About Coaching

iStock 000009234354XSmallWhat is Coaching?

Coaching is about working with a professional who is a trusted mentor and accountability partner. As a Professional Coach, I help you reach your fullest potential and help you move from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow. Our relationship is a supportive, non-judgmental environment designed to help you overcome previous un-healthy patterns, and achieve your desired goals, while providing the accountability you’re looking for to go to the next level.

How will Coaching help me?

When you work with a Professional Coach, you are bringing in a team player who is committed to your success. You have the accountability you need to not only reach your goals, but to also help you end previously destructive behaviors and create a road map to future success.

How is Coaching different from Therapy?

Coaching helps people ask: “Now what and where do I go from here?” instead of focusing on the past and the “Why?” as in traditional therapy. Coaching is very forward thinking and helps highly functional people obtain what they want now and in the future for their lives. Coaching is also not designed to address, diagnose or treat clinical disorders such as anxiety, depression, addiction and so forth. You can also get a good idea between the differences between therapy and coaching from the chart below:

GENERAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COACHING AND THERAPY

Therapy Coaching
Assumes the client needs healing Assumes the clients is highly-functional
Roots in medicine, psychiatry Roots in business and personal growth venues
Works with people to achieve self-understanding and emotional healing Works to motivate people to a higher level of functioning
Focuses on feelings and past events, past-orientation Focuses on actions and the future; goal-orientation
Explores the root of problems Focuses on solving problems
Works to bring the unconscious into consciousness Works with the conscious mind
Works for internal resolution of pain and to let go of old patterns Works for solutions to overcome barriers, learn new skills and implement effective choices
   

 
Source: Hayden, C. J., and Whitworth, L. "Distinctions Between Coaching and Therapy." International Association of Personal and Professional Coaches Newsletter, October 1995.

How long do people generally work with a Coach?

After the initial FREE session, generally two- three month commitment is recommended in the beginning to see the best results. At the conclusion of the time period, we will evaluate your progress, and decide where we go from there.

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