Coaching is creative process that helps people to achieve goals, maximize personal and professional potential, and navigate life transitions. Most coaching is focused on developing your ideal future self, improving family life, health, personal development, life satisfaction and/or ideal career or vocation.
Personal coaching involves a partnership between the coach and the client. It involves helping generally well-functioning people achieve their personal goals. The coach helps the client to discover, to create, to clarify and align what their desires and goals for the future. Coaching involves accountability, strategy and seeking solutions. Coaches encourage people on a self-discovery journey. At the core coaching is about unlocking potential.
What I Do as a Coach
I partner with my clients in a creative process where we discover, clarify, achieve goals and maximize personal potential. I collaborate with my clients, trusting that their inner wisdom and intuition will help guide the coaching process. I ask provocative questions, give advice and provide focus to keep my clients moving forward.
I begin with a conversation about developing a coaching agenda. I will generally take clients through a series of questions and assessments to help clarify what our objectives will be. The assessment process might involve:
- clarification of values
- identification of strengths, gifts, talents
- articulation of the client’s life mission or purpose
I encourage and support my clients to engage in life-long learning. This may look like developing and strengthening current talents or gifts, deepening their knowledge in a particular subject or topic, or furthering their education or training in an area. Additionally, I help clients navigate obstacles and challenges that are getting in the way of them achieving their goals. Along with my client I will assess energy draining situations or relationships that may be interfering with their ability to move ahead. We will discuss what changes may be needed. I also act as a cheerleader standing alongside my clients celebrating successes.
How Long Will I Work with an Individual
The amount of coaching varies depending on the person’s needs and goals. Typically I will work with people between three to six months. Other people may find it more beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period of time. This can be determined by assessing goals, the frequency of meeting, work preferences and financial resources available. We will discuss this in our first coaching session.
Is Coaching Right for You
To determine whether personal coaching is right for you consider whether a collaborative effort is appealing to you in regards to achieving your goals or maximizing potential. Is accountability or a different perspective and other viewpoints of value to you? If you are intrigued by this idea and think it could be helpful try asking the following questions:
- Are you often left wondering what the next season of life holds?
- Are you currently in a life transition and feeling stuck?
- Do you desire to have more control over your life’s direction?
- Are you lacking direction or clarity regarding your future?
- Are you filled with feelings of self-doubt or confusion about taking the next steps?
- Are your kids going off to college leaving you feeling empty or unsure what to do with all your free time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then personal life coaching may be the next step for you.
What Types of Coaching I Offer
- one-on-one coaching in my office or by phone
- coaching intensives, also known as Life Plans.
Why Psychologists Make Great Coaches
- insights into human motivation and behavior
- a broad perspective on the breadth and depth of human experience
- in-depth understanding of human development
- ability and experience in assisting people manage crises
- knowledge and understanding of life transitions and stages of life
- a strong ethics code that values the dignity of all human beings
- extensive training in assisting people communicate more effectively
- an understanding of the need to balance work, personal life and family
- extensive training in the use of assessments to aid people in understanding their personality type preferences, strengths, and needed areas of development
- extensive education, training, and experience in working with people.1
- Adapted from Auerbach, J. (2003). Why Therapists Make Great Coaches. In Personal and Executive Coaching (3rd ed., pp18-19). Ventura, CA: Executive College Press.
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