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The Institute for Life Coach Training defines coaching like this:
“Coaching entails working with people who already have a measure of “success” in their lives, but who want to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be in their profession and their personal life. This is much like a trainer who helps an athlete win the “gold medal” – not just be in the race.”
Life coaching is about helping you identify the things that you want to achieve and then supporting and guiding you in the journey to accomplish these things. Coaching focuses on bringing out the resources and brilliance that’s already within you, which is why it’s so powerful! A professional coach is skilled in the methods and practice of helping people design their own framework of living – one that challenges them and sets them on a path towards realistic goals. It’s important to understand that a good coach is a teacher, a guide and a cheerleader. They hold the door open for you to pass through at your best pace. They hold a “mirror” up to you so you can see what is real and not what you imagine about yourself and your experiences. A key part of the process is understanding the balance between when to challenge you to become stronger in an area of weakness, and when to encourage you to push for a goal. The true value of the coaching experience is learning how to apply coaching principles to yourself, so you become skilled in achieving your goals on your own.
Popular culture has a way of pointing out “here today, gone tomorrow” fads, it’s true. It’s also easy to perceive coaching, on the surface, as simply more motivational self-talk mumbo jumbo. However, the truth is that the discipline of life coaching is time-tested, proven approach to helping empower people with the drive and skills they need to live more fulfilling lives. You don’t have to take our word for it, though:
“Once used to bolster troubled staffers, coaching now is part of the standard leadership development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers at IBM, Motorola, J.P. Morgan, Chase, and Hewlett Packard. These companies are discreetly giving their best prospects what star athletes have long had: a trusted adviser to help reach their goals."
CThe discipline of life coaching is time-tested, proven approach to help empower people with the drive and skills they need to live more fulfilling lives. It combines many skills to provide a safe environment, free of judgement in which a client can build what is needed to achieve their goals.
Coaching isn’t a magic wand that cures your problems. It is a tested process in which the client is assisted, designs and uses methods to make change in their life. Anyone can be coached, but it takes commitment, work, discipline, and a skilled practitioner to help you understand how to apply coaching to your life.
Traditionally, therapy is focused on addressing specific psychological needs that may be a result of past events or mental illness. Coaching is designed to focus on the future, and on what you want to achieve. Issues and experiences from the past may be identified during the coaching process but they are not the focus of the work. Coaching can be a therapeutic experience for some but, in general, life coaches are not required to be licensed psychologists. It is often advisable to seek out a coach with training or certification from an accredited coaching program.
Coaching is always a personalized experience, so no two coaching sessions are exactly the same. In our introductory session, we’ll focus on exploring the goals you have, and what brought you to coaching. In later sessions, our discussion will focus on both practical steps, as well as reflection on recent experiences. We’ll use various tools (including the ELI) and exercises along the way. Completing your real-world assignments will be an important way for us to measure progress.
Coaching is tailored to each specific person and the goals that person has in mind. Therefore, there is no pre-defined period of time for life coaching. Sometimes incredible progress is made in mere minutes, but most it’s common for the coaching relationship to span several sessions over a period of weeks or months. I offer service plans that are scaled to meet your needs.
Like the coaching experience itself, the investment in your coaching experience is tailored to your coaching need. Your initial consultation with me is always free, and as part of that conversation, we’ll discuss coaching options that fit your budget. I want to help make coaching possible for you. I encourage you to discuss your coaching investment with me so we can create a plan that is right for you.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact me at least 24 hours in advance of your session. Sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will not be refunded.
The life coaching process is confidential, and everything that you share, as well as any of your personal information, is always held in the strictest of confidence. Additionally, anything you transmit over our website is highly secure, and stored data is HIPAA-compliant following ICF guidelines. However, our discussions are not legally “privileged”, like discussions with your lawyer, therapist, or clergy-member might be. Therefore, we are subject to the laws in your jurisdiction. Aside from that legal distinction, we treat all of our client data and discussion as strictly private.