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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your approach?

My approach to coaching is that it is a creative, thought-provoking partnership. The coach acts as a sounding board & inspirational guide, providing a safe space for the client to engage in self-inquiry and discovery in order to achieve greater success in life and business. I create a supportive framework in which you, the coachee, are able to tap into your own inner wisdom and innate ability to problem-solve and move through tough situations in order to grow, learn, and create greater success and satisfaction for yourself.

What is professional coaching?

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.

Is coaching right for me?

To determine whether you or your company could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When an individual or business has 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 or your business is 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 is the coaching process?

We start the process with a complementary conversation to get to know each other and explore your goals and challenges to see how we can best work together. From there we create a concise coaching agreement, personalized to your specific goals, schedule and priorities.

Subsequent coaching sessions will focus on your goals, developing actionable steps to achieving them, and progress check-ins along the way. I work from a positive, future-focused approach, using discovery-based inquiry to explore what is working in the present and what positive steps are needed to achieve goals in the future.

Our work together takes the focus away from past problems and negative or fear-based thought patterns, releasing things that hold you back or cause stress or doubt. We constructively redirect your energy toward creating positive change building a framework for future success.

Between sessions you may have “homework” by way of specific actions to complete in support of your goals. Together we will assess your experiences between sessions. I offer compassionate accountability to ensure you are achieving the results you desire, and if not, support as you course-correct to better reach your goals.

As is needed / appropriate, I may provide additional resources such as assessments, articles, weblinks, etc. in order to enhance awareness, provide benchmarks for goals, and offer a way to evaluate progress throughout the duration of our relationship.

Upon completion of our coaching agreement, it is up to you as to how you wish to proceed. Additional sessions can be purchased at any time to further growth and / or address new goals as life unfolds. While I fully believe in the power of the coaching process, life is constantly changing and I am always happy to partner with you whatever the circumstances.

How is coaching different?

Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict arising from the past. It tends to focus on examining the past and working through issues or trauma that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change and focuses primarily on future outcomes and achievement. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success rather than emotional healing, though coaching can have a healing component to it as clients shed limiting beliefs and step into their own power. Coaching is about creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals.. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.

Consulting: Consultants are hired specifically for their expertise in a specific area. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose issues and deliver advice, strategies or solutions to the company or individual. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are their own experts, capable of generating solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.

Mentoring: A mentor provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience in a given field. Mentoring may include aspects of advising, counseling and coaching. However the coaching process does not include advising or counseling. Instead it focuses on supporting individuals or groups as they set and achieve their own goals.

What will coaching ask of me?

To be successful, coaching will ask you to show up as your whole self, be open to the experience and curious about yourself and your situation.. Most importantly it will ask you to:

Focus on yourself, your intention, and be open to exploring the hard questions with compassion and curiosity.

Listen to your own inner intuition, assumptions and judgments to be able to hear yourself fully.

Challenge existing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that may not serve you and develop new ones that do support your goals and values.

Leverage personal strength to overcome limitations.

Take decisive actions, even when uncomfortable, to stretch yourself to grow and achieve more.

Show compassion and patience. Learning new behaviors is not easy and growth can be slow and challenging. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase that nothing worth having comes easily? Change is challenging, and that’s ok.

Commit to not taking yourself too seriously, and be open to the lightheartedness and humor in any situation.

Have the courage to reach beyond the known and comfortable while engaging in continual, non-judgmental self examination. It’s ok (and natural) to feel fear or insecurity along the way, as long as you move through it and don’t give it the power to stop you.

What is the duration of the coaching relationship?

The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual’s or team’s needs and 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. 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.

The content above has been adapted from the International Coaching Federation.