This section addresses frequently asked questions around coaching and the process.
Coaching: The objective of coaching is to move a client forward when it comes to their goals in life. This is done by having clients focus attention on their values, what is important to them, and how they manage daily challenges. While coaching and therapy use some of the same modalities, a coach’s role is not to heal emotional wounds, nor does coaching train coaches in that area. Coaching is designed for you to find your own answers. Deep down, you know what you need to do. My job as your coach is to help you remove the obstacles in the way of those decisions.
Therapy: Therapists help clients address deep emotional wounds that have affected and kept them from moving forward in their life. The job of a therapist is to diagnose these conditions and help clients heal those emotional wounds. It is often a process requiring many months of sessions depending on the depth of the issue being addressed.
Consulting: Consultants are individuals who are paid to bring a specific skill, experience, or analytical process to a client. Their role is to advise the client on the best viable solution once they have analyzed the data.
This means that I see you as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. You are more than capable of finding your own answers. My role as your coach is to ask the right questions, listen and support you as you tap into the skills and creativity you already possess to find your own solutions.
Sessions are 50 minutes over the phone, Skype, or in person if time and schedules permit.
The length of coaching will vary from client to client. A minimum of eight sessions, which takes place twice a month for four months, allows you to start recognizing habits and identifying behaviors that hold you back. Sessions may continue longer, but eight sessions will allow both of us to see what’s in your life you want to keep and what needs to change.
At the beginning of our coaching journey, we will discuss your goals. You are looking for change and through your work and willingness to try new tactics, a shift in attitude and behavior is often the result. Movement and success is often measured in the following ways: 1) change of attitude, 2) awareness of the walls keeping you from goals and realistic tactics to address them, 3) an increase in self-confidence, 4) the ability to quickly identify and analyze a situation before retreating to old non-productive habits, 5) making changes in your life that are in alignment with who you are and what you want.
No. Whenever a suggestion is on the table, you have three options: yes, no, or counter offer. You the client always have control over your life and any decisions you make. My role as your coach is to offer new perspectives, challenge, and encourage you. It will always be your choice whether you move forward with what the coaching discovers. The Co-Active Coaching relationship is a partnership. We are working toward the same goals. You are always in control of what you do or don’t do. This is a benefit of coaching – experiencing choice, something I want you to know that you have.
Be ready for change. Be prepared to let go of things that no longer serve you. Be willing to look at your life through a lens of curiosity and learn from past decisions. Be open to the fact that you have choices. Once you believe that – start exercising that muscle. Be willing to see yourself as naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Be ready to do things differently!
You do. Sometimes clients don’t know where to begin when so much is going on. To help get you started, I’ll have you answer some questions and complete a survey to give both you and me a snapshot of where you are in your life. This can also serve as a jumping off point for discussions if you are still unsure where to start.
The fees for coaching will vary, depending on certain factors such as: 1) how frequently we have coaching sessions, 2) the length of your coaching contract, and 3) whether this is individual, couple, or group coaching. During the discovery session, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your goals and I will share my background and the principles of coaching. A sample coaching session will introduce you to my coaching style. During this process, we will agree upon a fee for the length of our coaching relationship. A coaching contract is required to secure the rate. Please see my services page for the different types of programs I offer.
Sessions are paid with a credit/debit card, or PayPal. If the meeting takes place over the phone, an invoice will be sent for you. If meeting in person, you can pay with cash or debit/credit card. Personal checks are not accepted.