Frequently asked questions

This section addresses frequently asked questions around coaching and the process.

What is the difference between coaching, therapy, and consulting?

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.

What is Co-Active Coaching?

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.

How long are the sessions and how are they conducted?

Sessions are 50 minutes over the phone, Skype, or in person if time and schedules permit.

How long should I receive coaching?

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.

How will I know our coaching sessions are working for me?

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.

What important questions should I be ready to answer before working with a Coach Hellena?

  1. Are you ready to make a change in your life? This process is about finding what works for you. You can’t do that if you’re not ready to embrace change and try new tactics.
  2. Are you ready to make a time commitment to the process? Like training for a marathon or learning how to cook, both take time and a willingness to learn the process. Give yourself the opportunity to embrace new ideas and permission to fail – yes fail. I’ll help you use those setbacks as learning opportunities.
  3. Are you ready to be honest – with yourself and me as your coach? Looking at your life through an objective lens allows you to set aside self-judgment and reflect on what you wanted versus what you received. My job as your coach is to help you look for those important lessons that often get lost because we’re too busy beating ourselves up.
  4. Are you willing to step outside of what you know to find out the truth? We as humans have a habit of collapsing two independent facts into one limiting and disempowering belief. An example is Ken with an already demanding work schedule, believing that if he says no to new projects, he’ll be out of the loop and become less of an asset to the company. The problem however is this: Ken is drained from constantly taking on new projects. The two facts: 1. Ken has a busy work schedule and 2. There will always be new projects for the company. Sounds like Ken bases his value on the quantity of work he produces instead of the quality. Still, let’s say that Ken must participate in this new project. How can Ken be a contributing team member, but not take on the majority of the work? What we’re looking for is Ken to become resourceful when looking for options instead of becoming more frustrated and burned out.

Am I obligated to follow your advice?

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.

What are a few things I need to do/prepare for before my coaching sessions begin?

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!

Who determines what we discuss in the coaching sessions?

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.

How much does coaching cost?

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.

How do I pay for sessions?

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.

Contact Me

  • (424) 209-8263
  • Los Angeles, CA