FAQ

How do I know if I am a good candidate for life and professional coaching?

A few questions might help you to determine whether coaching is for you:

  • Ready to make a change, but unsure where to start?
  • Feel unfulfilled even though you’re reasonably “successful”?
  • In transition and uncertain about what’s next?
  • Wish you had an advocate to help you achieve your dreams?
  • Not sure whether your goals are dreams or fantasies?
  • Need some cheerleading and a caring ally as you push through a creative project?
  • Wish you had, on occasion, an informed consultant to run things by?

If you are operating at your “normal” and are dissatisfied with what you are accomplishing, feel unfulfilled or stuck in areas of your life, or know you could accomplish your goals if only you had a little help, coaching may be for you.

How do I decide if coaching with you is right for me?

I offer a free preliminary coaching session in which we will discuss whether your needs and my skills are a good match. During this session, you can ask any questions you might have and we will coach briefly so you can get a sense of what a session is like.  Contact me for more information or to schedule a complimentary session.

What is the minimum commitment I should make to coaching?

The initial coaching agreement is usually for a period of three months.  During that time, you may coach directly in person or by phone up to 4 times during the month and may email in unlimited amounts as well as have short check-in phone calls on occasion. After the initial three month period, we contract by the month.  Fees for additional time are negotiated on a case by case basis.

In some cases, a client will wish to coach heavily on a specific decision, deal or relationship over a short period of time, even up to several hours a week.  Depending upon the need, I can be flexible.

How do we get started?

After you decide to become a client, a 1.5 hour intake session (discovery session) gets the coaching process underway. After that, we will begin weekly sessions as well as unlimited email and telephone check-ins.

What is your  training and background?  Are you certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF)?

I have completed the core training and certification programs at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and am certified by CTI with the Certified Professional Co-active Coach designation (CPCC).  I am also certified by The Leadership Circle to administer TLC’s 360-degree Leadership Assessment Survey.  I am a member in good standing of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Do you follow a specific code of ethics?

I am in agreement and in compliance with the Ethical Guidelines of the ICF, which you can read here.

What’s the Difference Between Coaching and Therapy?

There are many differences between coaching and therapy. The following table, adapted from Coaches Training Institute’s Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching Series, provides a sampling of these differences.

Therapy

Coaching

Focuses on healing and understanding. Focuses on evolving and manifesting potential. Healing is a side effect.
Emphasizes past and present. Emphasizes present and future.
Is insight oriented. Is action and “being” oriented.
Is problem oriented. Is solution oriented.
Explores genesis of behaviors that create low self-esteem. Explores actions and behaviors that manifest high self-esteem.
Asks “why, and from where?” Asks “what’s next/what now?”
Works mainly with internal issues. Works mainly with external issues.
Encourages transference as a therapy tool. Discourages transference as inappropriate.
Accountability is not commonly expected. Accountability is commonly expected.
Uses therapy techniques. Uses coaching skills.