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About Coaching

The following are answers to questions commonly asked about the life coaching process.  If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  There is no cost for a telephone consultation.  I would love to talk with you!

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Who can benefit from personal development coaching?

Personal development coaching is for anyone who is ready to make a change.  This includes changes in career, lifestyle, relationships and more.  In just the past few years, my coaching clients have successfully …

Left unfulfilling careers and opened businesses, changed professions or employers (often after many years of discontentment with their jobs)

Increased in confidence after a break-up, started dating again and found new love (and in one case, marriage)

Learned to set boundaries, value themselves and reframe negative thought patterns.

Tackled goals they have been procrastinating about for years, such as getting a home ready to sell, training for a half-marathon, enrolling in school and more!


Do I really need a coach?  Can't I just do it by myself?

Personal development coaching can take you above and beyond your own limitations! Most people find they are more efficient when working with a coach because the process helps them stay focused on their goals and holds them accountable to their commitments.  Also, the support and encouragement provided by a coach will help you stay steadfast and upbeat even when there are setbacks along the way. Finally, a coach will offer you an unbiased and objective perspective, and this will provide the opportunity for you to better realize your full potential.


What happens during the coaching process?

There are three phases to the coaching process:

First, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing during our work together. I will help you gain clarity and create a very specific vision for your life, so you will know exactly where you are headed. 

Next, I will help you consider and utilize your strengths and abilities. We will also pinpoint and eliminate any obstacles that may be slowing down your progress or completely impairing your ability to make lasting changes, including negative thought patterns and habits. 

Finally, we will develop an action plan.  We will break down your goals into manageable steps.  I will be with you every step of the way!  I will provide you with the encouragement and accountability necessary to succeed.  Each new accomplishment will boost your confidence and increase your momentum!

The coaching process will help you feel renewed and excited about your life!


How long do people generally work with a coach?

To fully experience the effectiveness of a coaching program, an initial three-month commitment of weekly sessions is suggested.  This provides time to develop a trusting relationship with the coach, gain clarity about what you would like to achieve, and begin working on your action plan.  After the initial three months, most clients have established traction with their goals and motivation.  Many clients then choose to meet with the coach every-other-week so they have more time to complete specific assignments.  A special comprehensive coaching package is available to clients once their initial three-month commitment is completed.


What is expected from the coaching client?

To be successful, you must be fully invested in the coaching process.  This means being…

Open-minded and willing to try new things.

Willing to communicate honestly and directly.

Consistent with attendance and timely with payments.

Diligent in completing assignments in-between sessions.  These might include brainstorming, written assignments, reading, lifestyle/habit changes or anything else that will help you progress towards your goals.


How is coaching different from therapy or counseling?

While life coaching is supportive, it is not therapy or any other type of mental health care.  Coaching is distinct from therapy or counseling because it is not designed to address psychological issues.  Coaching is not intended to be a replacement for counseling, psychiatric interventions, or treatment for mental illness or substance abuse.  The primary focus of coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in your future.