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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between coaching, consulting, and therapy?

Coaching, consulting, and therapy are all services aimed at helping individuals improve their personal or professional lives, but they differ in their goals, methods, and focus.

Coaching is a service that helps individuals develop skills, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals. Coaches work with clients to help them clarify their goals, identify barriers, and create strategies to overcome these barriers. Coaches often use specific tools and techniques to help their clients improve their performance, productivity, and effectiveness. Coaching is usually short-term and focuses on achieving specific goals.

Consulting, on the other hand, is a service that provides expert advice and recommendations to clients on a specific area or problem. Consultants provide customized solutions and often work on a project basis, where they are hired for a specific time frame.

Therapy is a service that helps individuals deal with emotional and psychological issues that are impacting their mental health and well-being. Therapists work with clients to help them identify and understand their feelings, behaviors, and thought patterns, and provide them with the tools to cope with or overcome these issues. Therapists usually work on a long-term basis and focus on addressing the underlying causes of the client's problems.

Is it okay to work with a therapist and a coach?

Yes! They have different goals and approaches. Therapy is focused on addressing emotional or psychological issues, while coaching is focused on achieving specific goals and developing skills.

Working with a therapist can help you address and overcome deep-seated emotional or psychological issues that are impacting your mental health and well-being. Therapists are trained to help clients develop insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and to provide them with tools and strategies to manage and cope with their issues.

Working with a coach, on the other hand, can help you develop new skills, overcome obstacles, and achieve your goals. Coaches are trained to help clients identify and clarify their goals, create a plan to achieve those goals, and provide support and accountability along the way.

By working with both a therapist and a coach, you can address both your emotional and psychological well-being as well as your personal and professional development. However, it's important to communicate with both your therapist and coach about your goals, progress, and any overlapping issues or concerns to ensure that they are working together in a coordinated and effective manner.

What are frequent session topics?

Coaches may be asked a variety of questions, depending on their area of expertise, the needs of their clients, and the type of coaching they provide. Here are some common questions that coaches may be asked:

  1. How can I improve my performance at work/school/sports, etc.?

  2. What are my strengths and weaknesses, and how can I develop them further?

  3. How can I achieve my personal or professional goals?

  4. How can I overcome obstacles that are holding me back from reaching my goals?

  5. How can I improve my time management and productivity?

  6. How can I develop better communication and interpersonal skills?

  7. How can I improve my leadership skills?

  8. How can I manage stress and achieve a better work-life balance?

  9. How can I improve my confidence and self-esteem?

  10. How can I make better decisions and manage risks effectively?

These are just a few examples of the types of questions coaches may be asked. Coaches work with clients to help them clarify their goals, identify barriers, and create strategies to overcome these barriers. They may use specific tools and techniques to help their clients improve their performance, productivity, and effectiveness in various areas of their lives.

How do I know if I am coachable?

Being coachable means being open to feedback, willing to learn, and ready to make changes in your life. If you're wondering whether you're coachable, here are some signs to look for:

  1. You have a growth mindset: You believe that your abilities and qualities can be developed through hard work and dedication. You see challenges as opportunities for growth, rather than as obstacles.

  2. You're willing to take responsibility for your actions: You understand that you have the power to make choices that impact your life, and you're willing to take responsibility for those choices. You're not afraid to admit when you've made a mistake, and you're open to learning from it.

  3. You're open to feedback: You're willing to listen to feedback from others, even if it's not always positive. You don't take criticism personally, and you use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

  4. You're committed to your goals: You have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, and you're willing to work hard to make it happen. You're committed to your goals and you're willing to make changes in your life to achieve them.

  5. You're willing to try new things: You're open to trying new approaches, even if they're outside of your comfort zone. You're not afraid to take risks, and you're willing to experiment with different strategies to see what works best for you.

If you possess these qualities, it's likely that you're coachable. Keep in mind that being coachable doesn't mean that you're perfect or that you have all the answers. It simply means that you're open to learning and growing, and that you're willing to work with a coach to achieve your goals.

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What are your fees?

How long does coaching engagement last? 

The duration of coaching can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the goals of the coaching engagement, the frequency of coaching sessions, and the progress of the client. Coaching can be short-term or long-term, depending on the needs of the client.

Short-term coaching engagements may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. These engagements may be focused on achieving specific goals, such as preparing for a job interview, developing a specific skill, or overcoming a particular challenge.

Long-term coaching engagements may last for six months to a year or more. These engagements may be focused on more comprehensive personal or professional development, such as career transitions, leadership development, or achieving long-term goals.

The frequency of coaching sessions can also impact the duration of coaching. Coaching sessions may be held weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on the needs and goals of the client.

It's important to note that coaching is a collaborative process, and the duration of coaching may be adjusted based on the progress of the client and their evolving needs. Ultimately, the length of coaching will depend on the unique circumstances of each individual client and their specific goals and needs. Usually it is weekly for 90 minutes for the first paid session and 45 minutes for each session after.

What if I don't know what I want to be coached around?

If you're interested in working with a coach, but you're not sure what issues you want to be coached around, don't worry - this is a common situation. Many people seek coaching because they feel stuck, uncertain, or dissatisfied with some aspect of their life, but they may not be sure what specific goals or challenges they want to address.

A good coach can help you identify and clarify your goals, even if you're not exactly sure what they are at the outset. Here are a few things you can do to get started:

  1. Reflect on your values and priorities: Think about what's important to you and what you want to achieve in your life. What are your long-term goals and aspirations? What are the things that make you feel fulfilled and satisfied?

  2. Identify areas of your life where you feel stuck or uncertain: Consider the areas of your life where you feel like you're not making progress, or where you're not sure what to do next. This could be in your career, relationships, health, or other areas.

  3. Talk to a coach: A coach can help you clarify your goals and identify specific areas to work on. I can also help you identify any barriers or obstacles that might be holding you back. 

Remember, coaching is a collaborative process, and it's okay if you don't have all the answers at the beginning. I can help you identify your goals and develop a plan to achieve them, even if you're not exactly sure what they are yet. The first session after our free consult is where we go over the 7 areas of wellness and you rate those areas of your life. When one of these areas is out of balance, it causes many other areas to be out of balance. 

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What are frequent life transitions?

Life transitions are significant changes in an individual's life that require adjustment and adaptation to a new situation. Some of the most frequent life transitions include:

  1. Career changes: This can include changes in employment or moving to a new career path.

  2. Relationship changes: This includes changes in intimate relationships, such as getting married, separating, or divorcing.

  3. Parenthood: This includes becoming a new parent, raising children, and experiencing an empty nest as children leave home.

  4. Moving: This can include moving to a new city or country, and adjusting to a new environment and culture.

  5. Health changes: This includes experiencing illness, injury, or disability, and adapting to changes in physical or mental health.

  6. Retirement: This includes transitioning from a career to retirement and adjusting to new lifestyle changes.

  7. Financial changes: This includes changes in income, financial hardship, or sudden wealth.

  8. Aging: This includes transitioning through different stages of life and adapting to changes in physical and mental abilities.

These life transitions can be challenging and stressful, but they can also offer opportunities for growth, learning, and self-discovery. A coach can be a helpful resource during these transitions, providing support and guidance to help individuals navigate the changes and move forward in a positive and healthy way.

Are my sessions confidential? 

Yes, I use an encrypted cloud storage company and only share my notes with you. As someone who comes from the healthcare field, I take HIPPA seriously. 

Still Have Questions?

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I look forward to connecting with you soon!

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