Give your child a LIFELONG advantage
Equip them with the skills to effectively navigate life and succeed as an adult
CounterPunch Workshops For Teens
Group Workshops For Adolescents (11yrs+)
You know your child could be achieving more.
But for some reason, you just can't seem to get them motivated.
On top of that, you're trying your best to help them, but instead of listening to your words of advice, they:
- Give you the silent treatment
- Express random bursts of emotion
- Exhibit passive-aggressive behaviour
- Make snarky, sarcastic comments
- Seem to zone out while you're talking with them
- (Or sometimes, all of the above)
As a parent, it can be tough to deal with these kinds of behaviour. Sometimes impossible.
You love your child dearly, but end up feeling unheard and under-appreciated.
It's not your fault.
They're simply going through a period of rapid transformation and identification, and part of that is learning how to recognise, manage and express emotions in a healthy manner – skills that if teenagers don't learn, can affect the quality of their lives in adulthood.
Unfortunately, most schools don't equip your child with these 'life-skills' they need to get ahead – and that's where CounterPunch can help.
The CounterPunch program is the easiest way for your child to acquire these skills.
Who is it for?
Adolescents (11yrs +)
What happens during a session?
In this program, teenagers will gain an understanding of how they can switch from external to internal control and take charge of their own emotions. It is a mix of physical activity and discussion to understand how “emotion” works and learn strategies to connect, relate and communicate more effectively with themselves, their peers and the adults in their lives to reach their full potential.
How is it different?
CounterPunch Psychology is unique in that it uses physical activity as a medium of therapeutic intervention combined with a reality therapy / choice theory and performance psychology framework.
The CounterPunch program also aligns with school well-being policies and programs including
- Health and physical education year 7 & 8
- SACE Integrated Learning Stage 1 & 2
- Community studies
CounterPunch can also be delivered as an intensive two-day workshop training for parents, teachers, youth workers or service providers who want to learn the CounterPunch method for their own personal or professional well-being. Contact us for more details
Why Parents Send Their Children
Because you want your child to make the most of their opportunities in life.
Because you want them to have the very best education possible.
Because you want them to have every means at their disposal to live a happy, successful and rewarding life.
Because you want to enjoy a close, caring and loving relationship with your child for years to come.
Because you want your child to realize their full potential.
Because you never, ever want your child to say the words: "if only I'd known these things when I was younger"
“I love the evidence based nature of this program and the ease with which it can be built into student’s educational programs. The individual benefit for participants far exceeded my expectations. As a school, we have seen reduced suspensions, increased attendance, improved social and emotional wellbeing and improved interpersonal relationships both at home and at school. Counterpunch has become a core element of our school wide wellbeing program that has proven effective in all aspects of student’s lives”
Beth (School Psychologist)
“As a parent, I highly recommend CounterPunch. As an Army member, my son has had to change schools and peer groups regularly as we have moved from post to post. Meeting Mercedas came at a great time for my son. CounterPunch was a great boost for him and reinforced his respect for self and others. His fitness, strength and self-confidence grew weekly and this transferred into other areas in his life. My son accredits CounterPunch with having set him up for his current school and sporting endeavours and life in general”
The Program Curriculum
Phase #1 – Stepping Into The Ring
- Learn the basics of physical preparation, physiology and Boxing technique.
- What should I eat, lifestyle education.
- How to set and achieve value linked goals.
- Problem solving and have fun doing it!
Phase #2 – Mastering Your Ring Craft
- Develop your CV!
- What is the Performance Jigsaw?
- The 4 C's of Mental Fitness
- Techniques and tactics of boxing
- Techniques and tactics for life
- How to use values to change behaviour
Phase #3 – Master Your Self
- How to feel good by changing your physiology
- Clean the windscreen and change your perspective
- What motivates me? What do I need?
- What's important to me?
- Who's the boss?
- Make the change!
“Mercedas and her program changed my son’s life completely. CounterPunch has increased his self-esteem hugely, helped him overcome anxiety and fear, now exhibiting tolerance and empathy. He has ceased all medications and counselling, obtained his driver’s license and become one of the programs young leaders."
I learnt a lot about myself in the months I was there, Merc you taught me a lot about who I could be. When I started I wasn’t trying to achieve anything but now I am. I believed in the program from the start and will use my voice to show what this program did for me”
Matt (Client, 16 years)