Coaching FAQs

Why coaching?

Unlike many other one-on-one helping modalities, Coaching is a true partnership. While I may be the expert in the process, you are the expert of your own life. As your coach I'm not here to tell you what to do, or what the right answer is. Instead, our work together will help you to develop your self-awareness, connect more deeply with your inner sense of purpose, and discover the answers you need all on your own. Beyond that, coaching is as much about action as it is about exploration. You'll take your dreams, desires, and vision and put them into practice by creating realistic, achievable plans of action and staying accountable to them.

How does it work?

Our sessions together will be over the phone or through video chat (whichever is your preference). I find this to be most comfortable and convenient way for my clients to get the most out of their coaching experience. Whether you want to be at home in your sweats, at the office, or out in nature, you have the choice to be coached wherever you feel most focused and open. 

What can I be coached on?

In life coaching, our sessions are really only as limited as the word "life" is. Sometimes you may want to focus on your career, other times it may be personal relationships or self-care. Ultimately our work together is more about your beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions and how they impact your life holistically than it is about any one specific area. 

Is coaching the same thing as therapy?

While coaching and therapy are both one-on-one helping modalities, they each have a unique purpose and approach. Coaches are not mental health professionals (although there are several people that have trained to be both) and are not licensed to diagnose or treat mental illness. The focus of therapy may be to heal past trauma, cope with grief, or manage a mental health issue. Coaching, on the other hand, is a future-oriented modality. Coaches partner with their clients to create a vision for their life, to address any beliefs or perceptions that might be blocking their success, and to create actionable plans to reach their goals. Coaching and therapy can work wonderfully together, but it's always important to speak with your mental health professional before starting a coaching relationship to make sure it's appropriate for you.

What ethical guidelines do you follow?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) follows very similar ethical guidelines to the ones followed by mental health professionals. You can read more about them here.