What is coaching? Coaching is a designed relationship wherein coaches partner with clients to work on clients’ agendas and timelines. Clients bring concerns and ideas to their coaching sessions. Coaches, in turn, listen carefully, ask thought-provoking questions, and help find avenues to success. Powerful coaching relationships make changes that are productive for and true to the client. The client sets the tone for each session and for the overall relationship.
Why do people choose to work with coaches? People choose to work with coaches for a variety of reasons. Some have big dreams and need help seeing the paths they could take to reach those dreams. Others are in transition, such as between jobs or between seasons of life, and they want to find what is next for them. Still others are small business owners who want to figure out their next steps and/or how to scale their business. Each client has their own unique reason for seeking a coach. Each journey is valid and coaches can help with all of them.
How can coaching help me? Coaching can bring clarity to murky situations, help you identify and release inner blocks, and bring new awareness in many areas of life. It can help you find happiness and then harness that happiness into accomplishing whatever you dream up. Coaching, of course, comes with a coach who can hold you accountable, help you see things you haven’t yet, champion your dreams, and celebrate with you when you reach them.
Are you going to tell me what to do? No. I do not give advice or instructions. I partner with clients to help them achieve clarity, focus on solutions, and reach their goals. We will create a custom plan together and I will support you to see that plan through to completion.
How long are individual coaching sessions?
Discovery sessions, offered for free, last about 30 minutes. This type of session is always the very first session with a potential client. We get to know one another a bit and then we discuss what you would like to work on during the coaching relationship. If desired, a short coaching session can be included in this meeting. Each session is different because each client is different.
A standard coaching session lasts 60 minutes. These are paid sessions for people who have chosen to work with me as their coach. We meet every week or 2 depending on what you want to work on. At the beginning of each of these sessions, you will determine the agenda for the day.
How long does coaching take? The coaching relationship lasts as long as you want it to last. Clients work with me for at least 3-6 months, but some plan to meet for much longer. It all depends on where you are when the coaching relationship starts and what you want to accomplish.
Why should I work with you and not another coach? I love it when people ask this question because it means that they are thinking deeply! They see the value in coaching and want to make sure they form a powerful relationship with the right coach. I provide is a structure and accountability process that helps you develop new insights and changes the way you will see and do things in life. Book a discovery session and see if we are a good fit!
Does it mean I am somehow not enough if I hire a coach? No. If you choose to hire a coach it means that you believe that people can grow and learn throughout their lives. Most importantly, it means that you are open to new ideas, opportunities, and experiences and that you are determined to make the changes in life that are right for you.
Can you train me to be a coach? No, that is not something that I am trained to do and you deserve an accredited program to teach you how to be a great coach. I can, however, point you to the people who can train you well. Please visit the International Coach Federation website to find a list of accredited coach training programs. That said, I can coach you as you work through your coach training program. I also coach other coaches. Just as therapists have therapists, coaches have coaches, including yours truly.
Are coaching services tax-deductible? Generally speaking, they are not. However, some job-seeking expenses are tax-deductible. Please view the IRS guidelines HERE.
Do you accept health insurance? No, I am not a medical professional. Therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals who diagnose mental health conditions are able to accept health insurance. Coaches neither diagnose nor treat these conditions and, therefore, are unable to accept health insurance to cover the costs of sessions.