps clients cut through the whirling chaos of life to find clarity and action. The best coaching recognizes the client as creative, resourceful, and whole.

The coach brings                                                                                                                                            

Joyce Sherry

  • an open-minded, compassionate, and empathetic mind
  • a presence that is alive to each word and every nuance
  • broad knowledge of best practices in the service of the client

Coaching adolescents means being there for them, no matter what. I listen to my clients with unconditional positive regard, whole-heartedness, and deep attention, holding the space for them to bring their wisdom to bear.

I help adolescents to

  • develop a sense of agency, capability, and autonomy
  • build life skills including resilience, self-compassion, and self-advocacy
  • find purpose and meaning in their young lives

Coaching ≠ Therapy

Coaching is not the same as therapy. In fact, it's an entirely different approach. Coaching helps you to face challenges, discover options, and move beyond obstacles. It gives you time to focus on (re)creating and (re)inventing yourself so that you can see the results you're after! Coaching is not about looking into the past but about moving into the future. Your future.

Why Work With Me

Teenagers work with me because they know I love, respect, and have faith in them. When we talk together, I help them to see through the fog, to cut through confusion, and to find a clear way forward. Whether they’re debating college choices, pining for school-life balance, confused by relationship drama, feeling misunderstood by their parents, or encountering one of the many other challenges that arise in adolescence, the coaching I offer allows them to tap into their innate wisdom and good sense and find their way.

Parents work with me because—after over two decades as a coach at York School, the independent, co-ed high school in Monterey—I am deeply knowledgeable about and experienced in the emotionally charged, complex questions inherent in shepherding our teens into adulthood. Parents value my extensive schooling as a coach and my professional association with the International Coaching Federation. Parents know their children best, and I value working as part of a team in support of the family.

As a tween and teen, I went through some tough times. In middle school, I experienced the warmth and support of an extraordinary mentor, but in high school, after my father died unexpectedly, I was left completely to my own devices.

I recognized the difference a compassionate and whole-hearted coach can make during challenging times. I love being the person who holds the warm, safe harbor for my clients to find their way back to themselves. Once they’ve done that, they can do anything. 

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