Published: 23rd August 2020
Teen coach Abhilasha Nagori has finally launched her dream project to counsel children online
The coach also offers to teach kids techniques on how to manage time, boost their self-regard and morale, learn to visualise and work on their strategies and understanding their strengths
It's been over a decade since Abhilasha Nagori has been counselling tweens and teens, but it was just about two months ago that she decided to put a name to her practice, calling it RebootReflectResonate or simple, Re. Giving us context as to why there was a delay, the 44-year-old says, "I had my two daughters and I wanted to give them my time. And I wanted to launch my project properly only when I was sure." And to gear up to launch her dream project, she pursued a bunch of online courses, like a Diploma in Counselling from Asian College of Teachers and a Life Coach certification from Transformation Academy, UK. This helped her strengthen her already strong techniques.
She pursued her BEd from the University of Calcutta and started by conducting poetry and theatre sessions for children to enhance their pubic speaking skills and so on
The Hyderabad-based mentor has counselled over 80 children prior to Re and since its recent formal inception, has couselled over seven to eight children. But what is it that she does that really makes her click? It starts with a simple Google Form followed by an open conversation before she uses her well-honed theatre skills to draw them out further. "We used to perform several nukkad nataks that are translating well virtually as well, now that we are performing it on Zoom," says the Kolkata-born. But it's not just about performing arts, any medium that the child is comfortable with is used to draw them out. For example, she gives the children a situation and they are supposed to write about it, thus helping her to get to know about their thought process. Then, she uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques while talking to the children. You see, for Abhilasha, everything depends on the child and what works best for them. "Over the years, I have worked on this curriculum to help develop children as per their needs and help them create their own niche," says the counsellor who has also helped both her daughters become kidpreneurs.
Her daughters are Pragya and Mridu Nagori who spread awareness about the environment through their initiative, Oorja
But it's not just counselling that the ParenTeen coach offers, she also helps with organising and designing their goal plan, explore and unlock their potential, and even digital detox. "Emotional intelligence is an integral part of my curriculum, which will help all the millennials really understand what's in front of them and apply their skills to deal with it positively," she explains. As a last pearl of wisdom, the coach, who came to Hyderabad about 21 years, leaves us with one food for thought. "It is not just about worrying about academics, we must focus on developing the child's own personality too."
Two instances where she helps:
- A boy whose parents were highly socially active put the pressure on him to be the same and it turned him silent. After classes with her, he even went on to direct his own play
- A girl who was made pregnant by her own relative saw a significant drop in her academic courses. She wouldn't talk but Nagori helped draw her out
For more on her, check out instagram.com/rebootreflectresonate