What is a Professional Life Coach?
A Professional Life Coach is a trusted mentor who helps you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. Coaching is done both individually and with groups. A coaching relationship provides a supportive and non-judgmental space for you to create what you want for yourself. A Life Coach can help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, develop constructive responses, and take action to achieve your maximum potential!
How is Coaching different from Therapy?
While my training in psychotherapy is inevitably integrated into my work with clients and enhances the quality of our work together, I practice as a life coach, not a therapist. Coaching can be therapeutic and healing, but unlike traditional therapies, the emphasis is not on grappling with the past. The primary focus in coaching is on actively creating what you want for the present and future. Perhaps more than many Coaches, I believe that attending to emotions and psychological nuances is critical to the long term success of any coaching program. But, different from the traditioanl therapy perspective, I do not see the engagement with emotions and psychological patterns as a goal in and of itself. As a Life Coach, I see the this aspect of our work together as a means to the end of meeting the specific goals you have set for yourself.
My stance as a Coach is also different than the traditional therapist's when it comes to the nature of the relationship between professional and client. I do not diagnose clients, nor do I have a goal of correcting their dysfunction. I view my coaching clients as creative, resourceful and whole. My role is to facilitate their self-discovery process and support them in making the changes they know to be right for their lives.
While coaching is a wonderful, powerful approach for many individuals and life challenges, it is not a substitute for complex mental health issues requiring psychotherapeutic/psychiatric intervention.
What types of people have Life Coaches?
People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.
How will Life Coaching help?
The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market your self more effectively. If your reasons are personal, you can find a life coach to help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spirituality. With life coaching you can live a more balanced and enhanced life, and make your dreams come true!
What happens in a Life Coaching Session?
Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. Periodically, I will give you assignments to help direct your progress. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results.
Do I really need a personal Coach; can't I just do it by myself?
Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal Coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a Professional Life Coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential. Life coaching can make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session.
How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?
To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, I suggest clients make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.
Is personal life coaching confidential?
What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. That said, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected.