What is a Life Coach?
A Life Coach is a trusted ally who can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. It is a one-on-one relationship that provides a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you create what you want for yourself. A Life Coach can help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential.
What types of people have Life Coaches?
People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.
How will Life Coaching help?
The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market yourself more effectively. If your reasons are personal, a life coach can help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spiritually. With life coaching, you can live a more balanced and enhanced life, integrating all your strengths into an ideal life. For severe psychological issues and active addictions, coaching may not be the ideal solution, and a coach may refer a client to another professional better suited to address a client's unique needs.
What is Solution-Focused Coaching and how does it work?
I learned the solution-focused coaching methodology at Erickson College. Here is a cool video I found that explains the concept of solution-focused coaching very nicely, and in under three minutes!
Check this video to learn the details
What happens in a Life Coaching Session?
Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs and goals. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. Occasionally we will work together to develop assignments for you to complete outside our sessions to help direct your progress. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. At the beginning of each session, we will establish what goal or goals would be most valuable for you to achieve during the session. I will check in throughout the session to make sure we are staying on track to make the session most worthwhile for you. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results. I will ask you what you found of value from the session so we ensure we continue to the make the progress you are seeking.
Approximately every month or after four sessions, we will take a few minutes at the beginning of a session to revisit your goals for coaching and ensure you feel you are making adequate progress in attaining them. If not, I have the opportunity to change my approach if needed and introduce new methods of learning and discovery. I tell clients that these sessions belong to you and I am committed to your satisfaction!
Do I really need a personal coach, can't I just do it by myself?
Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a life coach and that this relationship provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential. Life coaching can make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.
How is coaching different from therapy?
While the life coaching I provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future. In addition, mental health therapy is better suited to help someone who is experiencing severe emotional dysfunction so that they can regain a more functional life. For example, if a client is not able to get up in the morning to go to work because they lack the energy to do so, or have lost their appetite or stopped doing the things they used to enjoy doing, then a therapist is the better choice to help that person move from this dysfuctional state than a coach.
Can't I just save my money and talk to my friends?
An active network of supportive friends and loved ones is critical to happiness and success in life. Your friends and family want you to succeed. However, your friends are sometimes tooclose to you to be objective in the observations they provide to you. They may want to spare your feelings or may feel threatened when they speak truthfully to you. They may fear losing your friendship if they are honest with you. In order to grow to your fullest potential, you need to have feedback shared with you that is honest and unvarnished. You need someone who will point out a pattern of behavior that may not be serving your best interest. While there are exceptions, most friends don't like to nag you about progress you've made toward your goals. A good life coach will do all of these things a friend might not - call you on what you need to be called on; give you feedback about your behavior and reactions that you may be unaware of; and a coach will hold you accountable, all while being your strongest advocate.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session. If you have purchased a package, this appointment will be counted as one of your sessions. Likewise, if I have to cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice (even if I'm sick), I will make up that appointment AND give you an extra session at no charge.
What forms of payment do you take? Do you accept insurance?
I accept cash, checks and all credit cards. You may pay for coaching using my web site to connect to PayPal. I can also run your credit card over the phone. I can send you an online invoice that will let you pay securely from your checking account or debit card.
Most insurance companies do not reimburse for life coaching. I do not file insurance for clients. I do advise clients to talk directly to their insurance company to find out if it offers any reimbursement to you directly. In that case, I am happy to provide documentation to you directly, but not to the insurance company. It is your responsibility to work with your insurance company.
If you have a flexible spending account, you may want to talk to your company's HR department and ask if life coaching is considered an allowable expense. In that case, I am happy to provide you a year-end statement of your coaching sessions and the amount I have collected from you, to allow you to submit this to your benefit company for reimbursement.
You may also want to consider asking your boss or HR department if they would consider reimbursing you for your executive coaching expenses.
I do require payment of sessions prior to the session. If you buy a package, you'll need to purchase this before your first session in the package. I will keep track of the number of sessions you've used and will inform you when you have two sessions left in your package. You can then decide if you want to purchase another package before your current package ends. If you choose to pay-as-you-go for each session, I will collect that payment a few days prior to our appointment time.
How long do people generally work with a life coach?
To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, I suggest clients make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching. In fact, part of my coaching process is to take a few minutes at the end of every 4th session (session 4, session 8, etc) to check in about your satisfaction with your progresss. This is your time, and I am committed to making coaching as valuable as possible to you.
Is personal life coaching confidential?
What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. That said, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected to the fullest extent of the law. If I believe you may harm yourself or others or I believe a child or an elderly person may be at risk of harm or abuse, I am required to report this to law enforcement officials. In all other circumstances, what you share with me will remain confidential.
How much do you charge for a session?
See Fees page for the answer to this question!