Life Coaching Is...
Definition of Life Coaching
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Benefits of Life Coaching
A key benefit of working with a coach is having a neutral thinking partner to engage with. This means a person who is focused on what your needs are without any biases or hidden agenda. Also, someone who can help you think outside the box. Look at your needs and goals through a different lens to consider approaches you have not yet identified.
Life Coaching Engagement
The coaching engagement all starts with you, the client. What do you want to address and why? As the coach, I will help drive the process to identify your goals through developing self-awareness. Together we’ll create a joint plan to outline your goals and steps for you to accomplish them. We’ll track the progress being made and address any obstacles you are encountering at the start of each session. At the end of each session, we’ll establish the next steps and activities to be completed. Most sessions will be 45 -60 minutes in duration.
Coaching vs. therapy
Coaching is about moving forward. It is future focused, and the conversations always begin with the present moment. Therapeutic approaches, on the other hand, typically deal with healing pain, dysfunction, or deep, often difficult-to-resolve conflict within an individual or within a relationship between two or more people. The primary goal of these treatments is often to resolve difficulties from the past that are hampering an individual’s emotional wellness and ability to function in the present.
Information discussed and shared during each session is confidential. Your personal information will always be protected. As a certified coach, a clear understanding with both Clients and Sponsors or interested parties about the conditions under which information will not be kept confidential (e.g., illegal activity, if required by law, pursuant to valid court order or subpoena; imminent or likely risk of danger to self or to others; etc.). In a situation where one of the above conditions exists, I may need to inform the appropriate authorities.
The first step is an introduction call to confirm what the client wants to focus on and that there is a good fit with the coach. A contract is then reviewed and signed off by the client to establish the framework for the partnership. In the agreement we confirm the number of sessions and the fee structure. We then determine the areas of focus for the client by conducting an initial 1 1/2 – 2 hour kick off session. This helps prioritize what is most important to the client as we plan for the additional sessions. Coaching sessions can be done either in person or video call (like Zoom).
Typically sessions last 45-60 minutes.
We do not currently accept any forms of insurance.
Most clients choose to receive coaching weekly.
Yes, what is discussed during each session is done in full confidence. Keep in mind that discussions are not privilege for legal purposes. But, this is a confidential engagement and all personal information is protected. As a professional certified coach, a clear understanding with both Clients and Sponsors or interested parties about the conditions under which information will not be kept confidential (e.g., illegal activity, if required by law, pursuant to valid court order or subpoena; imminent or likely risk of danger to self or to others; etc.). Where I reasonably believe one of the above circumstances is applicable, I may need to inform appropriate authorities.