FAQ

What is life coaching?
How is coaching different from therapy?
Why should I see a life coach? Why can’t I do it on my own?
Whose the right coach for me?
What is your coaching methodology?
Where do the coaching sessions take place?
Can I receive a complimentary initial consultation?

What is life coaching?

In its simplest terms, coaching is a process that helps you get more of what you want and need for you life. Generally speaking, it is a three-step process which:

  1. Defines your values, needs and wants
  2. Establishes a Practical Action plan to get it
  3. Provides ongoing direction, accountability and support

How is coaching different from therapy?

Therapy and coaching can complement each other or stand alone. In either case, each works in different ways. Therapy usually focuses on uncovering and recovering a person’s past, while coaching is more about helping a person, from where they are now, to live a more satisfying life through an action-oriented approach.

Why should I see a life coach? Why can’t I do it on my own?

If you want to do your taxes, you’d go to a certified public accountant.

If you want to train for a marathon, you’d see a professional personal trainer.

If you want to make beneficial changes in your life, you’d go to a certified life coach.

If you are interested in making changes in your life, working with a coach not only provides the expertise of someone who is accomplished in bringing about transformation but also allows you a neutral, third-party viewpoint that can give you consistent support and accountability that you don’t often get working on your own or with friends and family.

Whose the right coach for me?

The right coach is someone you feel you can trust and speak openly with about all aspects of your life. She is someone that understands who you are, where you want to go with your life and what it will take to get there. A coach can have years of experience, but ultimately it’s a personal connection. You will know it when you feel it.

I would recommend that you interview coaches as you would a potential staff member or nanny. Ask the questions that might be important to you, such as “what kind of training and experience do you have?” or “what is your coaching methodology?”

Also, unlike a therapist, your coach will be more inclined to pull from her own experience so feel free to ask more personal questions that will help you make a more informed decision.

What is your coaching methodology?

My training and personal approach to coaching have been informed by the basic Buddhist principle of reducing suffering in our lives by building our capacity to live more fully in the present.

I coach my whole client, not just the HR manager or marathon runner but the HR manager who is a divorced marathon runner with two kids, a shin splint and a broken Blackberry.

As much as we have learned to compartmentalize, we are still the sum of our parts, and as much as we’d like to deny it, if our Blackberry goes on the blink, our kids get sick or we have that shin splint that won’t heal, the odds are other aspects of our lives will be affected. In our coaching relationship we will work together to position all aspects of your life so that they are in alignment with your goals, beliefs and values.

Where do the coaching sessions take place?

All individual coaching takes place over the telephone. My clients enjoy both the convenience and the effectiveness of this approach. They feel safe being able to engage in coaching from a place where they feel comfortable and secure.

Can I receive a complimentary initial consultation?

Yes, since finding the right coach is such a personal decision, I always have an initial consultation with my clients so that we can address any questions or concerns you might have about the process and about my experience and approach to coaching.