Below are some commonly asked questions.
Feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have.
How do you meet with your clients?
Typically I meet with my clients by phone for 45-minute sessions. Sessions are weekly or bi-weekly for best results. There are also coaching groups that meet by phone using a conference line.
What is the difference between a coach, a consultant , and a therapist?
Coaching is in the realm of learning and development. It focuses on drawing out the clients’ own wisdom and expanding/removing self-imposed limitations and limiting ways of thinking. Tools and exercises are taught but in a way that the client is at the source of all choices and actions.
Therapy is in the realm of emotional healing. While coaching clients may experience emotional relief and/or improvements in mood it is not intended to be therapeutic. It can be appropriate for a client to have both a coach and a therapist as long as both professionals believe that is in the best interest of the client.
A consultant is an “expert” with a particular expertise. He or she can give a structure or an outline to follow that promises a certain result (increase in sales, profit, customers, etc.)
How is coaching different than advice from a friend or family member?
The only thing your coach has in mind is partnering with you around what YOU want to create. The agenda is 100% client driven. Said another way, “It is what YOU want for you, not what I want for you.”
Friends and family members can be very supportive and provide excellent advice but that advice can be tainted with their own experiences and their own fears. As an example, even though I am a coach, I refrain from coaching my husband. His choices are too integral to my life and wouldn’t allow me the type of objectivity and “altitude” needed to effectively coach someone. Friends and family also have to worry about upsetting and offending whereas it is a coach’s responsibility to provide effective and empowering feedback that can be acted upon or not ~ the client is always at choice in the matter.
What are the traits of a successful coaching client?
Willingness. Trust. Authenticity. And an ability to laugh…humor can move mountains!