How can I determine if coaching is right for me?

To determine whether you could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. Once you have a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease. Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you are ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop.

What are some typical reasons someone might work with a coach?

An individual or team might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity) 
  • A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
  • A desire to accelerate results
  • A lack of clarity with choices to be made
  • Success has started to become problematic
  • Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
  • Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them

How is Coaching different from Therapy?

Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.

How long do I need to work with a coach?

The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual's preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, three to six months of working may work. For other types of coaching, people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period. There are also occasions where we work with an individual for a short time leading up to a particular event. Factors that may impact the length of time include: the types of goals, the ways individuals or teams prefer to work, the frequency of coaching meetings and financial resources available to support coaching.

What can I expect from the coach?

The Coach:

  • Provides objective assessment and observations that foster the individual's or team’s self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Listens closely to fully understand the individual's or team's circumstances 
  • Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and implementing thoughtful planning and decision making
  • Champions opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge commensurate with personal strengths and aspirations
  • Fosters shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives
  • Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios
  • Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the coaching profession's code of ethics.

What will the coach expect from me?

The Client:

  • Creates the coaching agenda based on personally meaningful coaching goals 
  • Uses assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Envisions personal and/or organizational success 
  • Assumes full responsibility for personal decisions and actions 
  • Utilizes the coaching process to promote possibility thinking and fresh perspectives 
  • Takes courageous action in alignment with personal goals and aspirations 
  • Engages big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Takes the tools, concepts, models and principles provided by the coach and engages in effective forward actions

Whats the difference between Relationship Counseling and Relationship Coaching?

Relationship coaching is not "couples therapy," just as life coaching is not psychotherapy. If therapists are surgeons, coaches are personal trainers. If you're having relationship troubles, a coach can help you clear up your thinking, get some perspective, or set inspiring new goals. However, in the case of problems with debilitating mental illness, couples therapy would be recommended. Likewise, if there are many unhealed childhood wounds, a coach will likely refer you to a therapist who specializes in working with past trauma. Unlike therapy, relationship coaching rarely requires you to re-tell your childhood story, but it can help you find peace with where you are now.

Whats the difference between Career Counseling and Career Coaching?

A career counselor provides you with industry information and advice to help you find a job. A career coach goes deeper to look at your whole life.

Career Counseling:

  • Takes an educational, directive approach at building your tools for acquiring a job.
  • Helps you assess the current employment landscape by providing employment information such as industry trends, employment statistics, salary expectations, and more.
  • Provides tactical support to find a job.
  • A career counselor can help you refine your resume, write a compelling cover letter, and get into the interview. This may be what you are looking for, especially if you are new to the workforce and are seeking an entry-level position.

While similar in many ways, career coaching focuses more on your personal strengths, talents, and values, and helps you build your ideal career path based on these fundamental factors.

  • A Career Coach works with you to find your true calling in the workplace - the career that will give you true meaning and purpose.
  • Career Coaching is based on the premise that if you are going to spend 8 hours a day or more in your job, it might as well be something that you love.
  • Coaching helps you to take a look at your current employment situation and determine what you would like to achieve there. Are there resources and opportunities for you to take advantage of and assessing your work relationships to see possibilities for growth.

A Career Coach will take the time to really listen to you. A Career Coach uses a variety of tools, exercises, and activities to help you identify your career goals and, critically, take action toward achieving them. After only a few sessions, you will have a much clearer sense of what type of career will give you the most joy and satisfaction, at which point you'll be in the position to start developing an action plan to get there.

Where can I find a full list of your polices?

The full Coaching Agreement and Policies can be found HERE

What if I can't afford coaching?

I offer Pro-Bono Coaching and a Sliding Scale Program, as available. Could you or someone you know benefit from discounted or even FREE sessions? We want truly motivated individuals to experience to benefits of Life Coaching so please call or fill out one of our consult forms to request an appointment to discuss the requirements and application process. Note: We will not email you information about the program, you must schedule a telephone consultation before being considered for this program.