Meet Erica

Certified Life Coach for Parents, Teen Girls and Young Women

Erica Rood Life Coach

Credentials and Qualifications

  • Over 20 years of coaching and teaching experience
  • Certified Family, Parent, and Teen Coach through Academy for Family Coach Training
  • Certified Teen Wisdom Inc. Life Coach
  • Certificate in Foundations of Positive Psychology  through University of Pennsylvania
  • Master’s in Education
  • Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, minor in Child Development
  • Credentialed Teacher and Administrator
  • Featured author in San Diego Family Magazine,  Good Life Family Magazine, and Kids Helping Kids book series.

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My Mission

To empower and inspire teen girls and young women with strategies, tools, and mindsets that help them navigate life with confidence.

To support parents with parenting practices so they can enjoy a close relationship with their teen and guide their teen toward her highest potential.

How I Work 

My coaching programs for teens and young women are a unique blend of traditional coaching and teaching.   We begin by establishing trust and identifying desired outcomes.  Then, in a judgment-free environment, girls process and learn from their experiences, deepen their self-awareness, develop authentic confidence, and master positive mindsets, tools, and strategies.

My parent coaching programs address parents’ specific needs and offer solutions to the challenges they are having with their teen. I provide a fresh perspective, that comes from over a decade of coaching teens and young women, and teach communication strategies that lead to more open communication and a stronger relationship with their teen.

About Me

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to working with young people. In college, I volunteered at youth shelters and worked as a nanny before getting a job at a local preschool.  I was intrigued with child development and developed a love of teaching.

After earning my teaching credential, I ventured to London for my first teaching job.  After two years, I returned to San Diego and started my career in Del Mar.  During my years in the classroom, girls would often confide in me, sharing their struggles with self-esteem, body image, friendships, family dynamics, and school. They were afraid to turn to their parents for fear of being misunderstood and didn’t want to turn to their friends for fear of being gossiped about. They felt alone and unsure.  I understood;  I felt the same during my teen years.  Knowing how different my path would have been if I had extra support and believing wholeheartedly that with the right tools and mindsets, girls could turn their struggles into triumphs, I felt the drive to do more.

Tipping Point 

I decided to write my Master’s thesis on Relational Aggression and developed a curriculum to teach girls about building their Emotional Intelligence and handling social challenges.  Shortly after earning my Master’s, I used my curriculum to create unique yoga classes for teens and mother-daughter pairs. As I followed my passion, I heard about Teen Life Coaching.  It was described as a field devoted to self-discovery, action, and accountability. A profession that focuses on building personal strengths, setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately moving forward with confidence and intention. I thought this is it!

But suddenly, my personal life turned upside-down.  I went through an unexpected heartbreak, ended my engagement, and started to wonder What now?  Although incredibly painful, this change inspired me to take a risk. I left my full-time teaching job to pursue a career as a life coach.  I became a certified Teen Wisdom Life Coach and Inspire Balance Coaching was born!

Since then, I’ve completed additional trainings through the Academy for Family Life Coach Training (now called Impact Coaching) and the University of Pennsylvania.   I am a lifelong learner and constantly reading, listening to podcasts, and participating in workshops related to personal development.

In my free time I love to explore new countries, practice yoga, walk on the beach or hike in the mountains, experiment with new recipes, and spend time with my family and friends.


Coaching was really cool and helpful.  Erica helped me feel better about friends.  I liked being able to talk about everything that bothered me. 

– 8th grade

Erica guides with questions and listens exceptionally. Her presence and style is perfect for young, developing girls. My daughter feels so comfortable with her. Her coaching has given my daughter confidence and very specific tools to respond to stress or difficult situations.
– Parent
My daughter really enjoys working with Erica and I absolutely see the value for her. Her frustration level has gone down a lot with her sister and the family in general. Hearing and seeing how Erica works with her is also helpful so I can continue to support her. I’m so thankful for Erica’s support and guidance.
– Parent
Coaching helped me feel more confident in certain areas and have more motivation for the stepping stones in my life. Erica helped me see that many situations are not as traumatic as they seem. She made me very comfortable and used methods that were very helpful.
–10th grade

Erica is a great support to parents who want the best for their children who sometimes don’t have the answers our children are seeking. There are times when children and teens need to process things with an adult they can trust. You can trust Erica with your children!

– Parent

Erica has also been a huge support to me and my husband. Providing us with coaching on how to best communicate and support our girls. Erica has a warm and inviting style. I highly recommend giving her a call if you want extra support through the sometimes challenging tween/teen years.

– Parent

My coaching experience with Erica was a 10 out of 10. She helped me come out of my shell and really connect with myself. I liked being able to talk about anything.
– 10th grade

Erica Rood is a extremely knowledgeable and compassionate coach in supporting children and teens through the joys and pains of growing up in today’s world. Our daughter met Erica years ago in a yoga class and immediately felt comfortable sharing her personal challenges and learned how to strive for confidence and peace through Erica’s user- friendly tools.

– Parent

The relationship they have developed over the years will benefit my daughter for a lifetime.
Thank you Erica!

– Parent

Erica is your go to coach for raising a healthy happy teenager. I would not be so close with my daughter, if it were not for us working with Erica. She has helped us make the teen years joyful and connected. She has also helped my daughter grow as person and discover who she really is. I highly recommend Erica for coaching if you or your daughter are struggling with the teen years.

– Parent

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