What is a coach and how will coaching help me?

A coach is a person who sees more potential in you than you do in yourself and dares you to be great. A relationship with a coach facilitates clarity, creating and achieving goals, making empowered decisions, and getting you out of your own way. A coach provides a safe place, free of judgment, for exploration and curious inquiry. A coach doesn’t give advice, but rather provides accountability and support as the client moves through the process.

How is a life coach different from a business consultant?

A consultant is an expert who assesses a situation and offers solutions. In a coaching relationship, the client is not looking to the coach for answers. The answers and results in a coaching relationship lie in joint exploration and discovery, willingness to trust and total collaboration.

How will I know if I am ready for a coach?

You are ready for a life coach if you are seeking self-discovery, feel like you are under-utilizing your potential, or are searching for something more in your life or business. You are also ready for a coaching relationship if you are highly-functioning and already living a successful and productive life but want to go to the next level. Additionally, you will get the most out of coaching with me if you are willing to be uncomfortable, be dedicated, risk, lead with fierce courage and take the action steps.

How does coaching differ from therapy?

Coaching focuses on the person in the present moment and who he/she wants to be moving forward, while typically, therapy focuses more on “looking back” over the course of one’s life to determine what brought him/her to the present situation. A good metaphor might be that a therapist is like a physical therapist that treats an athlete when he is injured, but a life coach is like the coach of the team who focuses the team on constantly improving, winning games and learning from losses. Another difference is that therapists are considered experts and therefore they often offer advice or plans of action. A life coach considers the client the expert of his/her life and rarely gives advice. Lastly, unlike the strict therapist/client guidelines, life coaches are encouraged to love their clients to help them see and achieve their highest potential.

How long do coaching relationships last?

Coaching relationships vary depending on the goals or the reasons that bring a client to coaching. Coaching typically lasts between 6 to 18 months to experience the full benefits. It is common to experience two steps forward and one step back during the first 3 months so it is important that clients are willing to make a longer commitment to allow time to work through whatever is holding them back. Some clients decide to continue with coaching indefinitely as they experience ongoing benefits and satisfaction.

What can I expect during the complimentary consultation?

Due to the personal nature of coaching, chemistry and connection between client and coach is crucial. The consultation is an opportunity to figure out whether the relationship would be a good fit, for the client to ask questions and to explore the specific areas that are bringing the client to coaching.

How do coaching sessions take place?

Coaching sessions are conducted over the phone or via Skype. With busy lives, phones sessions are ideal as they fit more easily into any schedule, provide anonymity and allow coach and client accessibility worldwide. My coaching sessions last 55 minutes and clients typically meet with me weekly, but the frequency of sessions is something we will decide together based on your needs.