About Coaching

What is coaching?

logo-icon-smallWhat Is Coaching? Life Coaching provides a supportive relationship with a trained professional that enhances your ability to learn, make desired changes, solve problems, and achieve goals. A Coach works with you individually or in a group, face-to-face or by telephone, typically in a series of regularly scheduled sessions.

logo-icon-smallHow Is Coaching Different Than Therapy?  Coaches ask questions and suggest alternatives that guide clients to discover their own unique answers and choose their own path. A coach may provide ideas, expertise, skill-building techniques, and concrete, actionable steps.

Coaching differs from therapy in that coaching sessions are primarily focused on learning and achievement, rather than healing or resolution of the past. Coaches help clients to make changes in their lives by observing present conditions, visualizing future goals, and determining action steps. The coaching relationship is a shared responsibility between coach and client, and is involved in the process of creating something new for the client’s life. Therapy most often analyzes past events, helps the client develop an understanding of their emotional reactions, and possibly helps determine the cause of a client’s behavior.

logo-icon-smallWhat is the basic philosophy of coaching? Coaches are trained to listen, observe, and to customize their approach to meet your specific needs. Coaches seek to elicit solutions and strategies from you; they believe you are naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that you already possess.

logo-icon-smallWhat do people get out of working with a coach? Coaching clients experience a sense of partnership and support in achieving their personal goals that is often not available elsewhere in their lives. Regular coaching sessions provide clients with dedicated time to focus on what they truly want and what must happen to create it. Coaches help their clients design action steps to meet their goals, then hold them accountable to their own stated desires, providing perspective, feedback, and powerful questions along the way. As a result, clients stay motivated, make significant changes, and achieve more that they may have thought possible.

logo-icon-smallDoes a coach work on personal or professional goals? Both. A certified professional coach is trained to work with you in all aspects of your life: your career, your finances; your friends, family, and relationships; your health and vitality; your various environments, and your spiritual side.

logo-icon-smallWho is the client? The individual coaching client is someone who wants to reach a higher level of performance, knowledge, and/or satisfaction. (The coaching client is NOT seeking emotional healing or relief from psychological pain.) The coaching client must be able to take action to move toward a goal with the support of the coach. The successful client is not excessively limited in the ability to take action or overly hesitant to make this kind of progress.

logo-icon-smallWhy does coaching work? Synergy between the coach and client creates momentum. The coach guides clients in setting better goals – that is, goals that naturally pull clients toward their goals rather than goals that require clients to push themselves toward their goals. Clients develop new life skills, and these skills translate into more success.

logo-icon-smallWhat, exactly, does a coach do?

– A coach works with clients to set and reach powerful, effective, meaningful, and relevant goals.
– A coach asks clients to go beyond their comfort level (i.e., the level they would have gone on their own).
– A coach helps clients sharpen and maintain focus to more quickly produce results.
– A coach provides the tools, encouragement, support, and structure to help clients accomplish more than ever.

logo-icon-smallWhat happens when you hire a coach? The moment you hire a life coach you begin to take yourself more seriously. Your actions immediately become more effective and focused. You stop putting up with nagging things that have been dragging you down. You begin to create momentum. You set goals well beyond those you would have set on your own. Results come more easily. You receive and relish the acknowledgements you earn and deserve.