Are you curious about coaching? Read on to learn more about what coaching is and how it can support your leadership focus and development.
What Can I Expect From My Coach?
Your coach is a professional who partners with you to make changes in your life so as to enhance, expand, and bring fulfillment to your experience of living.
The coach sees no one right or wrong path to achieving your goals. Through coaching you can rediscover your dreams, find deeper meaning and renewed purpose, grow healthier and increase the love, happiness and joy in your life.
Each client is unique and each coaching session is tailored in a way that respects the individual.
As your coach, I work to meet you “where you are” and I follow your lead with regard to the pace and level of progress you are comfortable with.
Together we partner to create a safe space where openness, curiosity and honesty are valued. Through active listening, powerful questions and experiential activities, I, as your coach will facilitate and support your discovery of the steps required to help you realize your goals and manifest your full potential.
As a coach, I believe that the coaching process should be both transformational and fun.
I highly encourage laughter, playfulness and a sense of humor as key ingredients in the coaching process. When the experience of coaching and transformation is an enjoyable one, the change you undertake will generally be more impactful and sustainable.
What Is Not Covered In Coaching?
Coaching is not a therapeutic relationship and does not address mental health issues or pathology as diagnosed per the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Coaching is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care or substance abuse treatment and is not to be used as a substitute for the services of a licensed therapist.
The role of the coach is not to give advice or to steer you to a conclusion. However, there may be instances when I will shift from the coaching relationship into a consulting partnership, such as when you are in need of additional information regarding areas such as sales or business operations. Any consultation in the coaching relationship will generally be transitory, with the goal of providing information. As your coach, I will be sure to clarify when I am moving into a consulting role versus a coaching role in our sessions.
What Is My Responsibility As A Coaching Client?
Your responsibility as a coaching client is to be open to exploration of areas of resistance and curiosity, and to take the lead in formulating a plan/strategy to work with your area of focus.
Any decisions and choices made by you in our sessions are completely up to you. You are solely responsible for your emotional wellbeing throughout the term of our coaching sessions. If there is any change to your mental or emotional health during the term of our coaching partnership, including your beginning psychological counseling or psychotherapy, you agree to disclose such changes to your coach immediately.
You agree to “show up” for your coaching session by being on time and prepared for your session so that you may get the most out of our time together. Implementation assignments (“homework”) will be given after each session to facilitate your growth, however there is no penalty if you do not do the assignment. In fact, incomplete assignments also provide opportunity for self-exploration and discovery.
If you must cancel a session, kindly provide 24-hour notice via phone or email. In the event of a no-show, the client may forfeit all or part of the fee for your prepaid coaching session.
Do not be afraid to speak up if you feel a session is getting off track, not going in the direction you want or if any other concerns arise during our time together. This is your journey and I am here to support you in your exploration.
It is important to understand that Coaching is a professional relationship. While it may feel at times like a close personal relationship, it is not one that can extend beyond professional boundaries, either during or after our work together. Considerable experience shows that when boundaries blur, the hard-won benefits gained from the coaching relationship are endangered.
What Happens In A Typical Coaching Session?
Each coaching session is approximately 60 minutes in length. Prior to the initial session, you will be provided with a Welcome Packet designed to help the coach better understand your needs, your style of communicating and learning, and your expectations for the coaching process. You will need to email your completed forms back to [email protected] 24-hours prior to our initial session.
Sessions may take via Zoom or over the phone. In our first session, we will start by reviewing the Coaching Agreement; set session ground rules and discuss your completed Welcome Packet. During all sessions you will take the lead by indicating what areas in your life you would like to focus on. These areas can range from career issues, personal and relationship matters, to health or finances to name a few.
In holistic coaching we partner to look at your question/issue from many perspectives including somatic (physical), mental/emotional, community and spiritual.
Sessions may include activities and exercises designed to facilitate the change process, and include a key take-away or homework that will allow you to commit to small, attainable tasks designed to encourage sustainable change and grow your confidence as you move toward your goals. These assignments are intended to be fun ways in which to explore and implement the small changes that will become the building blocks of sustainable change. These activities will be designed by you and tailored to your specific needs because you are the architect of your change process.
In subsequent sessions, we will begin our time together with a check-in, to discuss the prior session’s homework and any ah-ha’s you discovered since our last meeting.
The coach-client relationship is a confidential one, providing you with a safe environment in which to explore. Nothing discussed in our sessions will be shared with a third party, the exception being situations in which disclosure is required by law.
How Long Will It Take Before I See A Change?
Coaching is a process, and every coaching client is unique. While many people manifest change for themselves in a short time, others can take longer.
Creation of deep and lasting change generally takes several months to achieve. While not required, it is recommended that the client allow for a minimum commitment of three months in order to experience optimum benefit from the coaching experience.